Monday, July 14, 2014

Underway Day 19 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

July 15, 2014 @ Noon local or (UTC July 15 @ 0000)

Day 19 LightSpeed Sailing from Marshall Islands to North America

Underway position: 23 49N 171 06E

143nm day/1085nm trip total

Course 035
Speed avg ~6

Wind 8 @ 110T
40 % Cloud cover
1016 mbar
Air temp 86F
Sea temp 86F

We're 1003nm north of Majuro, but still haven't passed east of the longitude of Majuro! This morning we finally got a nice wind shift from ENE to ESE and are just now beginning to make some easting.

All is well except our storm jib is stuck in the up position with a jammed luff tape. It's a new to me sail from Minneys in Newport, CA and the luff tape was not as advertised and just a hair too big. I sprayed the luff tape with Teflon and then winched it up and got it really really stuck... that was three + weeks ago. The sail has been perfect up to this point, but this morning the wind dropped to 8 knots true out of 110T and yep we gotta get that small sail down and the normal jib up. LighSpeed is at her best in light wind conditions, yesterday we had only 9 knots true for a few hours and when the seas settled down we were making better than 6 knots.

I went to work on getting the storm jib down with a block attached to the fore beam and pulled the first few feet down by hauling on the tack and winching. Once I ran out of purchase I tied into a grommet further up the sail and winched down a few more feet pretty much ripping the small grommet out of the sail. I repeated the process again and again with Kathy winching while I pulled with all my weight. Begrudgingly the sail finally slipped free of the foil.

At the moment I'm taking a break from the sail handling and started our Honda generator to top up the batteries while I run the water maker and check email. Next the normal jib goes back up and hopefully we can run that for the remainder of the trip.

Last night the seas got really confused and it made for a rough night of bouncing around.

That's it for now.

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