To make matters worse the wind really picked up by the time he reached the island and by the time he got around into the lee, over 10 hours from his initial start at 6am in the morning, he was well-poked, fatigued, sun stroked and exhausted.
Once around the point he grabbed hold of a piece of kelp and spent the next 20 minutes gathering himself, before the final paddle to the beach. This had been a tough one and had taken its toll; dehydration, blistering and burnt corneas had begun to make things very uncomfortable.
was to be even worse, as he woke up with burnt corneas, making seeing difficult, body aching from the previous day and a thick fog which had set in down the coast, taking visibility down to less than 50 metres.
With a Northerly headwind at first and then, just as bad, more South West wind making his 55km line to Langebaan lagoon a nightmare with side-wind the entire way once again. Plus there was a huge 5 metre swell smashing into the treacherous rocky coastline through the fog – so much for the predicted downwinder…
When Chris finally made it to the entrance of the lagoon he was completely spent, clinging to the thought of merely surviving this leg, after only barely clearing the rocky entry and certain disaster. Avoiding the huge swells smashing up against the rocky headland had taken every last bit of his energy, his eyes were burning and his body was screaming for rest.
However once around the corner he got his first taste of downwinding of the entire trip thus far, for a measly, yet well-deserved 4km run down into Saldanha Harbor. That evening he went blind from the sunburn, blistered, with all the skin peeling from his burnt feet, he decided to take the following day as rest day and recover, before heading on further to St. Helena Bay.