Final Blog Entry for this Voyage
Imvubu is now back at the Bluff Yacht Club where she is undergoing a refit after the hard use over the past three years. She is being prepared for her next voyage which is being planned for November 2013. The destination is the Antarctic, Straits of Magellan, Chile Coast, Panama Canal and on to Europe.
I undertook the voyage merely to explore the world on my own terms and had no idea that it would turn out to be of such epic proportions. I hope all you faithful followers of this blog have enjoyed the journey with me. I feel humbled by the accolades that have been heaped on me and wish to express my deepest appreciation to the Ocean Cruising Club, SA Sailing and the Royal Natal Yacht Club.
Ralf Dominick -
The Voyage Route
This cartoon was created by Lawrence Moorcroft, a member of the Bluff Yacht Club in Durban:
Wednesday 7th November 2012, Durban South Africa
Today at 13:00 I entered the harbour channel at Durban accompanied by a welcoming flotilla carrying friends and family. The welcome was totally unexpected and overwhelming!
This marks the completion of my circumnavigation that started at Durban on the 2nd January 2010 and covered a distance of 41,625 nautical miles.
The 1,500nm leg from Reunion was a mixed bag: it started with no wind for two days, good sailing for two days followed by three days of gales while rounding Madagascar. The last three days were marked by light winds requiring me to motor the last 500 miles.
Sunday 28th October 2012, Saint Pierre, Reunion
This morning at 10:30 I departed the town dock and set off on the last leg of the circumnavigation. The forecast was not great but I opted to depart in any event and take the weather on the chin around Madagascar and then have a clear run into Durban.