Day 19 - Jib Down
12 August 2011
This is our 19th day at sea. Last night, just as we were finishing dinner, I noticed that the jib was hanging down over the side of the bow and into the water. The jib halyard had chafed completely through at the mast head and parted (see photo inset). Daniel and I dropped the jib to the deck and lashed it down.
This morning we planned to use the spare halyard to hoist the jib, but this was not to be. The spare halyard was used to hoist a spinnaker net (a device to prevent the spinnaker from wrapping around the forestay). But the spinnaker net had also chafed through and parted, so we could not get the spare halyard down from the masthead.
The next option was to use the spinnaker halyard. But the ruined spinnaker net had wrapped itself around this halyard, making this also impossible to use. The remnants of the spinnaker net were jamming up the block at the top of the mast.
Normally we would send one of us up to the masthead in a bosun's chair to untangle all this, but with the ocean swell this would be a very unpleasant task, and, since we're just a few hundred miles from Hawaii, we decided to continue on with just the mainsail. With the 15 knot winds we're able to make 5 to 6 knots of boat speed which is good enough to get us there in about 2 days.