9th December 2008.
03:15 in the early hours of Tuesday morning, the Genoa is furled and just a
little mainsail up to help stop the rolling. We are becalmed and have been since
midday yesterday making only thirty four miles and that has been mainly
drifting. I spent most of yesterday mending and replacing things. The sea
water pump needed replacing, the bilge filters were cleaned etc, etc life goes
on. We have just over a thousand miles to run to St Lucia with as promise of
some decent trade winds later today, fingers crossed and we can get underway
again. I have shut down all the systems I can to conserve as much power as
possible and we have halved our generation time to save on fuel. Just popped my
head up out of the main hatch and heard the sound like a compressor blowing ,its
a school of Dolphin venting on the port beam, they are also squeaking at each
other, as they play, frighten the life out of me! The sea is oily calm with not
a breath of wind, there is a bright moon reflecting a silvery
reflection across the sea. The thunderstorms of last night seem to have
abated leaving us trapped in this rolly polly world.
did see one other ARC yacht yesterday, passing on a course to the North West, he
disappeared over the horizon as night fell. Bob had a chat on the VHF with him
for a short while and also responded to a call from a German yacht
is nearly change of watch time and I can hear Dave is stirring ready to take
over, so will update this blog in the morning.
is now 11:45 UTC and we have just had breakfast, The morning has been
spent motoring on this flat sea, but at least we are moving, We had
a problem with the wing fuel tank gauge not recording and have spent the last three hours tracing the
fault, At first I thought it might be the tank sender but that tested fine, we
then followed the cable to a junction box where we found the problem, the
box had been flooded at some point and the cable connection corroded in to a
green goo, I guess that’s the reaction of the electrical short on the
copper wire and salt water creating copper sulphate? Is that right
Nick? You are the chemist. Anyway all reconnected and working fine now, the
tools are put away and the floorboards back down.
started the main engine at 09:00 UTC and have been making 6:5 knots to the west
since then; we still need to conserve fuel so it will have to be switched off
soon. We have just taken our ships clock back one more hour to put us two behind
UTC, this is a little early, we should wait to reach h 45 degrees west but this
is likely to be during the coming night and would disrupt the night watches.
The SSB radio schedule is looming so I
will sign off until tomorrow.