16 December 2014
The Van Zyls leaving Cape Town on their yacht Shang Du to circumnavigate the globe.
Marike holding the balloons
Marike and Frans as we hoist our South African flag
The Van Harmelen Family came to see us off in Cape Town at the Royal Cape Yacht Club
Photos taken by the Van Harmelens as we leave the mooring
And away we go!!!
Marike making the Peppermint Crisp Tart for Franci’s Bithday
Christmas on board. Note the roasted potatoes.
Marike and Franci with their new phones. You can see Franci is really concentrating here and Frans is disturbing her.
Karin was VERY happy. She was supposed to wait until her 13th birthday for a phone, but we made an exception.
Sunrise as seen from Shang Du. Frans was usually the only one around to witness this.
Eye Patch Alfie at the Helm. This is especially for you Uncle Brian!!
This was the furthest I ventured from the cockpit for quite some time
Franci sitting in the shade of the sail.
Sophia holding a flying fish
We would pick up the flying fish from the deck every morning. They taste very good. An oily texture, but with many tiny bones that make them dificult to eat.
Frans “swimming” on the aft deck
- Everyone in the cockpit as we slowly near St. Helena – of course, the autopilot wanted some attention too
A better photo of what it takes to fix the autopilot. Sophia and Karin have to keep the cubbies open, while Marike lies on her stomach to actually reach the right places. Frans works the steering and the rest give moral support.
Finally here it is possible to see our whole route from Cpe Town to St. Helena. Thank you Tiana!