What, That’s All You Got?

3 am this morning – it’s always 3 am – a squall hit. Not too bad, 22 knots. I happened to be awake, about to make some coffee. Full main and Code 0 up. Before I could climb into the cockpit to blow the mainsheet, Sparrow rounded up and broached. No worries, I thought as I eased the main thinking she’d get back on her feet as the rudder dug back in. No go. I then moved to roll in the Code 0, but then realized it was in shreds, torn from head to tack right down the luff. Maybe someone can school me, but I don’t find this very good service out of a very new sail.

By now I’m used to clearing messes, even in the dark (Sparrow has a great deck light with the oh so convenient cockpit switch). My knife is getting too much use, I think. I cut it away, unfurled the jib and left final cleanup for daylight. This sail was my other main downwind sail, and it was a big loss for speed. Sparrow is now down to working sails, solid Hydranet which I have a lot of confidence in. Definitely in cruising mode now, and the sailing will be much simpler. More time for my reading list.

But wait, there’s more!

While I was cutting away the sail, it appears a slightly loose lazy jack line near the end of the boom caught the NKE GPS antenna that provide Sparrow’s position to her electronics and Expedition. It’s also gone & I have no spare. It crossed my mind more than once to get a spare before departure, but I never acted on it. I do have multiple other GPS devices onboard, so it’s not a show stopper. The Vesper AIS is feeding GPS data to the NKE system now, but for some reason now the NKE Wifi box isn’t talking to Expedition or anything else. A headache I will hopefully resolve tomorrow.

Frankly, it’s been a week I wasn’t expecting, and I’m feeling bowed but unbroken. No doubt some would say I’ve bitten off more than I can chew. Maybe, but I’m still chewing!!! I had a little discussion with Poseidon today: “What, that’s all you got!?!”

Just a guess, but I’m pretty sure he has more tricks up his sleeve.

Hawaii approaches. Take care of each other.

6 thoughts on “What, That’s All You Got?

  1. OMG. This is one of the funniest posts I’ve ever read. I love your tenacity, Whitall! Throwing you one of those chew balls from Oakland. Really enjoying your trip. Hope you continue to do so, too. Jackie


  2. Keep on keeping’ on. And keep writing while the rest of us are stuck driving our desks (for now).

    I know all about strange leaks (and noises) when heeled over. It can be hard to test “all of the things” until you get “out there.”

    You got this!!!


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