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23 Apr 2013 06:35
PART 2: Sunflower Departs South Africa 
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On March 6th we made an overnight sail to Cape Town, and the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront (V&A) Marina, arriving at 8am. We had to motor through two swing-bridges to enter the marina. The only problem was a very large sea lion, who would not allow JJMoon, our buddy-boat, to dock in one slip, so they went to another. These seals can be pretty nasty- growling, showing their teeth, and sometimes even charging at you. We were all very excited to be here in Cape Town, and have completed the last step of rounding the southern tip of South Africa.

The V&A marina is in the V&A waterfront area, which is the tourist epicenter of the western cape. It has a spectaclular view of Table Mountain and a huge shopping center, complete with a Ferris wheel, aquarium, boat rides, street entertainment, and so many restaurants that we have been unable to try them all, in spite of our best efforts.

And there is always boat work. Major projects included re-heading the rod rigging, replacing side stay chain plates, and installing new GPSs.

Our current cruising plan is St. Helena, Ascension, Fernando de Noronha, near Brazil (maybe), and Grenada - where we will store Sunflower on the hard until January. We should be back in the US on 18 June.

We hope to see you while we are home.

Kathie & Dave Blanding