1070 miles to go
Sun 1 May 2011 00:24
8.20 S 120.52 W
Thursday evening saw us closing quickly on a yacht on our course. Another radio conversation and believe it or not another Austrian yacht! We passed them less than 1/4 mile to starboard in this huge ocean and left them in our wake!
John's watch, 3.20 am friday and the main halyard gave way (the sheave in the main block had disintegrated, causing wear on the halyard), dumping the boom gently on the bimini hard top, with most of the sail contained by the lazy jacks! Just prior to that the generator decided to turn itself off! An eventful night.
Friday morning and Dickie went up the mast in 2-3 metre seas, to relead the main halyard. Looked very precarious for him as we looked on anxiously.
After a lot of swaying and bashing and many bruises he returned safely to deck, mission accomplished. By midday and after a thorough check of all other gear, we were heading west again with gennaker and main up.
Beautiful days continue although some cloud and the odd rain squall overnight.
The generator is being tackled today by John. Fortunately our water tank was full (as we need the generator for the watermaker). John and Dickie think it is recoverable, although we do have sufficient bottled water and other supplementary fluids to ensure our hydration!
1070 miles to go to Fatu Hiva. The fridge is looking emptier, although we still have fresh fruit and vegies on board. All keeping better now it can be stored in the fridge.
All well, the days are passing quickly. Geoff and Dickie have constructed two new lures today - currently being tested. Saturday night - we would love a fish dinner!