Sailing Yacht SEA BUNNY

Christmas 2016 and New Year 2017 newsletter

Our activities since the 2015 news letter

This year we have visited four continents (Africa, South America, North America and Europe) – albeit one only briefly (3-hour stopover in Miami)! Also three oceans (Indian, South Atlantic and North Atlantic), two major waterfalls (Victoria and Iguaçu) and one sea (Caribbean) and maybe a partridge in a pear tree!

Click here to view a PDF version of the news letter as sent by post (fewer pictures).

As always we feel humbled and really privileged to be able to continue to travel experiencing countries as we do. There is further detail on our blogs.

Contrary winds prevented us from getting Sea Bunny from Richards Bay to Cape Town by Christmas. As we were scheduled to join Phil and Norma of Minnie B and Mike and Nikki of Zen Again on a wine tasting tour to Stellenbosch we drove 1100 km from Durban to Cape Town via the Transkei, Addo Elephant Park and the Garden Route.

Victoria Falls

Having succeeded in sailing Sea Bunny round the Cape and into the Atlantic in January, with 50 knot winds off Cape Point, we were able to use Cape Town as a base. In February we were off again, this time by air to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, Chobe Game Park in Botswana and on to Namibia..

Desert camping

Probably our last camping trip - three-weeks around Namibia in a 4WD vehicle with tents on the roof.


Simultaneously with our travels and some sightseeing around the Western Cape the boat was re-rigged and a new mainsail acquired as well as a mass of other maintenance activities.

The South Atlantic beckoned in mid-March. The 12 day passage to St Helena and the 14 days to Jacaré in north east Brazil provided us with calmer weather. The 10 yacht strong SSB net was poignant as most of the crews who had become our friends over the last two years – we will never sail with again.

The girls

The tiny fishing village of Jacaré was Sea Bunny’s base for our first UK trip of the year, taking in Susan’s 50-year reunion with the friends she started nursing with in Cambridge and the christening of her great-niece Emily.


Back in Brazil we had decided on three tourist “must-do’s”. We flew to Rio, then down to the Iguaçu Falls on the border with Argentina, where Richard’s 70th birthday was celebrated, and up to Manaus, where we boarded the MV Tucano for a 4-day trip on the Rio Negro seeing the minutiae of wildlife.

At the end of July Sea Bunny crossed the equator into the Northern Hemisphere for the second time and as the weather was holding, continued non-stop to Charlotteville in Tobago. We briefly considered continuing to cross our 2002 outbound track near Union Island but this idea was abandoned when we were hit by a nasty 45-knot squall. So the completion of a circumnavigation will be all the sweeter after Sea Bunny is repaired.

After 10 days in laid back Tobago chilling out with Ceilidh and Crystal Blues it was time to move to Chaguaramas in Trinidad for Sea Bunny to be lifted out at Powerboats yard for the damage sustained in Richards Bay, South Africa to be repaired.

Having sold our house in Surrey in 2015 we were house-hunting when in the UK in the autumn and bought a house in South Somerset. We will become land lubbers again. 

2017 should see Sea Bunny returning to home waters in the UK via the Windward Isles, Bermuda and the Azores.

We send our love and the compliments of the season to you and yours.

Susan & Richard


Route 2016

Some more pictures from the year

  • Temporarily the southernmost people in Africa - Cape Agulhus
  • It gets windy off Cape Point
  • The gorge below Victoria Falls
  • Tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel
  • Lots of elephants in Chobe National Park, Botswana
  • Evening cruise above Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Lioness - Etosha National Park, Namibia
  • Zebra Crossing
  • Rock art Twyfelfontein, Namibia
  • Lunar landscape, Namibia
  • Welwitchia plant - 1500 years old. Namib desert.\, Namibia
  • Dune 45, Sossusvlei, Namibia
  • Half way up Dune 45
  • Fish River Canyon, Namibia
  • Fish River Canyon, Namibia
  • The easy way  up Table Mountain!
  • Empty tomb of Napoleon Bonapart, St Helena
  • Jamestown, St Helena
  • Jacobs Ladder to the upper town, Jamestown, St Helena
  • The anchorage, Jamestown, St Helena
  • Daily performance of Ravel's Bolero, Jacare, Brazil
  • View from the hotel roof  bar, Ro de Janeiro
  • Rio and Sugar Loaf Mountain
  • Another cable car - Sugar Loaf Mountain, Rio
  • Copacabana Beach, Rio
  • Getting wet, Iguacu Falls, Brazil
  • Iguacu Falls, Brazil
  • Iguacu Falls, Brazil (Argentina at right of picture)
  • Devils Throat, Iguazu Falls, Argentina
  • Viewing the Devils Throat, Iguazu, Argentina
  • Our home for 4 days on the Rio Negro, Brazil
  • Sunrise, Ria Negro, Brazil
  • Meeting of the waters Amazon (muddy) Rio Negro (dark), Manaus, Brazil
  • Ceiling of the municipal market, Manaus, Brazil
  • Market goods, Manaus, Brazil
  • Royal Box, Manaus Opera House, Brazil
  • Roof detail Manaus Opera House. Shipped from Paris
  • Over 30000 pieces of Lego - Manaus Opera House
  • The florist has a good market here! Basilica de São Sebastião - Manaus
  • Town and anchorage, Charlotteville, Tobago
  • Englishmans' Bay, Tobago
  • jquery carousel
  • And finally - our new house, South Somerset, UK by v8.6




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