Answers and questions over the Marie Celeste Fracture Zone.

Tue 5 Jun 2012 09:20
Date: 5th June, 2012
Position    19:34.5S 66:35E
Look it up on the map if you don't believe me! So, there is probably a patrol boat out here somewhere, and so, a lttle play within a play:
Skipper: Hey look, Mate, mate (Skipper is Australian, his mate is the Mate), isn't that the Marie Celeste?
Mate: No, Skip, it says Fleck.
Skipper: No need to take that turn of phrase with me, mate. Anyway why doesn't it have its sails hoisted? You had better take the RIB accross and have a look.
Mate : Better call the white coats, Skip. One guy on board. Naked and really thin: must have eaten the rest of the crew, I reckon. Anyway now he has started on the boat: sitting there dismantling all the cabin woodwork, singing along to Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball', chewing a piece of teak wood.
Skip: Did he offer any kind of explanation?
Mate, No Skip, but I guess he has a right to prefer Bruce to Kylie, if that the way his chemistry works, and in the circumstances I just thought that I'd leave him to it.
Skip: Fair dinkum, no dramas then, lets just leave the log blank, shall we?
The End.
So, here are the answers:
1) I'm not in the Goldilocks zone (again). I don't want to arrive off Rodrigues in the middle of the night, and then sail to and fro until dawn, and I can't get there any quicker; so I'm slowing down out here where there is no inshore boat traffic, no reefs, and no acceleration winds. Actually I do have twin headsails hoisted, to keep the boat pointed downwind: in total about the size of the optimist's sail. Tonight and tomorrow I will sail a little faster to keep better control, and then fingers crossed the arithmetic is right, and I don't have to either heave too, or get there so late I have to wait another day! 
2) What poor taste: I'm almost a vegitarian now.
3) The teak was damp and salty, it is from the top of one of the main bulkheads, this is where sea water has been getting into the inside of the boat, and thence to the bunks.
And the questions?
But how does the seawater get from the deck surface to the top of the bulkhead, which is on the inside? I suspect that I know the answer, because exactly the same situation arose on the other side of the boat last year, and is still not resolved. Basically the hull and the deck: seperate GRP mouldings, have not been joined together in a waterproof way. Water gets between the deck and the hull on the outside, and leaks down into the cabin from the inside. This is not a problem that is easliy solved, but a watertight boat would be a nice advantage on the next quite rough passage to and around South Africa. C'est la Vie.
The French joke?:
Rabbi, Englishman and a Chinese in a yacht sinking in the Indian Ocean. Only room for two in the Liferaft.
Rabbi: I don't like the Chinese, we should feed him to the sharks.
Englishman: Why ever don't you like the Chinese?
Rabbi: They bombed Pearl Harbour, didn't they?
Englishman: That was the Japanese!
Rabbi: Japanese, Chinese, they are all the same!
Chinaman: I don't like Jews.
Englishman: Why ever not?
Chinaman: They sunk the Titanic.
Englishman: That was an iceberg!
Chinaman: Iceberg, Goldberg, Greenberg: they are all the same.