Jerrican has been tweeked, measured, fitted and spot painted during our stay in Gordon’s Bay. The purpose of our visit here has been to have a few odds and ends done to the boat. Our Boat Builder come “go to man for all things “boat”” lives in Gordon’s Bay. A jaunt across the bay from Simon’s Town and a stay was an attractive option. Jeremy has commuted back to Simon’s Town this week to work, leaving me on the boat to oversee things and to explore Gordon’s Bay from the perspective of a visitor/tourist/Cruising Yottie.
This is what I have discovered about Gordon’s Bay.
1) It is windy windy windy windy in summer! 52 knots across the decks in the marina one evening. The South Easter Wind piles up behind the mountain, builds pressure and then races down in the form of a Williwaw, dumping the full force of its energy onto the small bay below. Most mornings the bay is beautiful and calm, but the wind picks up in the afternoons. The locals find my dismay at the wind funny! They shrug their shoulders and say that the calms in between make up for the small inconvenience of a Williwaw. “Besides!” they say “52 knots is nuuuthing (Safrican for nothing), the other day we registered 85 knots, it blew the gunnals under the jetty in the marina and the roof off the Hotel”
2) There are a lot of Taverns in Gordon’s Bay! In fact Taverns out number coffee shops and any other kind of shop! I suppose this is where the locals hide out when the wind is crazy?!
3) Zest is an amazing restaurant, on the beach front, which serves really good food. We had a meal here as a treat and enjoyed the food and the artisan ale.
4) Children on school trips splash and scream and have loads of fun on the beach, as they do everywhere. But the beach in Gordon’s Bay is exactly right for children. The water is calm and shallow and the strange black rock formations contrast with the blue water.
5) There are really really old Milkwood trees which provide shade and wind protection. Milkwoods are protected trees in South Africa and were found all along the False Bay Coast historically. Few have survived the man urge to cut them down for “braai” wood, but here they have and they are lovely.
6) Evening walks along the coastal path is a well supported local activity.
7) The large anchor with the letters GB on the mountain side stands for General Botha and not Gordon’s Bay?! Fancy that? General Botha is the name of the Navy College in the Gordon’s Bay harbour. I understand that this is where Naval Officers are trained. Apparently some years back a few were commissioned to install the letters in white stone on the mountain. It must have been a mammoth task!
8) The annual penguin waddle walks through Gordon’s Bay at this time of year! Happy Penguin Waddlers, walk through Gordon’s Bay, on their way to Simon’s Town bringing attention to environmental issues along the way.
9) The people in Gordon’s Bay are friendly and clearly love their village!