Pennant Nine cruise - 6\7 August 2005
The following yachts joined us on our cruise a couple of weeks ago :
Just about - Trevor & Vicki
She's boss - Luke & Robyn
Stress - Roland & Karen
Windfall - Erwee & Danie (Anchor Creek)
Tulloch - Simon, Sheryl & Spencer
Dajoran - Daniel & Vanessa
Moonshiner - Tommy, Sabine, Ken & ladies
Freya - Helmut & Elizabeth (Manten Marina)
We left LDYC +- 10am in warm sunshine but with not much wind, so motor sailing was necessary. We rounded Beacon Isle & encountered the start of the Grand slams which appeared well attended but very little wind seemed to hamper the starts.
Beacon Isle is still home to the seagulls & Spencer enjoyed throwing bread to them & they followed our yacht as far as the food was provided.
Due to the distance to get to Pennant Nine, lunch was part of the motor cruise. We passed impala on the shore at Confluence & saw flamingoes as we entered Big Bend.
We arrived at Pennant Nine in time for rugby supporters to watch the crucial rugby match in which SA proved victorious. Non rugby fans chose to have an afternoon snooze & joined the celebrations later. Due to the motor sail, some cruisers had to find fuel for the return journey which proved not to be much problem as Pennant Nine had stock to sell.
Wallie, the barman, sorted out our thirsts & Stompie started braai fires for us. Many thanks to them! We had a wonderful braai under clear, windless skies. We met Helmut & Elizabeth who sail Freya, Holiday 23 & are our first cruisers from Manten Marina.
Some of us enjoyed liquers & coffee with Trevor & Vicki on their Hunter 28, while others supported the pub for a while or enjoyed an early night's sleep.
Everyone enjoyed a peaceful night's sleep with no wind. There wasn't catered breakfast so everyone made use of ablution facilities & headed back to LDYC at their own pace. We could smell breakfast was on the go on Moonshiner - Ken at the stove. Thanks to Trevor & Vicki for coffee & rusks - you may join us again! As usual, many thanks to all who joined us on this cruise. We look forward to the next cruise - 15\16 October 2005, please join us!
We wish you all a wonderful summer,
Simon & Sheryl Fisher.