Borobudur ship reaches Cape Town

Jan 5, 2004
Author: P&S

The 8th Century replica of a Borobudur sailing ship, manned by volunteers reached Cape Town safely this morning after departing from Mossel Bay. Below is reproduced the latest email bulletin received from the ship, dated prior to her arrival in Cape Town.

From the ship:

The ship has made good progress and this afternoon (Sunday) at around 6.30pm local time rounded the Cape of Good Hope. At 2200hrs local time the ship has 25 miles to run to Cape Town.

Presently travelling at 5 knots, the crew expect the wind to drop as they get further into the lee of the Cape. The crew also have to make a repair before entering the harbour which may take around an hour.

The crew therefore do not expect their arrival to be before 9.00hrs local time tomorrow. (Monday)

And here is the latest news update:

Distance travelled in the last 18 hours: - 69 miles

Safe in Cape Town!

We had a spectacular sail around the Cape of Good Hope in gale force winds.

Still the driving wind from astern caused little difficulty for the ship and we made well over 6 knots for most of the period. The view of the Cape Point was awesome and we managed to get some good aerial photography of the ship in heavy seas from a helicopter that was hired by the film crew for the purpose.

The run up the 30 miles or so to Cape Town started well but shortly after midnight the wind direction changed and we motored to overcome the lack of wind.

The wind then became much stronger and with only one engine working, because a propeller had been broken leaving Mossel Bay, we were making little actual progress. We could have held on for better conditions but that could have taken a day or two.

So whilst we were in no danger but time was short we asked the local National Sea Rescue Institute for a tow for the last 14 miles into Cape Town. Thanks guys.

So most of the 250 miles of the trip from Mossel Bay was done with a storm sail and even after getting a tow, was done in record time. We have now done over 7,000 miles since leaving Jakarta in August and the voyage must rank as the longest voyage of its type and along some of the world’s most difficult and treacherous coastlines.

We are now planning to get ready for the next 3,200 mile leg to Ghana and hope that we can do so within the next 5-7 days.

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