Namibia’s natural environment is inspiring on a grand scale, exchanging ocean waves for sand waves we make a road trip to the sand sea. Driving through herds of zebra and oryx we reach the red dunes of Sossusvlei. Climbing a towering dune to watch the sun come up and almost getting our 4×4 stuck in the sand were just part of the adventure.
STUCK IN QUICK SAND, whilst hiking the 2nd Largest Canyon in the world. Having sailed to Namibia we could not set off across the ocean without exploring the amazing natural environment that we found ourselves in. Exploring the Namibian interior with cruising friends we took on the challenge of the Fish River Canyon hike, we found stunning landscapes and crazy desert night skies.
Sailing into Namibia at dawn with the sun rising above the sand dunes was magical. Just inland we found an abandoned town in the desert. The height of luxury in its day, it is now being reclaimed by the sand. Join us as we explore.
Waves breaking into the cockpit to flat calms, Sailing 500 miles out into the Atlantic Ocean on our way to Namibia gave us quite an experience. 30 knots of wind and surfing at 10 knots in the middle of the night was balanced by a flat calm beautiful sunrise over the desert dunes. It feels amazing to be out sailing across oceans once more on our voyage around the planet. The start of a new adventure.
NO ENGINE sailing past Table Mountain to Cape Town in the ocean swell. We move to the start-line for our Atlantic crossing and share the story of an inspirational man circumnavigating the world without using an engine.
Boat work is a major part of any sailing circumnavigation. A broken VHF radio, broken bilge pump, life raft needing a service and rusted anchor chain needing replacement. These are just a few of the maintenance challenges we have to tackle for Florence to be ready to sail on across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean and then onward back to England once more.
Finding the perfect secluded WILD SWIMMING spot as we visit the Southern Tip of Africa, where the INDIAN OCEAN meets the ATLANTIC OCEAN. Visiting Cape Agulhas lighthouse in a gale just reminded us how lucky we were to have moderate conditions as we sailed Florence past this southernmost tip of the African Continent.
South Africa is a place for cruising sailors to make repairs and rest after the grueling Indian Ocean crossing and before attempting to sail cross the South Atlantic. We planned to stop here to work on Florence but we did not plan to get stuck here for so long. In this video we explain why Florence has not moved from the dock for 3 months. Sailing around the world is full of surprises.
The fearsome coast of South Africa delivers a real challenge as we attempt to sail round Africa’s southernmost tip and back into the Atlantic Ocean. The Cape of Good Hope is also known as the CAPE of STORMS and it lived up to that name, giving us big waves and gale force winds. Blasting along under storm jib alone we were in awe as we passed this major milestone on our voyage around the world and sailed into one of the most spectacular destinations we have visited.
Breaking our 24 hour distance record in some awesome offshore sailing conditions on South Africa’s WILD COAST, and hiking to the top of the WORLDS TALLEST WATERFALL, all in one episode. We had been dreading the fearsome sailing conditions on South Africa’s wild coast so when a weather window finally appeared we both took our seasickness tablets before casting off the lines. Before that we just had time to visit Tugella Falls on the Drackensberg ridge which has just been re-measured as the worlds tallest waterfall at nearly 1km tall!