Photos – First Atlantic Crossing

 

 16 December 2014

The Van Zyls leaving Cape Town on their yacht Shang Du to circumnavigate the globe.

Marike holding the balloons

Marike holding the balloons

Frans and Marike hoisting the South African FlagMarike and Frans as we hoist our South African flag

 

 

The Van Harmelen Family coming to see us off in Cape Town at the Royal Cape Yacht Club

The Van Harmelen Family came to see us off in Cape Town at the Royal Cape Yacht Club

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Photos taken by the Van Harmelens as we leave the mooring

Sailing out of Duncan Dock smallAnd away we go!!!

Marike making the Peppermint Crisp Tart for Franci's Bithday

Marike making the Peppermint Crisp Tart for Franci’s Bithday

Christmas on board. Note the roasted potatoes.

Christmas on board. Note the roasted potatoes.

 

Marike and Franci with their new phones. You can see Franci is really concentrating here.

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.

Karin was VERY happy. She was supposed to wait until her 13th birthday for a phone, but we made an exception.

DSC04362Sunrise 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!!

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

This was the furthest I ventured from the cockpit for quite some time

 

Franci sitting in the shade of the sail.

Franci sitting in the shade of the sail.

Sophia holding a flying fish

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 mke them dificult to eat

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

Frans “swimming” on the aft deck

Everyone in the cockpit as we slowly near St. Helena - of course, the autopilot wanted some attention too
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.

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.

Frans_Log_ImageFinally here it is possible to see our whole route from Cpe Town to St. Helena. Thank you Tiana!

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    • Derika on February 14, 2015 at 5:32 pm
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    Awesome!

    • Michiel on February 15, 2015 at 1:52 pm
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    Lyk ongelooflik.
    Julle is BAIE braaf. Sit nie in enigiemand se ‘broek’ om so ‘n avontuur aan te pak nie.
    Soos ek ry gedurende die dag, dink ek aan alles wat mens moet voorbereid wees voor . . . . “And the list goes on . . and on . . .and on.
    Ek volg so half julle toer, maar probeer assdeblief tyd en datum by alles sit . . . ek raak deurmekaar . . .

    Sterkte !!!

    Het julle al reg gekom met die enjine van die boot ? Start dit nou weer ? Kan julle net uit daai ‘windstil areas help’

    1. Haai Michiel, dankie dat jy die moeite doen om ons blog te volg. Die beste manier om die blogs in volgorde te lees is om na die Archives seksie te gaan en op die maande te klik waarin jy belangstel. Die verskillende blogitems word dan in volgorde weergegee vanaf nuutste tot oudste. Ons skryf maar wanneer ons kan en pos dit in dieselfde volgorde as wat dit geskryf word. Die enjin is nognie uitgesorteer nie, maar word op die oomblik aan gewerk.

  1. Ons het SA verlaat in Nov 2012. Atlantiese oseaan gekruis en na 33 dae Rio bereik. Op ons website is inligting oor hoe om teen Brazil se kus op te seil met koordinate gekry vanaf ‘n seiler van Brazil.

    Sien uit daarna om julle te volg.

    Ons het verlede seisoen die Leeward en Windward eilande van die Caribbean gedoen.
    Hierdie seilseisoen doen ons BVI, USVI, Puerto Rico, Turks & Caicos asook Bahamas.

    Volgende seisoen Cuba en Belize en daarna gaan ons deur Panama na Stille oceaan.

    Mag julle vele veilige seemyle ervaar. Belangrikste is om dit te geniet.

    Groete

    Zack en Magda

    • Toni Mc Adam on March 3, 2015 at 12:40 pm
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    Hi Frans and Karin and girls,
    This is so exciting! May we follow you around the world? My kids are so excited to read about your trip! They esp. Liked tge flying fish!
    Toni …..Rach Schuster sister

    1. Of course you may follow us!!! It remains a tremendous compliment to us when people read our blog and escpecially when you take the time to comment. We remember you well.

    • Marius on March 4, 2015 at 6:13 am
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    Hallo Frans , Karin en kinders, ons is verlig om te sien julle is veilig oor die Atlantic. Klink of julle dit geniet. Sterkte

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