04.15.2011 - 04.16.2011
CAPE TOWN AFRICA
We rounded the Cape of Good Hope and Table Mountain came into view. The Cape is also called Cape Storm, and as we sailed south on Friday the winds increased dramatically.
The winds increased from the southeast but the sky remained totally clear and beautiful.
The rock formation is called the Twelve Apostles.
Cape Town nestles below Signal Hill and Table Mountain, flanked by Devil's Peak and Lion's Head.
The winds steadily increased to about 65 miles an hour causing the Port Authority to close the port to all ships.
The Pilot boat struggled to get close enough for the pilot to climb aboard and then leave after the port was closed.
We had spent the night comfortably floating in Table Bay and the next morning in the beauty of the sunrise the cloudy "tablecloth" on Table Mountain was tinged with pink.
This exhausted pigeon flew onto the ship and took refuge from the wind.
The port was opened as the winds lessened somewhat around noon on Saturday. Crewmen struggled at the bow of our ship to attach a cable to the tug that would help us through the port entrance.