All are tired on Aretha so update will be brief.
Checked the problem D1 rigging this morning. 1 broken strand had become 3
broken strands. Thats enough to bring the mast down so we tacked immediately
to ensure the rig stayed up.This meant were heading East .as opposed to West
where we want to go.
Called Ayama who were 12 miles ahead of us. Asked them to kindly turn back
to bring us the kit needed for repairs.
In the meantime Nichola and I climbed the rig to attach a spare halyard
above the D1 fittings and run this back to deck level. Bouncing around in 4
metre seas when you are 10 metres off the deck is an interesting experience.
Probably not one to be queuing up for. Downside will come later on when we
want to drop the main – we will need to remove this jury rig to allow the
sail to come down.
In the meantime, discovered the engine was overheating and we have a problem
there to fix. One at a time please. That can wait for now.
2 hours later Ayama arrived and with some expert seamanship they transferred
the kit we needed using a throwing line with a bottle half filled with
water. Within the hour we had created a jury rigged original D1 with some
creative thinking. Sort out the genoa problem, tack the boat very gently and
we are underway again with 2 D1’s in place.
Fingers crossed now.
We’re at 26 34 South 45 29 East making 7 knots towards South Africa,
Crew all fine – kids have been exceptionally good.
Celebrated with a pack of Chicken flavour 2 minute noodles. Oh yes, living
Big shout out of thanks to Ayama for coming back to help.
Team Aretha sailing very gently 716 miles from Richards Bay, Out,
PS please nothing else to fix : )
Eventful. That's one word for it. Challenging, thats another. Plenty more spring to mind. It's been a busy 24 hours. Yesterday we were making great speeds and heading on a ... Read more