18.30 Position: 46 40.5 N 053 24.4 W
Course: 140? Speed: 0 knots
Wind: South 4 knots
Talk about déjà vu - here we are once more drifting
in the fog!
Yesterday, having established the cause of our engine
failure, and having confirmed today that the best place to fix this is St Johns, this morning I
put the boat back together again to get her ready to sail. At 3 p.m. all was
ready, I had replaced one engine mount with the only spare I had, satisfying
myself that the engine wasn’t going to come adrift while we were sailing,
and I had lashed a short bar to the prop shaft so that it couldn’t free
wheel. We looked at the weather forecast, it still looked good for making St
Johns Harbor, southerlies freshening to 20 knots tonight, right then the wind
was southwest at about 15 knots, coming pretty much straight up the harbor meaning
we were going to have to short tack out but once clear would have a fair wind
the rest of way just under a hundred miles to go. At 4.30 p.m. we commenced weighing
anchor. The fog was patchy, thick in places, so once we had the sails up and Sylph moving Paul navigated from below,
calling to me when to tack, while I sailed the boat. It took a while, about
two hours, but between us we soon cleared the entrance safely and were once
more at sea.
As we cleared the harbor the wind was about 12 knots from
the south and we were making good a course of southeast which would have us
easily clearing Cape Race. BUT, now the wind
has once more died on us, we are thinking that there must be a hole in the wind
hereabouts. Well now that we are out here, with no engine, we will just have
to be patient. Some wind will come eventually.
Will we get to St Johns before the end of the month?