Karin Van Zyl

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3 Weke oor !!!

Vandag oor drie weke vertrek ons Kaapstad toe. Daar is so baie “Laastes” wat nou besig is om te gebeur. Ek probeer om nie te veel te dink nie, dan hoop ek dat ek nie sal tjank nie. Alhoewel ons beplan om na 3 jaar terug te kom, sal dit nooit weer presies lyk soos NOU …

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The Name Game

The name of our Yacht is SHANG DU. This was her name when we bought her. The previous owner told us that Shang Du means: “Pleasure Dome.” “Pleasure Dome”?? Who goes around the world with their four daughters in a boat called PLEASURE DOME??? Our immediate resolve was TO CHANGE THE NAME as soon as possible! HOWEVER…… Frans …

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Five weeks to go…..

On the Twelfth day of Christmas, my True Love gave to me…… 51 rolls of toiletpaper, 14 tubes of toothpaste, 12 litres of shampoo, 12 litres of conditioner, 3 bottles Milton, 6 kg washing powder, 504 paper handkerchiefs, 110 refuse bags, 10 dishwashing cloths, 5 rolls of cotton, 40 hairpins, 4 liters  of dishwashing liquid …and …

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Hair raising story

On our yacht we have 5 females. Females are different to males. They have hair issues. Here are the  important factors to consider when sailing with hair: Fresh water is very limited. The air is very humid. Curly hair easily become dreadlocks. When sailing, there is a lot of wind. No wind, no sailing. Swimming …

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Why are we doing this?

It is all the fault of my MOTHER-IN-LAW!!!! She was born with this “thing” in her system. A little, but far reaching gene called “The Travel Bug”! It so happens that out of her four sons I just had to choose the one on whom she bestowed this gene in it’s entirety. All of her …

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One Month and 17 days……

WOW! Things are really becoming very hectic, very soon. We have just come back from Cape Town where we spend the last – yes, THE LAST, time on our boat before we go down for the final sail. We are determined to set sail during the first week in December. However, Charles – our do-everything man …

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Aan al ons Afrikaanse Vriende en Familie: Ons dink en leef en raak verdrietig in Afrikaans. Dus sou dit gepas gewees het om ons “Blog” in Afrikaans te bedryf, MAAAR…… Nou het ons soveel goeie pêlle en dierbare vriende en selfs familie wat nie ‘n woord Afrikaans verstaan nie! Dit beteken dat die hoofdeel van …

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The Girls

By God’s amazing Grace, we have four lovely daughters. Each one with their own unique character and special contribution to the Van Zyl family. To demonstrate their differences, I have only to describe their responses to the whole sailing thing. When Frans and I  flew down to Cape Town to go and look at a …

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