Tristan da Cunha Visit News
News of cruises, ships and yachts visiting Tristan da Cunha.

Cape 2 Rio 2017 yacht racers call at Tristan on their way home

Yacht Rotary Scout at anchor off Tristan da Cunha Cape 2 Rio 2017 Banner

Above: Cape 2 Rio 2017 flag in the Post & Tourism Centre.

Left: Yacht Rotary Scout. Below: Yacht Scatterling.

Yacht Scatterling at anchor off Tristan da Cunha

Tristan has been pleased to welcome visiting yachts returning from the Cape To Rio 2017 Yacht Race. In the old days Tristan was named the Island of Refreshments and we continue to live by this title, always welcoming the intrepid sailors that manage to make it this far south.

To make the racers feel at home a Cape To Rio flag hangs in our Post and Tourism Centre. The first yacht to reach us was 'Ray of Light', they sailed past on the 10th February without making a stop. The second yacht was called 'Regardless' and passed on the 16th February just after midnight. Other yachts sailing past were 'Compromise', 'Insv Mhadei' and 'Bolero'.

Yacht 'Rotary Scout' called in on Friday 17th February with eight crew members onboard. The weather was beautiful and they came ashore for the day. They had the opportunity to do their laundry, take in the sights, have a nice hot shower and had a drink at the remotest pub. Yacht 'Scatterling' with four crew arrived on Friday afternoon and anchored offshore overnight. On Saturday morning 'Scatterling' crew along with three of 'Rotary Scout' crew came ashore for the day. They enjoyed a visit to the supermarket, a walk to the Potato Patches to see some of the islanders busy in their potato plots, and attended an island birthday party in the afternoon. Two of Rotary Scout;s crew had the opportunity to do some deep sea fishing with a few of the locals. All crew members boarded late afternoon with a good supply of Tristan potatoes. Both yachts set sail on Sunday morning for Cape Town.

It was a great pleasure to see them all and give them a warm Tristan welcome. We now look forward to the arrival of yacht 'Avanti' who should be with us on Wednesday.

National Geographic 'Pristine Seas' team visits the settlement

Report and photos from Kelly Burns

After a busy three weeks for all the National Geographic and RSPB team on the SVS Grenville, Friday 3rd February 2017 was a great day for all of the people onboard to come ashore to enjoy loads of fun activities.

The day was parted in to two as there was a crew swap around 13.30pm. There was a golf match in the morning hosted by Jody Squibb. At the same time there was a walk to the 1961 Volcano with tour guide Janine Lavarello. The volcano tour ended dropping into the Traditional Thatched house where there was a tour led by curator Shirley Squibb and live manikin Natalie Swain. There was also a tour of the fish factory.

'Pristine Seas' team visiting the 1961 volcano. 'Pristine Seas' team visiting the 1961 volcano.
Team members visit Volcanic Park & the 1961 Volcano.

At around 11.30am the film crew interviewed one of our islanders about the 1961 volcanic eruption. It was a fantastic interview between Harold Green and Paul Rose about the events that day all those years ago.

Also luckily the weather was pleasant enough for guides Simons Glass and Riaan Repetto to take a few people to Queens Mary's Peak.

Natalie Swain in traditonal Tristan costume at the Thatched House Museum. Returning down the mountain from a hike to Queen Mary's Peak.
Natalie Swain in traditonal Tristan costume
at the Thatched House Museum.
Returning down the mountain from
a guided hike to Queen Mary's Peak.

There was another golf match that afternoon for those who couldn't make it in the morning, and many enjoyed lots of delicious sandwiches and cakes at Café da Cunha.

Later that afternoon there was a presentation at the 'Prince Philip Hall' for the whole island displaying some of the research that has taken place over the past weeks. Also a brilliant short film was put together of some of the footage that they had captured. It was truly remarkable. The Administrator and Chief islander showed their gratitude to the teams effort and presented them with a few island gifts. Everyone also enjoyed refreshments and snacks before having a wonderful time at the Dance.

Presentation from Adminstrator Sean Burns. Presentation with Chief Islander Ian Lavarello.
Adminstrator Sean Burns presents a model Tristan longboat to expedition leader Paul Rose. Paul Rose presents an album of old Tristan photos taken in the early 1900’s to Chief Islander Ian Lavarello.

Saturday, some of the team and crew came ashore for some final shopping before heading over the Residency for a amazing Buffet. Also attending were Councillors and the Conservation and Fisheries Departments. Afterwards, the team all headed back to the Grenville to ensure their departure back to Cape Town at around 17.00pm.

Kenyan crew of the SVS Grenville with Administrator Sean Burns and his wife Marina. Team members Alexandra Verville (centre) and Jonathan Hall (right) at the Adminstrator's reception.
Kenyan crew of the SVS Grenville with Administrator Sean Burns and his wife Marina. Team members Alexandra Verville (centre) and Jonathan Hall (right) at the Adminstrator's reception.
The expedition team and crew with Island Councillors and staff of the Conservation and Fisheries Departments.
The expedition team and crew with Island Councillors and staff of the Conservation and Fisheries Departments.
A match at the Tristan Golf Club. SVS Grenville departing for Cape Town.
A match at the Tristan Golf Club. SVS Grenville departing for Cape Town.

Administrator Sean Burns' Remarks on the Visit

The National Geographic/RSPB visit was a huge success and I want to thank everyone involved. This includes those from Conservation and Fisheries on the vessel, those who acted as guides, those involved in all of the administration, harbour, bookings, finance, tourism and those who helped with the reception: both at the Prince Philip Hall and the Residency. It was also great to see the science teams with the children and teachers at the school. And thanks to those of you who came to the receptions to engage with the teams. That makes a real difference and helps them feel welcome.

As you know they have left with a really positive image of the island and islanders, That is down to you and it is a good thing for Tristan, We now have some new friends to help take us forward to 2020 and our vision to declare some form of Marine Protected Area/Reserve to ensure that the Tristan environment is preserved for generations to come and managed the way Tristanians want to manage it.

Visit of the Gulden Leeuw

Report and photos from Shirley Squibb

The Gulden Leeuw arrived Saturday evening 28th January 2017 around 10:00pm, and anchored offshore for Saturday evening and Sunday. On Monday morning crew, 7 faculty and 34 students came ashore for the day. Visitors explored the village, visited the school, played golf, had a guided tour to the Potato Patches, trekked to the summit of the 1961 volcano, shopped at the Island Store and 37 Degrees South Gift Shop, posted mail and enjoyed food and refreshments at Café da Cunha. The Gulden Leeuw departed midday Tuesday 31st January after four days of good weather at Tristan.

Students ashore from the Gulden Leeuw

Class Afloat. Students from the Gulden Leeuw ashore on Tristan da Cunha

Enjoying food and refreshments at Cafe da Cunha Purchasing souvenirs at the 37 Degrees Gift Shop and posting mail

Above: Enjoying food and refreshments at Café da Cunha

Right: Purchasing souvenirs at the 37 Degrees Gift Shop and posting mail

Having a round of golf Enjoying a guided tour to the Potato Patches
Playing a round of golf Enjoying a guided tour to the Potato Patches
Chatting with students at St Mary's school tour The Gulden Leeuw at anchor off Edinburgh of the Seven Seas
Chatting with students during a St Mary's school tour The Gulden Leeuw at anchor off Edinburgh

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