Day 6 - Ripped main sail

Blue Note
Marco M.
Thu 19 Nov 2015 17:03
Date:  Thursday 19/11/15   - Time:  12:00 EDT
Position 29:31.374N  69:18.542W
COG 163M SOG 6.1kt, Wind 60T 78 kt,
Temperatures: Air 26 C, Sea 23.6 C
Barometer: 1020.4  hPa
Last 24h Sailed Distance: 135
Last 24h Decrease Distance on rhumb line: 133 NM
Sailed distance since departure: 800 NM
Time since departure: 5d 20h 10m
Average Speed since departure: 5.57      kt
Average VMG since departure:   5.38  kt
Average VMG speed last 24h:    5.56 kt
Intention: sail to St. Thomas
Distance to End on rhumb line: 605 NM
ETA: Tuesday May 24, 2015 @ 8:00

Detailed Track (50 is the maximum number of point, i.e. once the last point reaches 50, the last point always is 50):

Blue Note took a biting.
This morning as the wind start to come down I shook the 3rd reek leaving the second.
I noticed a 1 to 2 feet rip near the leach just below the 2nd reef.
Not sure how it happen. I suspect it was the line bringing down the leach of the 2nd reef that pinched the sail under and cause the start of the rip.
I thought it was safe to continue using the main with the 2nd reef since the rip was in a section below the 2nd.
Unfortunately I was wrong and few hours later as wind went back for a moment to 20 kt, the rip propagated to above the 2nd reef.
Reduced now the main down to 3rd reef (well above rip).
Still sailing well with reef jib and staysail  in 15 kts doing 6.2 kts on a close hauled course.

Not happy about the rip in mainsail.
And not happy I did not reef down to 3rd as soon as noticed.
I guess lesson learn.

Riccardo is doing better but still not 100%. He has upgraded himself from the cockpit (too wet last night with 27kt wind gusting to 30kt
on a close hauled course) to the aft-cabin. He occasionally smiles too :)
For sure right now Riccardo wish he was back on his terrace in Roma eating some of the delicious dishes his wife Paola makes. 
But what about the experience .... to feel seasick 600 NM from any land :)
You can't have that in Roma.


 A photo from the other day, during calmer conditions.
The new acrylic  splash prevention, to avoid water on the new finished floor while cleaning dishes.
Easy fold and store away while not in use.