07.12 Fenix In the fast lane
07-9.12 2010 In the fast lane 576 NM “13:53N 49:47W”
07.12 The Parasailor worked really well in 20kt wind gusting to 25 kts until in the darkness of the early morning it started flogging and bang! All hands on deck! Life jackets, lanyards on, clip on! Deck light on, sheets, guys, downhaul eased and the beautiful blue sail was slowly doused by the sock. We lowered the sock, collected it into the sail bag, cleaned up the ropes and contemplated the damage. The diagnosis: under the huge pressure generated by the strong wind the Parasailor, flying with a spinnaker boom, simply stripped and broke the boom’s track from the mast.
08.12 Sadly, we put up the jib and a partially unfurled main and traveled with this arrangement all day. The night watch brought high seas, a starless and moonless night. As the waves with cheeky white caps on their tops rose above the transom by1-2 ms I felt a bit of under siege. Sometimes the caps had a fluorescent glow as if a ghost army was trying to invade my safe cockpit.
Luckily the wind direction was good and we traveled 181NM
in 24 hrs in strong wind and choppy seas. It sounds all good but unfortunately
in the morning the wind direction changed and we had to do a dead-run to
09.12 In the morning Steve enthusiastically presented his new ideas about the repair job. By now cut off bits of the track and wooden bars were added to brace and reinforce the structure. After 6 hrs hard work a bizarre looking formation emerged and we set up the goose-wing arrangement again. It seems to be working ok and we are flying again, sometimes reaching 9 kts.