Jua Kali – ARC Race Blogs – Day 19 – ‘Interesting’ moments & Thoughts from a Trainee…
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Hi everyone it’s Marcus again. This will be my last blog of the trip, so I will try to make it a good one.
So we have been at sea for 2 weeks and 4 days and have about 2 days left to go and what a trip it has been! What I’m going to do in this blog is sum up my trip across the pond with some of the ‘interesting’ (scary) moments.
Our trip started out great. We were 3rd or 4th off the line steaming along with our spinnaker up having a blast but that wouldn’t last for long. We lost power from our batteries and couldn’t restart our engine to charge the batteries. So we had to make a stop in a port at Hierro to plug our shore cable in for 5 mins, get power back and we were off again. We had lost some time on other boats but were determined to make up time.
The second thing that happened to us was our S4 spinnaker got wrapped around the anchor sprit, re inflated and decided to rip itself at the foot. Great news for us hey? It could be fixed, so we got our sail repair tape out, saw the rip was about 4/5 meters long and got to work. We managed to put it back together with the help of some gorilla tape and it held – so great job on us. We got back up to full speed within a hour and a half and in the meantime had just been sailing with our jib up; still making ground but not as quick as we would have wanted.
Then the following week same thing happened again but this time we couldn’t fix it on board!
So we have just been going on a goose wing sail setup: poled out head sail. Working all good, making good ground, more direct to our way point and not having to jibe as often; easier to sail and everyone was happy.
The most recent thing to go wrong was that our steering cable decided to snap at about 4:40 in the morning. I was happily sleeping after a long 4 hour shift but was woken to the sound of a call on deck as we needed more people to help drop the sails. I knew immediately something had gone wrong. I was running around like a headless chicken trying to find my shoes and life jacket to get up on deck not knowing at the time what had actually happened. Once up on deck I was told to get the jib down now, so that’s what I did with the help of 2 other crew. Then we were told put reef no. 1 in, still not knowing what was going on, but not asking questions. After all that was done I looked back into the pit to see my skipper sitting on the ground. My first though was he was hurt, then with closer examination I could see the emergency tiller was out that’s when I knew we had lost our steering.
We were working to fix it for about 2 hours but can only use one wheel instead of two now. However, we are making good speed again with our A5 up.
So our trip has been full of adventure.
Would I do it again? Of course I would. A trip without some scary moments isn’t worth having in my eyes.
I hope you enjoyed the read.