27th October 2017
In the 24 hours to 9am this morning we achieved 196nm – quite a thing for Chimere as she would normally average 140nm. As mentioned yesterday this is courtesy of favourable winds and current and seas. Well the broad reach continued all night and into this afternoon. At 3am I got up for a shift and there is Rob, standing in front of the wheel. It’s dark but I can see a twinkle in his eye and a bit of a wry smirk across his mouth (both of which are pretty normal for Rob). I climbed the companionway and looked at the chart plotter – flop, 9.4 knots! “Yep, and I got her up to 10.2” says Rob “even got a photo…… she’s like a horse heading for home”
The broad reach is the fastest point of sail and is around 135 degrees off the wind. Every windsurfer lives for broad reaches, that’s all you want. My Laser loves a broad reach, she gets excited and up onto the plane and hums a tune to me when we reach together. Yesterday we had a gentle broad reach all afternoon and evening, we were making good with 8 knots with the big reacher and main aloft, a current of about 1 knot which we measured when swimming, and good ‘ole ‘Perky’ assisting. It made for extremely pleasant sailing because the sea was pancake flat. Overnight that breeze picked up so Cam and Gwyl changed out the reacher for the jib and staysail.
After sunrise this morning the breeze picked up much more than forecast and the sea picked up a few notches too. We saw some fantastic little Storm Petrels today – dancing along the large moving waves with incredible skill – goodness knows where they live. Cam spotted a large shark in an adjacent wave, with fin out of the water – hmmm, half a day from our last swim. The waves were pretty big and rolling up behind us, sometimes breaking as Chimere slid slightly sideways down the face. At one point I turned to Rob to let him know I felt a bit scared – he said Chimere is big, heavy and well built, so we’d be alright. And then a minute later he said he’d be scared mountain biking downhill through trees and rocks which are hard when you land on them, that put it into perspective for me. Cam, Rob and Ray take it all in their stride and their confidence helps us newbies.
Today we turned on the water maker, which converts sea water to fresh water through reverse osmosis. It makes about 6 litres a minute. After an hour and a half Cam checked the water tank to find a fair bit of fresh water sloshing around the midship bilges because of a leak in the system. After a few ideas with all heads down holes we formed a chain and bucketed out what must have been close to 500 liters of water, at least the bilges got a rinse.
Fish for dinner again tonight, with sweet potato and onion mash – that Mahi Mahi will go a long way.
Heading your way,
Jonno and the gang.