The Highs and Lows of Ocean Racing - Yet Again!
Wed 10 Dec 2008 18:22
At 6.40am most of the crew were up celebrating passing the 1000 miles to go point. Into treble figures at last!
Then to awaken this morning to a good breeze still held.
But then -bang!! Yet another spinnaker halyard has snapped, luckily with the other halyard also attached the kite kept flying. Then after breakfast an attempt at mousing in a new one was aborted as sea state was mking it impossible. We are now nursing the kite every six hours to check strings and change if necessary. Another attempt may be tried in a day or two.
Then later this afternoon, a red faced, agitated, animated, asphyxiated skipper emerged from the blocked heads and proceeded to demonstrate his abilities as a sanitory operative. First he asked nicely, then more assertively and finally swore blue murder. This last technique worked. Heads now flushing. Crew re-educated on correct use of said equipment.
Happy skip retired to his lair.
We continue westwards flushed with success!