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Miserable, Wet and Uncomfortable


A windy morning, I spent the night with just the staysail up but we didn’t make as good an angle or speed as we should have, on the plus side it was a more comfortable night. I’ve put the main back up with 3 reefs in it and we are jerking along again a little faster and a little closer to the wind, it all helps, the wind is Wly abaout 23 knots at the moment with about 3-4m sea so it’s pretty miserable, wet and uncomfortable.


Just after I’d written my blog yesterday I turned downwind which took the wind out of the genoa as it was sheltered by the main. By lowering and hoisting the genoa a little the two parts of the foil came together again which was very pleasing, it means that there’s no damage up there other than the missing screws. I have a plan for a calm day to lower the sail and remove the splice on the halyard which is preventing me from getting good tension on the luff, I replaced the halyards with thicker ones with additional anti chafing sleeves and the diameter of the whole thing at the splice seems to be too much to go past a fitting at the top of the mast. If I pull the splice out and whip the end I can tie the halyard to the sail fitting and the rope should then pass without difficulty through the fittings allowing me to get a little luff tension. I’m not sure if the slack luff is contributing to the foils wanting to separate but it’s quite possible. An additional benefit of a knot at the masthead is that if the halyard starts to chafe on the top fitting I can pull a bit more rope through the sail before ting a new knot so that the chafe is in a different area.



The tiller lines from the self steering, i end for ended the port one, the outer cover of the rope, the super tuff non wearing bit has worn through and the line is now running on the core dyneema, I’ll have to keep an eye on it and replace it when it is worn. Hopefully I’ll get a few more days from it.


My Tomato, pepper and cheese salad was good, I forgot the olives but it wasn’t missing them particularly.

The rice pudding worked but stuck to the saucepan causing some extra work washing up. I ended up just having the rice pudding for dinner, the spag bol will probably be for tonight. It was too uncomfortable to contemplate having the pans on the go at the same time (pasta, sauce, pud).

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stephen.quaile
23 may 2021

Andy Murray’s grandad maybe...

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
24 may 2021
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Yeah, alright, but I’ve not seen his beard!

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miller686
miller686
23 may 2021

Hi Jock Following your progress on a daily basis and it is fascinating - great blogs - fab mix of sailing know how, wildlife and food!! Have commented before but don't think I'm doing it right. Hopefully this will get through. I'm glad for you that you have the skills and experience to do a magnificent journey such as this. Cx

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
24 may 2021
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Thanks Claire, the comment, obviously, came through fine.

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weallmakechoices
weallmakechoices
23 may 2021

Hey Jock, The blog is enthralling as is watching the exciting progress of all participants. Looks like you will be in fairer winds and warmer weather soon. Hope the spag bol was heartening, rice pudding isn’t much to live on to keep spirits up despite having the most well travelled raisins in Christendom as an ingredient! Best wishes, Julie

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
24 may 2021
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Thanks Julie, it’s a bit warmer already, I’ve ditched the thermals, sea water now 16C. Penne Bol was good but now finished. Not sure about tonight but will probably sausage casserole.

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julie.coldwell
22 may 2021

As a non-sailor my mind is boggling. It sounds like there’s plenty of problem-solving on deck and in the kitchen (galley?!). Though, very interesting and heartening to hear about the solutions.

Hopefully, happier, warmer and drier by the time you read this!


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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
24 may 2021
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Thanks Julie, warmer but a wet and windy morning, still pretty bouncy.

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margogonggrijp
margogonggrijp
22 may 2021

did you pass the halfway mark? Hard to see on the map.

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Jock Hamilton
Jock Hamilton
24 may 2021
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No, it’s still to come, probably tomorrow. Noon yesterday I’d covered 2089 miles but. Still had 1591 out of 2890 to go.

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