can change quickly at sea - how a squeak from the end the boom ended up with the
skipper having another swim in the Atlantic...
first of all back to the normal stuff - another good trade wind sailing day but
with slightly stronger winds (22 - 28kts). We have been on a port Gybe in more
Easterly winds making some miles to the south today. The weather is more cloudy
than it has been but all in all another good days sailing. Our Noon to Noon run
was 171nm with approx 816nm to go. Life on board continues to run smoothly with
the cooking and eating to a high standard. Just started of thinking about
arriving which is dangerous with still about 4 to 5 days to go!!
got a lesson and a reminder about how things can change quickly at sea yesterday
early evening when an annoying squeak from the outhaul block on the end of the
boom ended up with Phil having to take another dip in the Ocean. The
squeak had developed during the day and we decided to sort it out before
the night came. We furled in the Genoa and headed up to wind so that we could
get to the end of the boom. So far so good. With the block lubricated using some
Lithium grease, we turned our attention to the propeller on the end
of the line for the tow generator which had some twists in only to find that the
line had wrapped itself around the rudder twice while we had been stopped. It
would not come off so Phil ended up back in the water on the end of a line to
free the rudder. That solved we were on our way. Fortunately the squeak had been
weather was quite squally during the night with lot of reefing and un-reefing
required. We also had contact with our first ship for ten days, a tanker on its
way to Nigeria. It was comforting to know that they had seen our AIS signal from
about 10 miles away.
sounds like we are in for another dose of fresh winds tonight by the sound of it
from the nav table. Ligther winds forecast for tomorrow so we hope to try our
secret weapon - The Parasail.
Noon site getting better - within 2nm