Ship's Log 05 February 2017 1500:|
Anchorage Richmond Park Transport Shanks’s Pony | 51° 26' 3 N x 0° 17' 1 W NNW 8 knots | 1012 millibars | Overcast, rain in the offing
|From a jury bundle ... the loss of Baltic Wind.|
As Sailing to Purgatory reveals, a so-called sailing expert told the longest-ever English trial that I could easily have sailed into the South African port a storm stopped me reaching.
Powerful South Easterly winds prevented the yacht from holding a course for the harbour. The ‘expert’ denied it. He 'knew' nothing like bad weather had forced me to change direction and head for historic Jamestown instead.
The prosecution even called in a so-called weather expert to confirm that no bad weather was active in the Southern Ocean at the time. I wondered then - and still wonder now - why these two fellows felt perfectly free to make their claims in court and under oath. To right their wrongs, it seemed, two genuine sailing experts confirmed just how unlikely it was that I could have reached Cape Town.
I’m dwelling on this particular part of the trial because the anniversary of the start of that demanding storm is on the 13th, the day before Valentine's, just a few days off.