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When the wind died...

27 June 2017
Richard
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.
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Vessel Name: Issuma
Vessel Make/Model: Damien II, 15m/50' steel staysail schooner with lifting keel
Extra: Designed for Antarctica. Built in France by META in 1981. Draft 1.3m/4.5' with keel up, 3.2m/10.5' with keel down. More details at http://www.issuma.com/rhudson/issumaboat/IssumaDetails.htm
Home Page: http://www.issuma.com/rhudson/
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