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January 3, 2006

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This was my first exposure to so many blacks. We have a lot of news about SA, but the news is only the second best way to learn about a place and not a good way to learn about the people. I find them very warm and sincere and would have enjoyed more time here.

There are a lot of things to see and the holiday season is on now. Tourist things open good hours, but it is hard to find where to buy boat things or get repairs done. We enjoyed our time here and hope to return. Brad bought lots of stuff in case we don't.

Sailmail is our primary method of communicating and has been for many sailors for many years. While here we met Stan and Sally Honey who generously started Sailmail and continue to devote time to it. They came to the boat and we had a good visit. Stan is also the Navigator on 'ABN Amro' the leading boat at this leg of the Volvo Around the world race. Stan introduced us to their weatherman, Ken Campbell of www.commandersweather.com who provided us with a valuable weather outlook. Thank you Stan and your lovely wife Sally.

There is a weather window for us now so we can't wait. The Agulhas current and the southern ocean make getting out and around the corner difficult. After frantically getting things repaired and in order we left at 05:15 Jan 1st, 06. Good to be at sea again, but at 11:00 on Jan 2nd we discovered a broken motor mount and were forced to turn back to Africa. We will go to Mossel Bay for repairs and hope to arrive there after dark on Jan 3rd. Didn't think we would get back this soon.