Hello Cape Town and SV14

Well folks, the move to Cape Town hasn’t been easy. It’s been a blur of activity, with us running around like mad men without touching the ground. We’ve been looking for accommodation, talking to the commodores of yacht clubs, speaking to suppliers, and battling with the one thing we need to communicate with you — reliable Internet.

As you all may know, Manie has been working on our first SATOSA Challenge boat Celebrator at the Vaal Dam. He moved down to the dam on Tuesday 10 May 2016 and finished the build alone, out in the open, which was extremely difficult and time consuming. He never expected to be hammered by wind and cold weather but was happy to know that he could endure the harshness of being out in the open for the entire winter. While he was getting used to some “off-the-grid” freedom in the sticks (that he, as a spoiled city boy, never quite had the chance to experience as such before), he started to see life and the world from a very different perspective.

Manie has had lots of time to read and think, to ‘analyse’, to figure out what he’d like to do with his life from here on out. He needed new challenges in his life, something tough, something rewarding, something that makes a contribution towards correcting the destruction we see in our daily lives all over the world. What makes Manie’s story interesting is that he, a divorced man of 63 – married for 31 years, with two very successful kids (and a very successful ex-wife) – who’s worked in business as a CEO for 37 years, decided on packing it all up to go and live in isolation for 5 months. To some, that decision could be described, at best, as “different” — at worst, “nuts”. However, as one gets older and sees friends become frail and pass away, Manie started realising that true wealth is good health.

Simple. Good HEALTH — nothing else.

Anthony de Richelieu has finally joined the project full time and has pulled his cousin Matthew Ryan in as our apprentice. Anthony has worked in the Business Software industry for over 10 years and has travelled to countries all over the world, including the US, Dubai, Sydney, Hong Kong, Stockholm and most of Europe. Although he has travelled to over 40 countries, this is where his adventure truly begins and he hopes to inspire the same in others. If you are not working on your own dream, you will most likely end up working on someone else’s!

Before leaving Sweden, Anthony was fortunate enough to pick up a sponsor from his previous employer HansaWorld and CEO Karl Bohlin, for which we are all very thankful. Please check out their website here:  www.hansaworld.com.

We are now in a very good position to start sailing our first SATOSA Challenge boat Celebrator and get some serious training and experimentation done. This training will start now at Langebaan Yacht Club, 110 km north of Cape Town. It’s going to be the fun part that our supporters all over the world have been waiting for, and we’ll post lots of videos of these adventures. The basic tests at the Vaal Dam showed that – thankfully – Celebrator floats upright. And, with a huge sigh of relief, Manie got her back on the trailer in one piece, at a very low, shallow and muddy Vaal Dam.

You may smile and wonder why we do what we do. … That’s okay.

It’s something about ticking off the bucket list, something about throwing caution to the wind, something about finding out if you still have what it takes, something about being tough. Maybe we don’t fully understand the answer to the question ourselves. It’s one of those mysteries in life that are hard to verbalize — why we go to sea, why we risk life and limb to climb high, frozen mountains or jump off their peaks. We don’t know. We suppose people have their own ideas about what gets the adrenalin pumping.

Adding to our adventure and mission of making the world a better place, a friend of ours, Peter Jacops, has invited us to have a look at building a new sailboat specifically designed for the disabled community — the SV14. The SV14 is the brainchild of Peter Jacops, Russell Vollmer and Alexander Simonis. This opportunity has come at a perfect time, because it slots in beautifully with our SATOSA Challenge programs and projects aimed at giving back to the community. We are absolutely thrilled to get involved with this project and will be involved with all the aspects of it: Building, Sailing, Fundraising and Promoting. The designer of the SV14 is Alex Simonis (naval architects Simonis Voogd). They are doing a lot of design work for Robinson and Caine, the builders of the Leopard Catamarans. Peter Jacops is very involved with disabled sailing and he is building an SV14 in Thailand. Alex is building the prototype at Robinson and Caine and we will be building our own SV14 at home in Bloubergstrand, 18 km north of the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town. Russell Vollmer is the most inspiring person that you could ever wish to meet. As a quadriplegic himself, he is an excellent sailor and past commodore of the Royal Cape Yacht Club. We are very blessed to be able to be working with these esteemed three gentlemen.

Now that we are here and settled into a house in Bloubergstrand, in the stunningly beautiful Cape Town, we at SATOSA Challenge will endeavour to set up endurance races that challenge the mind and body, will strive to inspire a lifestyle of adventure and exploration, and will help make the world a better place with a number of charitable projects and activities. Please follow our progress on our Youtube channel, Facebook page, BoatDesign.net, Patreon, Blog and home page: www.satosachallenge.com.

We need your support.

Take care and happy adventuring.

Look after yourself, eat as close to vegan as you can, and exercise regularly.


July 2016

Oh my goodness how time flies when you are having fun. It’s hard to believe that I have been living on my ten foot boat now for two months. The main purpose was to come down to Bayshore Marina on the Vaaldam, to come and finish the boat as I could not work at my house anymore because the boat was getting to big for the garage. Little did I realize that the winter weather would play havoc with my plans. That which you could do at home in an enclosed garage would take four times longer out in the open under the trees.

Here the elements rule and you just tag along and work as and when the weather permits. Working out in the open is a slow tedious process that can get very frustrating and all you can do is keep on going and try your best. I really wanted to do this because there are two issues that I wanted to prove to myself. The first is have I got what it takes to actually live on a tiny ten foot boat. The second is can I handle the cold of the winter at its peak in July. Well I can answer those questions now easily, I have been living and working on the boat now for two months since the 10th of May and I love it! I have gone through the winter solstice and it was magic!

The boat with its well insulated structure is just fantastic. The double glazed windows are brilliant and the air extraction system that I installed works so incredibly well that I can recommend it for all yachts. I have no condensation in my boat AT ALL and please keep in mind that the nights are very long and I am in the boat for up to 14 hours at night with the hatches closed when the weather turns sour.

I have had a constant stream of visitors here coming from far and wide and they have been fantastic.  The locals here now call me the Nutty Professor, they love discussing all the technical issues and the complicated electronics and navigational systems. Often they don’t realize that my boat is a microcosm of renewable energy and the drive system is also electric. I will go into technical issues in future posts, it gets complicated.

So I am alive and well, my head is in a much better place and although my health has been good,  it has improved tenfold. It’s wonderful to wake up in the morning with a song in your heart and looking forward to a glorious day. I don’t have a problem with solitude and been cut off from civilization, I know I can handle it. However I must add that I am really looking forward to going to Mosselbay for a couple of months after this, to get my sea legs and then the plan is to start a small factory in Capetown next year where we will be operating from.

May 2016

May has been the real busy month and I will divide it into sections. In this part 1 it was all about the big day when the boat saw sunshine for the first time Friday May 6. Complicated to get the boat outside, because of the low height of the garage door but after four hours of pushing and shoving we finally got it out. It was only me and my helper Howard. I could not continue in the garage anymore because of the height problem. Now the boat had to get outside to continue. Here are nice photos of the historic day and the handrail going on the next day Saturday May 7.

April 2016

Well folks this update is a bit overdue. But when you look at the photos you will understand why. Building a boat like this is a serious amount of work. I am sitting now at 1200 hours of work and you can double that if you take running around for supplies and tools into consideration. Basically I have devoted the last 18 months to this boat, and that is practically 7 days a week.

The good news is that I will have her on the water around the 10th of May. First to Manten Marina on the Vaaldam where we will do the certification Category D and the floatation certificate. She will be registered as “Celebrator” with SA Sailing and carry a SAS number.

Then I am off to Mossel Bay. There in this beautiful little town with a lovely harbour I will do all the necessary fine tuning, tests and training. And if necessary modifications. The first part of this exercise is to get the body, mind and soul used to this new environment. I want to actually learn to live on the boat fulltime, so much so that the boat becomes like a second skin and fits like a glove. The success of this type of adventure is to adapt and change everything that you ever learned and thought you knew, to a totally different world, a new world where very few have ever been. I have been  for a multitude of medical tests and my health is 100% perfect, significant considering my age at 63 years old, and the fact that I have been a party animal and naughty boy all my life. And as the song goes “still crazy after all these years” Growing old is for the good folks next door, I will leave this world skidding sideways with a bucket list filled to the brim.

With this kind of adventure you will never really know where it is going to get you, but that does not mean that you should not try. I have built a seriously good “ten foot ship” and we spent a bucket load of money on her to kit her out with the latest high tech goodies. Once I am on the sea I will have the time to post regular Youtube videos, update the blog regularly and chat on Facebook. I am looking forward to that because the last 18 months in the garage has been a bit hectic at times.

Cape Town Yacht Clubs

Hello Hello Hello
calling all Cape Town Sailors

I need a bit of help and assistance here:

which yacht club would you recommend for the TEN in the Cape area
anywhere from Saldanha to Gordons Bay and in between
Lets please just keep the facts in mind
I built this boat to have a bit of fun and I have no desire to endanger anybody’s life
the plan is to get to know the boat well and to spend as much time as possible on the boat
the idea is to spend 2 weeks down there and then 2 weeks back in Pretoria every month from February onwards

I just felt that the best way is to join a yacht club
and do the ZA registration, COF and buoyancy certification under their guidance and supervision, this way we keep everybody happy
AND we play by the book of rules and regulations
I am not asking for any special favours or freebee’s

It would be nice to be on a walk on mooring when I’m down there and shower at the clubhouse, and when I go back to Pretoria the boat can go back on it’s trailer and be out of the way. I will arrange for safe parking off site.

I will appreciate any advice – guidance – and assistance that I can get.


You can have a lot of problems with skin conditions due to poor ventilation. Condensation inside a small boat can cause major problems with all your systems and everything inside is constantly damp. Mould will grow uncontrolled and it will become a living hell inside. The average person exhales between 300 and 500 ml of water vapour per night, which is much more than what people actually realise. Read Serge Testa’s book and you will see very good examples of what I am referring to. I prefer “forced” electric ventilation. That is why I installed two 12v extractor fans.You only run one at a time. It extracts the air out of the boat and fresh air enters the boat via the duct where the fan is not running. Should it brake, you simply switch the other on and replace the broken one easily. The outside entry to the air ducts are above the water line – both when the boat is upright OR UPSIDE DOWN. The air ducts run in-between the outer and inner hulls and are fitted with deflection plates that act as a labyrinth so that water is prevented from just splashing directly upwards. I have tested the system and it really works exceptionally well. Also keep in mind where I want to go it is cold and wet. Average temperatures 4 to 12 C and rain virtually every second or third day.

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