Thursday 29 April 2010: Saint Helena
At a distance of 27 nautical miles, Saint Helena Radio called us on the VHF.
They were hoping that we should pass their island close by. And that is exactly what our plan was and great circle track predicted.
Saint Helena was discovered on 21st may 1502, the anniversary of Saint Helena, the mother of the Emperor Constantine, by Joao de Nova Callego, commodore of a Portuguese squadron returning from India.
The Dutch laid claim on the island in 1633, but never occupied it. They did that in 1672, but one year later they were surprised by the British and it belongs to the British Crown since then. Saint Helena became famous in history as the scene of Emperor Napoleons exile and death. He arrived on 15th October 1815 and died here six years later. His body was exhumed in 1840 and brought back to France, his remains almost untouched by the hand of time.
Originally, we planned to launch our Fast Rescue Craft under shelter of the Island and inspect our tow, but the Admiralty Sailing Directions warned us for rollers breaking on the NW coast of Saint Helena with astonishing grandeur.
Better do that later then.