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06 Sep 2011

NSRI Hout Bay race to assists stricken “long liner”

NSRI Hout Bay race to assists stricken “long liner”

Taken from nsri.org.z:

Hout Bay – Monday 05th September 2011

At 15h48 NSRI Hout Bay and NSRI Table Bay sea rescue stations were placed on alert following a request for assistance from the 18.5 meter Long Line Fishing Trawler HERMAN S because rope was fouled around her propellors.

She was approximately 40 nautical miles off Cape Town with 20 crew onboard. The longliner was unable to retrieve two of her fishing long lines that were deployed in the water as the vessel has to be underway in order to be able to retrieve the lines.

The skipper reported all crew onboard to be safe but they required assistance to either free the rope or to be towed to the nearest safe port.

NSRI Hout Bay volunteer duty crew launched our 7.3 meter rigid inflatable sea rescue craft ALBIE MATTHEWS with a salvage dive master arranged by the vessels owners on board, and NSRI Table Bay launched their 13 meter deep sea rescue craft SPIRIT OF VODACOM.

On arrival on-scene the diver was deployed into the water and in an hour long dive operation all the rope was successfully cut free from the HERMAN S propellors.

With the HERMAN S underway again and busy recovering her long lines we requested the NSRI Table Bay turn around and return to her base.

NSRI Hout Bay sea rescue RIB is returned to Hout Bay in good sea conditions arriving after midnight.

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05 Sep 2011

PACMAN hits Hout Bay

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05 Sep 2011

Cycling the streets of Hout Bay

Cycling the streets of Hout Bay

Taken from openrpr.com:

Richies Ride is a small tour operator based in Hout Bay, South Africa. The owner, Richard Fouche, has now created a new ecofriendly tourism product for the area: bicycle tours within Hout Bay.

Hout Bay is a small fishermen town close to Cape Town and known for its ecofriendly, green community. Richard Fouche has now followed this all too necessary trend and translated it into a new sustainable product for the Hout Bay community. As of 1st of October 2011 he will be offering bicycle tours within Hout Bay combining the major touristic attractions of Hout Bay.

Richies Bikes – the name of this division of Richies Ride – will be offering three different itineraries that will combine the major touristic attractions in Hout Bay such as a boat trip to Seal Island, a visit to the famous ‘World of Birds’, which is the biggest bird park within Africa, and a township tour through the Imizamo Yethu Township. Richard Fouche hopes to attract more interest for the community of Hout Bay as well as more awareness for green projects and the natural beauty of his home country South Africa.

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05 Sep 2011

Hout Bay has some pretty good mountain biking!

Hout Bay has some pretty good mountain biking!

Hout Bay has three very good mountain bike routes. This is a photo of “Neverland”, on part of one of the trails.

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02 Sep 2011

Meeting Judas on a peak while hiking in Hout Bay

Meeting Judas on a peak while hiking in Hout Bay

Taken from http://cape-town-active.com, written by Timothy Lundy, from Proscapes.co.za:

Sometimes in life we get tested physically and for me today was one of those days!

This hike has been one of the toughest I have done this year as well as one of most spectacular in terms of views and all round experience.

I set off with a great pace and I reached the first plateau in just 30mins.I thought I was making great time until I rounded the corner and reached the bottom of Llandudno ravine(half the distance in the same amount of time!).

I was only going to slow down further as I slogged away at the mind blowingly steep assent of Llandudno ravine. It took me 15mins to cover the next 300m of straight up. I was so glad I had my adjustable walking stick and new hiking boot with great tread to help me every single step to the top of the ravine. Trust me this is not a walk you ever want to try in takkies!

Every time I stopped to get my breath back I would turn 360 degrees and realize why I was so crazy to want to do this hike again. I had chosen one of the better days in winter to execute this trail. No wind and most of the way up in shade. No low clouds to block out the most stunning views of Llandudno and Hout bay.

As I reached the top Table mountain, Lions head and Robin island all came into view for the first time. It felt like it was just me and the mountains as I had only past two other people the whole day.It all made me so proud of the place I love to call home. The cherry on the top was that there was a slight hint of spring in the air too.

A short break at the top for lunch with the best view in the Cape(shared with “Blue” my Jack Russel). We headed back down with as much energy as we started but halfway down the energy levels were depleted yet again as my legs turned to jelly. We finished in 3:30mins and enjoyed every minute. Not a walk for the faint hearted !

This guest post was written by Timothy Lundy. He has been hiking the mountains of Cape town since the age of six (30 years ago) with my father Mike Lundy. You may have heard of him and the few hiking books he has written over the years. Timothy has kind of stepped into his father´s roll and follows in his footsteps (so to speak).

He has started a hiking group on Facebook called “Hiking Cape town with Tim Lundy” (see http://goo.gl/sKz4g) which has been a great success so far. His future plans are to start up a website as well for Hiking Cape Town. Timothy is a landscaper by profession and his company is called Proscapes and has been going for 14 year now. The website is Proscapes.co.za.

Cape Town Active says thanks to Timothy for a great guest article.

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