Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Cape town moves in to winter

Winter, the name means different things to different people, so called global warming may affect some, our winter is not yet as harsh as that one spent down south by Iron Bark and my good friend Annie Hill.

 Picture by Trevor?

Thats Annie holding the bowsprit up.

By late spring Iron Bark was completly buried by snow.

Remind me to stay north of Antartica this winter!

How hard can that be.

Read more about Trevor and Annie in this blog, now that is a real winter.

Annie has her own blog, there is a lot of detail on the spots they visited here.
Did you know there was a Transvaal Bay in Antartica, well Gough Island anyway, there is a South African weather base down there.

40°21'S 9°52'W
Chart 1769: Gough Island
H M Admiralty Pilot, Africa Vol ii

Gough Island lies just in the Roaring Forties and is 230 miles SSE of Tristan de Cunha. It is a dependency of St Helena. The South African Government lease the island for use as a weather station, which is situated at Transvaal Bay on the SE end of the island. Visitors are not permitted ashore unless they have a medical emergency– such as a loose filling. There is a paramedic on the island, who was very obliging about Badger’s emergency.

Gough Island is well watered and covered in luxurious vegetation. There are several mountains, the highest being Edinburgh Peak at 910m.

Transvaal Bay


We anchored in Transvaal Bay, nearly 1 cable N of Standoff Rock and a little S of the gorge, S of the met. station, in a depth of 13m, rocky bottom. This gives good protection from the W’ly quadrant, but is otherwise exposed. There is no easy landing ashore, but it might be possible to do so at the gorge (the cliffs are very steep, but a rope on the N side of the gorge, is rigged to assist access).

The Traditional Boat Association

Note,Annie Hill was one of the TBA editors while she was staying here in Cape Town, she bought a locally built Van Der Stadt, Dogger and intended cruising that but seems to have had the offer from Trevor to sail on Iron Bark. Annie has writen many books and it showed in the fine quality of her TBA news letters, many thanks Annie.

Annie Hill continued her sailing aboard Iron Bark, a 35ft, steel gaff cutter. She and Pete divorced in 2001 and she now travels with her second husband, Trevor Robertson. In 2004/05 they spent the winter on Iron Bark frozen in a remote bay in Greenland.[citation needed] She is now based in New Zealand where she lives aboard a 26ft fibreglass boat Fantail that she converted to junk rig in 2011.
Annie has now covered more than 165,000 nautical miles (306,000 km) under sail. In March 2010, she and Trevor received one of the most prestigious awards in the sailing world, theBlue Water Medal of the Cruising Club of America
My thanks to Wikipedia for the info in the two paragraphs above.


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