Ripped Sail

L'Esprit de la Mer
Dr Chris Bates
Wed 16 Oct 2013 05:31
19 47 95 S 174 21 24 W
We sailed for Ha ´apai last night and made a fast passage . The predicted weather window was only partly correct . Easterly so favourable but mostly 26 to 29 knts of wind . Arrived in in darkness so the approach through the reefs was blind . Radar confirmed the accuracy of the chart . Now at5 anchor and checked in . Two problems ; one the small jib ripped along the leach and so is useless and two this is not an easy place to get out of and head south . Things to consider and the weather needs watching as it is changeable and we have no protection from the west .
The sail is a blow . All sails were checked in November last year with a view to this passage . The number one is a new sail and almost unused but it is not a heavy weather sail . There are no sailmakers between here and New Zealand so we will just have to lump it and take great care with the weather .