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MultiHull's Favourite Stopovers: Cape Town

Published on 01 october 2015 at 0h00

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While chatting with the naval architect Alexander Simonis, he shows us a photo of his bolthole office. Through the panoramic bay window, the Cape bay is visible, with Table Mountain in the background. The colors are comparable to those of a Scottish loch. It's magical. We understand immediately why he is so attached to this part of the world, and how it inspires him. Cape Town lies on the 33rd parallel, to the north of the Cape of Good Hope, with the warm Atlantic Ocean lapping at its shores. This town, often considered to be South Africa's most beautiful, enjoys a Mediterranean climate, and the constant breeze isn't just a joy for us sailors. It also helps to temper the hot months of January, February and March...well it is the southern hemisphere!

In tennis there are four major tournaments which make up the Grand Slam. In ocean sailing there are three big Capes. Alongside Leeuwin and Horn it is one of the three legendary Capes: Good Hope. To the northwest, which can be either the last mooring before the South, or the first refuge after having navigated the fearsome Cape Agulhas, is the Cape. Or should we say THE Cape. Originally called the Cape of Storms, it was renamed Good Hope in the fifteenth century when those who were heading for the East Indies could finally start to head east after weeks of only travelling south. This is a stopover point which evokes our youth. In the wake of Vasco de Gama, sailors in round the world races with stopovers, whether solo ...

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