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Will & Tam's Atlantic Adventure 2009-2010
Follow our progress as Elmarleen does her third Atlantic crossing this year!
sat phone issue
Will Sayer
31/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Hello Again - What is it day 7 today? I can tell it's a weekend as the text messages and e-mails have been rather far and few between. A few one liners and all the others e-mails have been from competitors.

I'm sailing at about 260-265 T just under white sails and hit a max speed of 11.9knots. There are some pretty good waves out here for surfing if you fancy driving for a time. I have been under autopilot pretty much all day as the wind vane was steering such a zigzag course. It's been doing a pretty good job except the odd wave that picks us up and slams us along sides ways. I ran the engine for an hour this morning to make up for using the autopilot yesterday and it is looking like I will have to run it again before the day is out. It's not exactly easy sailing for the autopilot - you can here it straining away push pull push pull and fighting the water. Battery levels are down to 12.3volts and I normally let them drop to 12 - 12.1 before charging.

I filled up with 90 litres of diesel which should work out at 3ltrs a day for 30 days. I guess I am using about 2-3 ltrs an hour to charge batteries so no need to panic just yet. With the way the whole fleet seem to be sailing the layline we have got to be saving our selves a day or two in the total journey time anyway.

The big issues of the day is the sat phone. The power button is being a bit temperamental! Some time its turn on and some times it doesn't. I have informed the RWYC of the issue so they don't panic if they don't receive a day position report - but more importantly I am worried that I will not be able to keep in contact with you guys. You have no idea how writing these blogs and reading my daily e-mails breaks up the day. I would hate to be stuck without if for half the race. Look there you go - the sat phone has just turned itself off!!!! Taking the battery out and putting it back in sometime jumps it back into life or just charging it can help but one thing for sure is it doesn't matter how many time you press the power button it doesn't start up.

Adrian - You have my e-mail password. If I suddenly stop replying to your e-mails it means its finally packed in. In that case can you ensure that my mail box doesn't fill up with 10's of e-mails as this will jam up the system when/if I get it working again.

Everybody who has the boat e-mail address please be careful and don't send me loads of e-mails If I am not replying to you.

I am going to try and get this sent out now and see if it works.

Will.

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vroooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmm
Will Sayer
30/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Good Call.

Just after I sent my last blog about dropping the kite and throttling back for the evening I got a e-mail from Tamsin, 'According to Blogstar your still 1st on handicap'. It got me thinking weather I should put the kite back up and run the risk in order to maintain this position. Well here we are at 4.30 am, I haven't slept a wink and Elmarleen is on fire. Not the Roman Candle type fire my Lambretta has in it exhaust at 15 mph, but the type of fire Jensen Button has inside his wheel hub as he exits the last corner for the finish of the Monaco GP ( he did win didn't he?) Elmarleen is flying along and it looks like I made the right call. Being the slowest boat left in the fleet and surfing down waves at 10.4 knots isn't throttling back and flying a kite was just not necessary. I think of the J boats out there who don't have a conventional spinnaker pole and have to either use there asymmetric at some crazy direction to the wind or white sail it without poling out the jib. Here I am sailing the exact course I want surfing up to 10knots in a controlled manner with the wind vane doing all the work. I feel sorry for anyone who might have thought of keeping the kite up - surely it will end in a broach, tear or a very very tired skipper too scared to blink.

I will be very surprised if I have slipped back a place on the ranking over night. I just hope the tracker took its fix and gave my speed at the moment I surfed that wave.

Will and Elmarleen.

P.S Someone once said to me, "Will, you say it is only a cruising Sigma, but it's a cruising Sigma race prepared by McLaren" That meant a lot Russell.

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vroooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmmmmm
Will Sayer
30/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Good Call.

Just after I sent my last blog about dropping the kite and throttling back for the evening I got a e-mail from Tamsin, 'According to Blogstar your still 1st on handicap'. It got me thinking weather I should put the kite back up and run the risk in order to maintain this position. Well here we are at 4.30 am, I haven't slept a wink and Elmarleen is on fire. Not the Roman Candle type fire my Lambretta has in it exhaust at 15 mph, but the type of fire Jensen Button has inside his wheel hub as he exits the last corner for the finish of the Monaco GP ( he did win didn't he?) Elmarleen is flying along and it looks like I made the right call. Being the slowest boat left in the fleet and surfing down waves at 10.4 knots isn't throttling back and flying a kite was just not necessary. I think of the J boats out there who don't have a conventional spinnaker pole and have to either use there asymmetric at some crazy direction to the wind or white sail it without poling out the jib. Here I am sailing the exact course I want surfing up to 10knots in a controlled manner with the wind vane doing all the work. I feel sorry for anyone who might have thought of keeping the kite up - surely it will end in a broach, tear or a very very tired skipper too scared to blink.

I will be very surprised if I have slipped back a place on the ranking over night. I just hope the tracker took its fix and gave my speed at the moment I surfed that wave.

Will and Elmarleen.

P.S Someone once said to me, "Will, you say it is only a cruising Sigma, but it's a cruising Sigma race prepared by McLaren" That meant a lot Russell.

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Yeah, yeah, okay, okay, I know…..I’ve chickened out.
Will Sayer
30/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Yeah, yeah, okay, okay, I know...I've chickened out.

I have just dropped the spinnaker and poled out the genoa, how sad am I. I know it's a bit of a cop out cruising thing to do but what they hey, I would rather feel in control and be able to sleep tonight, than have to hold on for dear life praying to god it doesn't get any windier.

Its blowing about 18-20 knots from directly behind and its all a bit rock n roll. Its been fantastic running with the kite up for the last 3-4 hours but as it gets dark and the clouds are looking a bit ominous I would rather drop down a gear for the evening. Besides, the difference in speed isn't that great, its only peaks speeds when surfing down the waves that suffer. Not only that I can switch back to the wind vane as it seems to be able to cope with a poled out genoa a lot better than a kite. Fred the autopilot has been sucking all the juice out of my batteries for the last 4 hours.

Boat speed is about 7 knots and again heading direct for the banks - who would have thought down wind sailing in an OSTAR. - Makes for a quick crossing. Is Jerry on Q2 in a position to beat the 35ft record.

Good night from 50'09N 21'13W

Will

P.S Rob mentioned in an e-mail today that he heard whales moaning last night. I'll keep an ear out for them.

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6 x GPS
Will Sayer
30/05/09, ELMARLEEN

This is getting quite addictive - writing these stories. I wonder if anyone else is writing as much as me? Umm yes - probably Marco.

Just so you guys know - Unfortunately I cant read your responses and comment on the blog. But please still write them as I will read them with great interest when on dry land.

So I left you with a rumbling tummy and the need to try a kite. Well I got my asymmetric up instead of the VMG as that kite is so fine I am worried I might rip or tear it. The Asym went up and just flogged around with each roll of the swell. I gave up in the end and just unrolled the genoa again. I was making about 0.8 of a knot for a couple of hours not exactly what you want when you have been told you are coming 1st on handicap.

Anyway I enjoyed the relaxing morning, cured the tummy issue with another big bowl of coco pops and then had a boat tidying session. As the sun got warmer I removed all my clothes, boiled a kettle and had a bucket bath. It was amazing to wash after five days - naked in the cockpit in the middle of the atlantic! No I didn't take a picture. It's amazing out here. There is nothing, nothing, just sea for miles and miles. I thought I might have been frightened but it just feels right.

After my bath and a quick spray of deodorant I had lunch. Another fantastic one - Chicken Tikka Masala, basmalti rice and two mini naan. I gave the kite ago again and this time its pulled enough to keep it flying off the forestay and reduce the risk of a wrap. Its been up ever since and I am now doing about 6.5 knots with 15 knots of breeze up my chuff, 6,5knots SOG direct for the edge of the grand banks. Couldn't get much better.

Talking of the wind and weather - Its looking fantastic for the next few days. I finally got around to getting my HF receiver working and have downloaded all the days synoptic charts from Northwood. Along with the grib files it looks like we are going to have 10-25 knots from the east until at least next Wednesday. Seem to have landed a good one and got on top of the low.

Had an e-mail today from a friend asking why on earth I have 6 GPS on board. I'm not sure - perhaps is because I cant use a sextant. They are all wrapped in tin foil in a box somewhere just in case I get struck my lightening - only joking.

1 - my 100% independent Garmin GPS that runs with the DSC VHF. 2 - Raymarine GPS that feeds the Raymarine seatalk network and chartplotters 3- AIS Transponder - They must have there own independent GPS 4- Hand held GPS running off AA Cells incase I lose all power or end up in a life raft 5- A 2nd Raymarine GPS as I am aware of the warrantee figures - JOKE!!!! It's wired into a serial RS232 plug to use with a laptop and weather routing software. 6 - I have a old chart plotter on here with a built in gps - it is in a drybag - has never been installed and I just throw it on the boat as it seemed a shame to leave it in the shed.

That's how you end up with 6 gps on a 33 foot boat.its easy

Its such a weird thing this sailing. Here I am with nothing but sea around, using the power of the wind to sail me from one country to another - yet I plug my sat phone into a laptop so i can send and receive e-mails. What would Chichester think? He wouldn't approve I'm sure, but then he probably wouldn't approve of us using a GPS either.

Guess I will give you all another update tomorrow - well actually if its blowing 25 knots and I have the kite up I might be steering so no promises.

Cheers

Will and Elmarleen.



My blogs should be seen on blogstar and willymakeit.co.uk

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Day 6 No wind!
Will Sayer
30/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Morning All,

Was quite a hard night last night, like the ones you read about on the Volvo and Vendee. The evening started off as it had all day on port tack - beam reach, full sail up and doing about 6.5 knots in 15 knots of breeze. The wind built and built and I was continually being headed. First reef went in the main, then the second, then the No.2 came down and the heavy weather jib went up, then the 3rd reef went in the main. I ended up being headed to about 330 so I put a tack in. The breeze got up to about 30 knots and I was flying along steering about 270-280 for the tail of the banks. It was very uncomfortable and I was nervous about the loads on the stbd lower shroud now I had tacked. It didn't seem windy enough but I thought about using the storm jib just to stop the pounding into the waves and reduced the loads. Should I, shouldn't I, should I , shouldn't I - this went on for about an hour until I decided it was all ok. Loads of clouds had passed over and the sky looked cleared ahead - perhaps the wind would drop? I went to bed - well the saloon floor to the bean bag. 30 minutes later the wind had dropped, I took the first reef out, the wind dropped some more, I took the second reef out, some more I put up the no.2 dropped the HWJ and shook out the last reef. As the balance of the boat had changed I then had to sit with the wind vane for 20 - 30 minutes to ensure she was going to steer the right course. Its all about balance with these wind vanes.

The wind now has dropped right off - just as the grib files said it would. There is about 5 knots of breeze and im rolling all over the place. That lovely rolling and slamming of sails we all love so much. I have for the first time in this race got my sleeping bag out and I am lying on a bunk - its lovely - apart from the rolling. From yesterdays gribs its looking like the weather will stay like this for a day or so before going east. I should really down load the latest to see.

Marco has just sent me a text from the good ship British Beagle and it appears that the Stumpy Sigma is leading the fleet and Beagle is coming second. Some one tell David Thomas I expect he would be quite proud.

My tummy is rumbling and it about time I tried to see if I can fly that lightweight VMG kite Derek and the boys at Yachting Sports Ltd donated to me so I better go.

If the weather stays like this I'm sure I will have loads more time to write.

P.S Down to boxer shorts and a t shirt today - first time since leaving Plymouth I have seen my legs and arms. If it warms up a bit more I might try and run the engine to heat up some water and have a wash. Still have only run the engine the once - wing gen is working - but not today!

My blogs should be seen on blogstar and willymakeit.co.uk

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Lunch
Will Sayer
29/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Wow, what a lunch. Mum you did well. I have just eaten a 'Look what i've found' packet lunch of beef hot pot or stew, with a bag of Basmati rice and a tin of carrots and peas. Best meal so far and will probably be the only main meal I eat today.

I have also concluded that I am going to have rather a lot of food left over! I think I stocked up a bit much but then it wont go to waist as I can always have it on the way back across the pond. I used the Triangle race and my qualifier to judge the amount of food I would eat during this trip and it was wrong. I tend to always be hungry when coastal sailing, 1 or 2 days but now we are settling into life at sea it has returned to normal. I don't think that I ever got to a stage of being really hungary during the first few days as it was quite rough. I am eating a breakfast - cereal or scrambled egg in a roll, a lunch - Dolmio sauce with pasta or a tin or baked beans and sausages ( normally with a part backed baguette and then for a n evening meal I have a tinned stew or a tinned curry.

I have not eaten any of the snacks or soups. They have there place when it is rough but I have only had one cup a soup. Its great though as it means I can pick and choose what ever I want and leave the stuff I am not to keen on for my crew on the way back.

Anyway, I have been tinkering with electronics today and blew my SeaTalk network fuse. It not a nice place to be with no instruments - after I found out it was the fuse I replaced it and was able to relax. So as I usually do I had another go. Pop it went again - I looked at the fuse - it hadn't blown - Christ what have I done!!!! It was the circuit breaker switch that had gone. Another sigh of relief and this time I think I will leave it. I really don't need a 6th GPS antenna working on the boat to power the raytech - I will live without.

Some people I missed off the 'thanks for a text' list.

Jo Hunt Andy Crees The guys from last years triangle race - It was great to see you out there to cheer us off. Hope to see you all in Torquay next summer. Lost of people also whished my luck who owned Sigma's and had read the PBO article. Thank you and I'm sorry I didn't reply. The lead up to thte race was a bit busy. I did get your e-mails and text though. Sure I have still forgotten a few but then I do still have 25 days to go!

Cheers

Will and Elmarleen, Mutley, Lucky, Doggy, and ToTo the Turtle

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Over slept!
Will Sayer
29/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Morning all,

Had a fantastic nights sleep. I have stopped using Screaming Meanie (a 120db alarm clock) and just let the boat wake me up when it needs my attention. I must have only woken 2 or 3 time in 8 hours! I'm sure some would call it dangerous as I cant keep a proper look out for ships but I hadn't seen anything for days. I turned on the chart plotter and guess what - I picked up a ship directly behind me!!! I guess it will only be an hour or so till he passes me.

Talking of passing me I saw Tamarind last night. She was heading further south. Again out here alone you question everything you do and I had a little panic about why and what info he had to be going so far south. Wind, Gales, Becalmed - Mervyn has SSB and other equipment he can pick up far better weather forecast than me, plus he won the race 4 years ago so probably knows what he is doing.

I beam reaching at about knots - windvane is struggling to steer a steady course but I hope to be doing about 270 COG. But my instruments are ready anything from 245-280 depending on the wave that hits me and the gust of wind. Full genoa and two reefs in the main is making it comfortable. I might shake out the reefs in a bit to see if I can help the boat along a little faster but in most cases it make very little difference to my speed and just make it more uncomfortable.

I managed to dry some stuff out yesterday. The sun came out for a few hours so I peeled off the waterproofs. On taking my socks off - first time in 4 days - I was amazed to see the top layer so skin come off with them. Looks like I need to take a bit more care with my feet. I dried the sock out and then put them back on - I have sock rations - I can only change them every 5 days. If they are dry will dry and drag them out longer. The biggest concern about my body are my hands. They are so sore and swollen around every cut. They are not to bad when they are dry but you constantly keep getting them wet and they never have time to harden up and fix. Jerry Freeman on Q2 before the race was right when he said look after them - this will be his 3rd OSTAR.

Haven't had a second to play on my PSP Gemma bought me to keep me entertained but if the weather stays like this and I don't have any issues I might get a game or so on that.

So far I have only run the engine once. The windgen has provided most of the power and I only ran the engine as I had been using my autopilot as it was steering a better course than the Navik. I thought I would run the engine. It started OK but I definitely have an issue on the charging circuit. It kicks out about 14.5 volts and then shuts off. I am starting to wonder if the alternator regulator has gone - I have a spare so might swap it over but with the wind gen working so well its not really an issue. Just wish it wasn't so noisy. The allen key holing it in place doesn't half rattle and hum when the blades start spinning.

Right off to down loads some e-mails and get the next grib file. Hope all is well in the UK.

Thanks to all of those who have e-mailed or text me over the last few days. It great to know I have your support:

Mike Peckam Anne and Nick Ryan Rob Hitchins Richard Saker Clare Holly and Izzy Fiona Pankhurst Julia Plumbstead Jasen Nannini Bob ( Barry mate) Dad Mum

And obviously Gem, Adrian, Tamsin, Matt and Rich - the nearest I have to a shore crew.

Thanks to Selden for looking into my rigging issue so quickly too.

Speak later

Will

P.S. Had a huge bowl of Frosties from breakfast.

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Raffle Results!
28/05/09

Raffle Results

Thank you for supporting Will's solo transatlantic crossing by buying and selling raffle tickets. As well as helping to fund the entrance fee, and boat modifications required for the crossing, you helped Will buy some last minute essentials such as gaffer tape, sailing gloves, quick dry thermals and essential safety kit required for the crossing.

So here are the much anticipated results! The raffle was drawn during Will's farewell dinner at the Pasta Bar in Plymouth on 24 May 09.

1st Prize = NICKY SAVAGE BROOKS, WHITELEY
Holiday on the Isle of Skye. One week self catering holiday accommodation on the Isle of Skye (two miles from Portree) for 2 with lunch at the world famous Three Chimneys restaurant to the value of £70. (Subject to availability). Kindly donated by Don and Margaret Greer. See www.peinmorehouse.co.uk

2nd Prize = CLARE POWELL, WARSASH
Holiday in Montenegro. One week self catering holiday accommodation in Montenegro from 4-11 Oct 09. (Not including flights, transfers or deposit). Kindly donated by Matt Glasgow and Rosie Taylor Roberts.
See www.holidaylettings.co.uk/rentals/kotor/62397

3rd Prize = BILL OFFORD, BURNHAM MARKET

One Night Bed & Breakfast at Victoria Hotel, Holkham, Norfolk. The Victoria Hotel is situated on the Holkham Country Estate in North Norfolk with access to some of the countries most beautiful beaches and quaint villages. (Subject to availability). http://www.holkham.co.uk/html/victoria_01.html

4th Prize = NICK GREER, BURNHAM MARKET
Tandem Gliding Flight, RAF Odiham

5th Prize = BRIAN AND NATALIE GARROD
Pro Jump Stilts

6th Prize = ROB ?
Bottle of Champagne (donated by Titchwell Manor)

7th Prize = T. FERGUSON, WOOLSTON
Guinness Book of Records (donated by The White House Book Shop)

8TH Prize = JAMES SAYER, DEREHAM
Pizza for two at The Jolly Sailors, Brancaster, Norfolk

9th Prize = M. GARROD£10 voucher for Gurney's fish shop

10th Prize = NICK HOBSON, HYTHE
Box of Truffles (donated by Humble Pie)

11th Prize = D. WILLIAM, NURSLING
Bottle of White Wine (donated by Cringle)

12th Prize - MICHAEL GIGNAL
4 Cathedral Glasses (donated by Uttings)

13th Prize = RICHARD GIBSON, SUFFOLK
Sailing lesson with Will aboard Elmarleen.

All winners will be notified that they have won a prize. Reserves have been drawn, so should any winner not wish to claim their prize it can be reallocated fairly.

Thank you for your support. Keep watching this site for regular updates from Will.






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First few days
Will Sayer
28/05/09, ELMARLEEN

Hi Guys,

It seems that finally my e-mails are getting through so I thought I would give you all a proper update.

Day 1.

Was very hard saying good bye didn't realise it would be that hard. Don't think I really cheered up until day two. Had an OK start but I think the spectator boat slop did cost me some time. It was very frustrating to have a half the fleet sail past you like you're standing still!

Wind dropped to nothing as the tail enders sailed through the breakwater- Had about 20 minutes wondering if I would make it around the Eddystone today. Any wind did pick up and had a good reach all the way there. It was great to get an idea of boat speeds and Mervyn in Tamarind (who won 4 years ago) was not gaining too quickly. We had a chat around the Eddiston about the weather - probably the last person I will speak to face to face for 30 days!

Later that evening I noticed my main sail top batten was missing its car! Its funny as I thought the first time I saw it I should tape it to stop it coming undone. So Matt - that split ring you found on deck - that was from the batten. I reluctantly dropped the main off the Lizzard and to my surprise the clevis pn was still there - I didn't have a spare and was all set to use a cable tie. I don't have and spare split rings so I put a whole load of tape around it. - I expect to see some for of this before I finish the trip.

Knowing I had Flamingo Lady just of my stern and Olbia had just sailed though me as I dropped the main I was tracking British Beagle, Ninjod, Rubicon and a couple other on AIS.

Later that evening I saw a white flash in the sky, about 20 seconds later I heard a Italian voice reportig a white flare going off, off his stern. Marco entered into a long conversation with Falmouth Coast Guard about it possible being EgoTripp.

Mum - I had a Lancashire hot pot from the 'look what we found' range with a bag on partly cooked rice. I need to cook the rice for longer next time !!

Tuesday came round quickly and was a hard night. No more than a 20-30 minute sleep at a time as there was quite a lot of fishing boats and shipping about. It was to be expected on the first night out of Plymouth. I didn't have any breakfast and it wasn't until about 3 untl I had some lunch which was soup and a bread roll. Not massively hungry. Wind had got up though and I put the second reef in of the trip. While doping so I had noticed that my 3rd reef line had shaken out and was loose in the boom. Bugger - this needed to be fixed asap. What to do reef - I swapped out reef 1 for reef 3 which was the safest thing to do. At the same time I moused though a a line so I could try and fit another line back through, before to much time I had a 2nd and 3rd reef line fitted again and a mouse run through the boom - it just came out the wrong sheaves at each end - I need to sort this on a calm day, At least I had my 3rd SAFE reef back now.

Shortly afterwards I saw a boat cross my stern on the opposite tack. No idea who it was but I guessed she was quite big. I was also forced to tack shortly afterwards as I was on a collision course with a ship. I tacked and passed her stern. It was never my intension to stay on it for long but the COG to Newport was better so I decided to run with it for a while.

It was now that I started to feel a little insecure about my position. Having lost site of all the other boat and now off on a bit of a flyer caused by a ship!! He wind was getting up to! Ok - am I the only boat going this was - What am I sailing into? Do the other competitors know more than me about going this way??

Exhausted and tired after a bad night sleep I started to worry - the wind was getting up all the time - I was not down to my Heavy Weather Jib and 3 reefs, its getting late in the evening and I haven't got a clue where the competition are anymore. Struggling to send e-mails on the laptop for some reason I couldn't getter a new grib weather file so I also was worried about what I am sailing in to. It was very unnerving and what I would have done for a fleet position report or chart showing me there position relative to me.

Into the night I went with 3 reefs and a HWJ. It was 30-35 knots and pretty foul. Day two and the boat is soaked already. I was starting to struggle to keep a good course and as I hand flown it before dropped the HWJ and put up the storm jib. It made the boat a lot more comfortable but didn't improve my course. In hind site I think I should have probably dropped my main - I would have made better progress to windward. I will have plenty more gales to try out my options on the way across. I just remember beign told before I left - Will - don't push the boat too hard, treat it like a cruise and you will make it across.

Oh andf dinner last night was Waitrose Tinned Beef Stew - revolting and I gagged a number of times just trying to swallow it - hope I don't have too many more of them!!! It was just to rich for someone feel queezy.

Okay so today. Morning broke through and the wind decreased. I looked at the state of the interior - what a mess for day2. I had water splashing up around my floor board - Why - please not my water tank again - they have never been right but I thought I had fixed it with stainless steel ones and all new plumbing. I used my boat vacuum cleaner- a pump I made up to suck water out of all the areas I know it get to. It worked and was held into place with Richard elastic. I emptied the forward cabin bunks and under the saloon floor boards.

Just out of interest - I have done all my sleeping on the bean bag on the saloon floor. I have been too wet In my waterprrofs to use a bunk and I didn't want to soak the bunks to early on. Taking waterprrof off was simply not an option.

I swapped out the SJ for the HWJ and then shook out the 3rd reef. As the wind dropped I tried the tricky job of feed the mouse line for the reef line I had lost across from sheave to sheave. A bent piece of coat hanger and a bit of luck and I had done it.

At this point I also noticed that my windgen was spinning on its shaft and not its bearing! This could result in the wire spinning and breaking rendering the thing useless. I stopped the boat and gybed to get on the opposite tack - I could take as I had my inner forestay and had to roll the genoa up killing all speed - I could then stand on top of the pushpit leaning onto the radar to asses the damage. Both bolt had shaken loose!!! How did this happen - they both had locking washers! Thinking fast I twisted the lower section of the windgen to align with the holes in the post. Tricky enough out of the water let along sailing in 15knts. I then used an allen key with the short length stuck into the tapped hole and then taped the long length to the stainless pole. That will stop the bearing spinning. Hard to explain - hope you understand,

I was actually sick this morning - no idea why? Not like me but I happened. I didn't eat again till early afternoon and had a beans and sausages with another roll. Then for super I had scrambled egg in a roll.

Wind has now dropped to about 15 knots true and I am sailing about 278 mag with max sail up.

Thanks for all the text messages - been good to know your are there - I could n't do it without you. I have had two missed calls ?? Phone doesn't say who? - Matt was it you?

Adrain keep up the chartlets - It really helps me visualise when I am amongst the fleet and is a lot easier than lat and long and putting each boat in as a way point.

Off to get some more sleep.

Will

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