From Malcolm’s Desk…

A FRIENDLY REMINDER TO ALL THOSE ON CHAIN MOORINGS…
Maintenance of ground tackle is entirely your own responsibility. During the last bad winds we had a problem with no less than five boats on the chains. Four dragged their anchors and one broke its mooring. This can be an inconvenience to other Yachties and can cause damage to their boats as well. Please don’t forget to attend to your anchors, chains, ropes and shackles…

AND TO THOSE ON WALK-ON MOORINGS…
Please check your Mooring lines: with the windy weather, there have been instances where these have failed.

OPENING OF ‘TRADE WINDS’:
Next door to the Marina offices is a brand new Coffee Shop. They make a fantastic Cappuccino. Be sure to support this new venture on the mole! We recommend the Toasted Bacon and Banana on whole wheat 

sy “COCOKAI”:
On Tuesday afternoon (28th October) the yacht advised the Marina (via Roy Cook on Peri Peri Radio) that they had engine trouble and would require assistance. NSRI were called and met up with the boat and brought them into the harbor and onto the Marina.

AHOY FROM THE PERI PERI MARITIME NET CONTROLLER, ROY COOK:
It’s that time of the year again when the round the world cruisers start arriving from far off distant places. These sailors call us on the Peri Peri net, the base station being in Durban, with a relay station in Mozambique, Madagascar and Cape Town. This is our SSB radio net that we have been operating for the last 30 years. The net is on the air twice a day, every day giving weather reports, routing advice, general navigation and safety precautions when they are sailing into our met area. The advice that is given to them has been appreciated, especially when rounding the bottom of Madagascar or finding out the best conditions to cross the Agulhas Current whilst sailing west.

For more news from PERI PERI, check out: http://www.periperiradio.net/PeriPeriRadio/index.html

BOOK BY GIPSY GIRL’S GILBERT GOOR:
For those of you who are interested in a good read about sailing, our very own Gilbert Goor has written “AND THE WIND CARRIED US”. You can order a copy direct from the author: grfgoor@hotmail.com
(Alternatively, he is en route back to Durban – so nab him for a copy when you next see him!)

STAY AFLOAT PLUG:
The Marina has been requested to advise our readers about a new product on the market!
‘Recently arrived in SA and Durban is a unique Boating and Marine Safety product called STAY AFLOAT. It is a one step, instant multi-use emergency Leak Plug and Sealant. The only one part mouldable product in the marine industry that works immediately and effectively by stopping, slowing or controlling leaks above or below the water line’. For more information, check out: www.stayafloatsa.co.za

Incidentally, Bowman will be using this sealant and updating us on its durability in due course.

COMPLIANCE:
We would like to thank all those who have come forward with their Seaworthiness, Port Licensing Disk and Insurance docs. Those that have not produced these yet: please, if you could do so at your earliest convenience.

THANKS & REGARDS,
MALCOLM

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