Posted by: powellpjc | April 17, 2013

St Helena

Wasn’t going to stop here but the winds blew me in. Napoleon is buried here on land owned by French Government and his internment house is pretty and well kept. Exile was not bad, I’d say. I’ll take it any day.
No harbour here but they do have big moorings, impossible to pick up for a singlehander. I tried 6 times until a fishing boat came along to help. I took few pics, sorry.
Expensive fuel and few fresh veggies.

The rocky, forbidding coastline and hills of St. Helena. Nap Bona is buried up in those rocky hills.

The rocky, forbidding coastline and hills of St. Helena. Nap Bona is buried up in those rocky hills.


21 days from there to Brazil. I wanted to go to Salvador but winds would not cooperate so ended up in Rio. Boat show coming this week so I have to leave in 2 days. Damn. I wanted to go north to Governador Valadares to go flying but no way now.
Bought a whack of fishing tackle in South Africa and caught 2 barracuda and one very large squid.
$500 worth of no catching gear.

$500 worth of no catching gear.


Couldn’t face the 1st barracuda but I tried the second one. Don’t bother. They are snakes with bones like darning needles, and longer.
A snake with knitting needle bones.

A snake with knitting needle bones.


And very sharp teeth. Don't mess with them.

And very sharp teeth. Don’t mess with them.

I did land one flying fish–well he did the landing and the takeoff area in the cockpit was too small to relaunch so breakfast for Pete.
Only failure was sheared bolt on wind vane. Tied her up real good and it worked, but not accurately. A lot of hand steering.

Beverly Hillbillies sail again. The wind vane tied, sort of.

Beverly Hillbillies sail again. The wind vane tied, sort of.


Heading for Uruguay on 19th, into the wind by the looks of it. Sailing. Fun, only different.
Pete

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  1. Deck looks good ,only a few signs of surface rust.Blue ocean,blue sky ——-where did singing the blues come from ?
    TW


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