Posted by: catamarantwooceans | January 7, 2010

Luderitz adventures

7.1.10 – Thursday – A harbour tug came by in the morning and told us we were to close to the channel and need to move. Anchor up and we motored to a free mooring nearby. The mooring’s line was not thick enough so we passed one of our ropes right through the chain feeling we are secure for any wind that may come up.

We then went over to Immigration and when we showed our Israeli passports the agent raised his eyebrows and informed us that we needed visas and that as we did not have them we will have to stay on the boat. This being Africa, he took us outside and found a typical solution. Shaking hands with Zulu, some bills passed over and we were formally accepted into Namibia.

friendly immigrations

He then told us about an Israeli man living in town and said:” Look, there he is on the dock!” Soon the guy, Solomon Wolf came by.

Solomon the diamond man

It turns out he explores for diamond on the sea bed. Oh well! We wish him luck! He took us to see the Jewish cemetery, they have a plot in the general one.

Jewish grave

He then had to go but joined us later as we sat down for lunch in the Diaz coffee shop, a local favourite located in an old German looking building. He brought a friend of his, Paul Van Gysen, who, according to Solomon was the first to find the diamond under water and is a very rich man.

Paul the diamond man 2

He was a fun guy all right and we all had good time when suddenly a man burst into the place and told us that “Windmiller” broke away from her mooring and lodged herself onto one of the fishing boats in the harbour. Immediately we rushed over to save our ship.

Quick work and superb handling by Zulu freed us from the trap and soon (but not before me banging my head on the main boom and seeing stars in broad daylight) we were anchored safely. We found out that the rope we passed through the chain chafed and broke. As Miri told Zulu:” your guardian angel kept an eye on you again!” The damage – a bent pulpit and a lifeline detached from its place. A big lesson learned here – we should have tied the line, not just pass it through!

I managed to take a few pictures.


seen from the boat




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