Getting some tradewind sailing in for a few days on approach, an easy 9 to 10 knots. Birds have returned, but still not much shipping traffic with the AIS and radar detector silent. I’ve seen no trash on this trip, very different from the 2012 SHTP that ran after the Fukushima earthquake.
Looks like I will round Hawaii after dark, a bummer as it’s quite a dramatic coastline. Also a bummer as I will come into the lee in the early morning hours. I have a few things to attend to in the hopefully calmer waters behind the island. First up is to epoxy woven roving patches on the topside where there are cracks opening up in the coachroof. I spent some time yesterday prepping the areas for patches as shown in the photos. The underside will need patches also, which will prove troublesome as gravity will work against me. The patches should stabilize the cracking, and then I can address the leaking.
Second up is to drop the sails completely and check over the halyards, and lash blocks onto the outer reef points on the mainsail. I’m already seeing significant chafing on the reef lines which are critical for getting through the Southern Ocean.
Third task is to go up the mast to see if I can repair the radar reflector mount. We shall see.
I will say that despite some setbacks, the longer I’m aboard the more confident I grow.