Shakwe Update No 3 Horta to Belfast

Thu 30 Aug 2012 12:40
As at 1200 hours UTC 30 August
Position: N43 02 84   W024 44 25                                   Distance run over 24 hours: 104 NM
Bad hair day yesterday! Found shaft seal leaking badly. Tried injecting heavy silicone grease into the seal but not much effect. Had to reduce speed as still motoring to find wind. I was worried about complete destruction of seal so spent all night checking but seemed no worse. Wind turned up this morning so now sailing and engine not leaking when stopped.
Jim got the fuel cans sorted yesterday which was a bonus.
Hope this wind stays for more than the 72 hours I can see ahead on grib.
Oul Grumpy Jim and Happy Jim