May 29, 2019
Noon Position: 41 14N 63 17W
Course(t)/Speed(kts): N 6 – 7
Wind(t/tws): S 20 – 30
Sea(t/ft): S 7 – 10
10ths Cloud Cover: 10
Bar(mb): 1006+, falling fast
Cabin Temp(f): 70
Water Temp(f): 67
Relative Humidity(%): 67
Sail: Working jib, two reefs; running.
Noon-to-Noon Miles Made Good (nm): 142 (YES, Mo can still pull miles)
Miles since departure: 31,128
Avg. Miles/Day: 132
Leg North Miles: 7,907
Leg North Days: 70
Avg. Miles/Day: 113
Wind still boxing the compass over a 24-hour period. Slow way through the water overnight, but we continued fast on a fast current setting to the N.
I came on deck at 2am to tack and noticed a strange shadow cast by my headlamp onto the #2 genoa. On closer inspection, the shadow resolved into a long tear in the sail from the protective cover at the foot all the way through two panels.
In the day was due a gale, so I hustled the sail down on deck, jammed it into a bag and hustled the spare into the sky, all before dawn. Winds were 15 knots from the south by the time I was done and 30 before noon.
All in all, I was lucky the sail didn’t blow entirely and that I could exchange it during a gentle phase.
Lumpy sea again today, but already it is relaxing. We’ve run fast and are now at the top of the low, which is rapidly falling to the east.
I’ve repaired Monte’s pendulum strut and pinion gears. The strut needed a bit of shaping due to burs on the gear I couldn’t access (or feel, for that matter), but that done, Monte is ready to go back together. Assembly is a ticklish business. One false move and the forty or so pieces that make up the strut and pinion go apart like a hand grenade. So I need a calm day for hanging.