I helped Steve put the main sail up whilst she was still moored to the marina – it is a bit more work than on Nolwandle!

On Thursday morning at about 10am Dixi Rollar left Hout Bay bound for St Helena and Cabedelo, Brazil. It was a sad and happy departure. This was the fulfilment by Steve of his dream. After about 15 years in which he built her, left her, came back again and for the past four years or so has completely refitted her. Today he was able to sail away in his dream boat – Dixi Rollar. Together with his wife Renata, Liz (the former owner of Nolwandle) and Lize they will be spending the next few months on the South Atlantic.

Dixi Rollar was built in steel by Steve. The main mast is a pine tree chopped down at Rhodes Memorial, from a stand specially grown for ship masts.

Then they disappeared from sight. A few hours later we saw them as a small speck out to sea opposite Llandudno. We wish them fair winds from behind and a relaxing cruise to Brazil.