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Freya retiring, hurt


I’m sad to say that Freya and myself are retiring from the NOSTAR.

At around 1400 this afternoon, just as we’d passed the half way distance to Newport, I was going up on deck and there was a bit of a bang and the mast fell over the starboard side.

I had a fairly hectic half hour or so salvaging the boom and some ropes and letting the rigging go so that the mast wouldn’t cause further damage.

The port lower shroud deck fitting had failed, The tie rod in the cabin looks fine still, there is a break in the steel half way through the deck. I’m not quite sure why the cap shroud couldn’t hold the mast temporarily but maybe the shock load caused a failure of the cap shroud somewhere, in any event it didn’t.

I am perfectly safe there’s no damage to the boat other than one of my deck stanchions is broken.

I’m 600 miles from St Johns and about 1400 from Home. The weather and currents are more favourable for going home and so my plan is to try to make it home. Currently I’m blowing downwind with the vane steering me and we’re doing about 2 and a half knots towards Tighnabruaich.

There’s a bit of a blow coming on tonight along with some seas so I’m not going to try to rig my jury rig at the moment until the weather is calmer and I’ve had more of a chance to think about how to do it. I took the precaution of bringing a laser sail and mast with me which I’m hoping will keep me moving in the right direction once rigged. I also have the spinnaker pole and boom and a selection of sails still aboard for jury rigging.

I have plenty of food, water, fuel and gas and am in no immediate danger. My solar panels are undamaged.

I have rigged the emergency VHF Aerial and have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) should I feel the wish to call for help. This is a little device that communicates via satelite to the coastguard generating a Mayday with my position and the name of the boat, If I set this off I’m likely to have assistance within a short time because this is a busy part of the world shipping wise. If I do this however I’ll have to abandon Freya. Towing is not an option and the quantity of fuel needed to motor is impractical.

Please, no one, think of calling for help on my behalf, I’m not in any danger and can call for help myself should circumstances change or if it looks like my plan is not going to work.

Meanwhile there’s a new brown bird appeared which I’ve yet to identify.

I’ll keep blogging and hope to be home earlier than previously anticipated.

Slainte

Jock





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ah
May 26, 2021

Hope all is well and stabilised and that you have a safe journey home Jock. I might have guessed that a relatively simple (to you) single-handed crossing of the Atlantic wouldn't be enough of a challenge for you and you would feel the need to make it more 'interesting'! I am quite sure you will make sailing without a mast seem like a walk in the park and probably start a new craze.....Stay safe Jock. Andy Hamilton

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 30, 2021
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Thanks Andy, all’s well in Italy.

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robrae52
May 25, 2021

Jeezo Jock, thats a buggar, when you were going so well too, glad to hear your ok though and it didny come doon on yer heid or anything

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 30, 2021
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Thanks Rob,

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Alan Wilson
Alan Wilson
May 25, 2021

Sorry to hear about your "incident" but I am sure that you will cope very well with the challenges ahead:-)

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 30, 2021
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Thanks Alan,

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kate
May 25, 2021

What a shame Jock, I'm sorry to hear this. However you sound like you are very well set up to create some sort of sail and rig combination to make the journey back to Scotland. Nothing like a bit of problem solving to add to the excitement of boating. Wishing you lots of nice medium strength Westerly winds to carry you home.

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 30, 2021
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Thanks Kate.

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David Weir
David Weir
May 25, 2021

So sorry to hear Jock: safe passage back: will be thinking of you : keep safe, love from us all DW

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
May 30, 2021
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Thanks David,

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