Feb 1 - Daily happenings

Walvis Bay is the largest port in Namibia. We counted over 50 ship AIS targets, and there were plenty more craft around. The yacht anchorage is in front of the Oceans Restaurant, and is obvious by the many masts on moorings there. Depth is about 3 meters, and moorings are available for rent from the Yacht Club, a blue and white building furthest to the right out on the point when facing the shore. We met Pascal and Martine from the catamaran Steel Band, just as they were returning from a last provisioning before heading out to St Helena. Pascal related that any boat service or repair required is available here; nice to know. We walked into town, about 2-3 km each way, to the Spar supermarket. There’s also an OK Grocery and a bunch of chain food outlets. Because it was Sunday, all the shops were closed except for the groceries, open until 1 pm. We’ve been using the hot showers at the YC; their internet is sketchy. Much faster internet is the wifi at the Oceans Restaurant; blazing would be an apt description. What a nice change from the frustrating, slow internet thruout our stay in SA. Matt was able to go kite surfing as well; the flat waters conducive to fast speeds and acrobatics. The many pelicans and flamingoes make a nice backdrop to the lagoon, and there’s a nice walk along the waterfront esplanade for viewing. Should also mention that we’re moored right near a bunch of catamarans which take tourists out for harbor and seal tours every morning.
Pic: Matt kiting among the local pelican flocks.

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