Sailing Around The World

The Ocean Kicked My Butt

Well to start I tried emailing through my radio three days ago and it stopped working so I gave up till now. Then the weather that was forecast for our trip from Clarence Town to Turks and Caicos was wrong and we ended up spending 3 days to travel 190 nautical miles. We pounded through rough waves, and a few squalls  but the wind was right on the nose 20 knots. To make matters worse the roller furling line snapped and I made a quick repair to get us through the trip, then the wind instrument stopped work so I had no idea what the wind speed was, and now something is going on with the thrust bearing on the drive shaft we think. It appears to make a loud buzzing sound when we put a large loud on the propeller when climbing swells only and we back off the RPM’s and it goes away, not sure what to think?

After all that we had to navigate Dragonsbane through a series of coral shoals, coral rock heads, breaking swells, currents, and through a coral passage that was as wide as our boat. I thought of steeping off onto the coral to take a break but land was finally with in my grasp. We cleared customs, had a stiff drink and I am now using the free wifi and hopefully figuring out a way to fix everything that broke so I can go back out in a few days for our 4 and half day trip to Porto Rico! Anybody up for a sail?

Location: 22deg 4.23min N, 72deg 2.55min W

Slow Rider!


2 responses

  1. Maggie

    Sounds like Murphy’s law is prevailing. After this trip you are going to be the most amazing sailor, though. You will know how to deal with anything! I wish I was going to Puerto Rico!

    December 18, 2012 at 4:04 am

    • I don’t want to be amazing just want to survive it! lol

      December 23, 2012 at 2:07 am