The paths of two legends of sailing cross in South Africa

The paths of two legends of sailing cross in South Africa

Susanne Huber-Curphy, s/v Nehaj, and Jon Sanders, s/v Peri Banou II, take a break at False Bay Yacht Club in Simon's Town, South Africa.

By Daria Blackwell - 27/01/2020

Piracy in the Middle East has turned South Africa into a major stopover for bluewater cruisers who are circumnavigating the world by sea and need an alternative route. Ocean Cruising Club Port Officers on both the Indian Ocean and South Atlantic shores have been increasingly busy welcoming visitors, often on the last legs of their journeys.

Robert Ravensberg, PO for Cape Town, recently hosted two legends of sailing, Australian Jon Sanders on his 11th circumnavigation and German Susanne Huber-Curphy, winner of the OCC Barton Cup in 2018 and participant in The Longue Route challenge last year who sailed in the wake of Moitessier -- one and half times around the earth non-stop and solo. They were joined by Jeremy Bagshaw, from South Africa who has signed up for the next Golden Globe Race and hopes to be at the start line for #GGR2022 in the Suhaili class.*

A favourable weather window has enabled them to continue on with their respective journeys.

Photo: Jeremy Bagshaw, Susanne Huber-Curphy and Jon Sanders at the FBYC, with Robert Ravensberg (standing). Credit: Robert Ravensberg

*Correction: The article originally stated that Jeremy sailed in the 2018-2019 edition of the race. It has been corrected to reflect that he plans to sail in the next edition in 2022.

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