Elemiah's Atlantic Adventure
Ian Cole and Rosemary Bointon
Fri 4 Jul 2008 13:03
The gennaker looks really fabulous and makes a lot of difference to the speed. The wind direction has changed and Elemiah was not keen on a dead run so we tacked down wind, sailing first to the south of our course and then to the north. This was really exciting: the first time that we had been on starboard tack since we left Canada, now some 800 miles away.
We spotted a couple of problems: the staysail had a tiny tear in it which Hannah cleverly repaired for us. The runners on the foot of the mizzen had started to come away from the sail. I had noticed this when it was very windy but that was not the time to do anything about it. So Curtis and I hung out of the back of the boat and tied the mizzen to the outhaul in a different way so that the load was taken completely along the foot of the sail and not up vertically except through the leach line. It took a lot of balancing, but was successful. We will need to get the runners re-stitched in Horta if possible.
We finished off a happy day with a meal of sweet sour chicken.
Rosemary and Ian