When the wind died...
27 June 2017
We had a lovely, light, following wind after leaving Tor Bay. As
we approached the rocky cape seen below the spinnaker in the picture, the wind suddenly died completely. The spinnaker just collapsed, so I lowered it to the deck and bagged it.
We were about 200m from some rocks. As I went to start the motor, an onshore breeze came up, starting to push us towards the rocks.
The motor didn't start--the starter just clicked. With staysails set, there was enough wind to sail clear of the rocks, so Sarah steered while I worked on the motor.
One of the two starting batteries had failed. I replaced it with one of my house batteries, ran the (hand-started, portable, gasoline) generator twenty minutes to charge the starting batteries, and then confirmed that the engine could be started.
The rest of the day was a pleasant sail and motor to Canso.