06 September 2018 | West Greenland
So yesterday we said goodbye to Sisimiut and the special friends we have made among the Greenlanders. We travelled 37nm until the wind headed us at 16+ kts so we headed for an anchorage we used a year ago. It was fine to enter in the narrow rocky entrance in the dark as we had it tracked right into the anchor drop spot. After a few frantic days it was good to get 6 hours good sleep but more importantly it gave us an opportunity to stop and check the transmission repair - all good so far. It has been another hard day todaybpushing into wind over tide so we have decided to stop again tonight at Agpamiut, another anchorage we used last year. Again another chance to check the transmission hasn't slipped.
If you have been following the posts you will know we fitted a shim to the python drive clamp in Pond Inlet, Canada. We then did the trip to Sisimiut, Greenland with one stop on the Canadian side where Andy and I re-tightened the clamp bolts. After 500+nm we arrived in Sisimiut and removed the offending python drive clamp along with the shim, or to be precise what was left of it, the shim having done its job but it was very worn - see the photo.
Destiny has lots of spares. We can generally fix or repair mosts items but the transmission problem was one of those invisible ones so difficult to identify or plan for. For the North West Passage attempt we added extra spares such as items for emergency rigging. What was really good was the community spirit from all the boats attempting the NWP this year. Like us several are now back in Greenland heading South to safe winter harbours but they have heard of ou Ther problem and taken the time to check we are OK. Some are going to Europe others Novia Scotia, one the Caribbean and another over winter in Greenland. Lp
PICTURE: The worn python drive clamp and the shim material used to repair the slipping