Sparrow appears to be in a bit of a transition zone. Wind finally swung around behind the beam at 1am and now is astern at 5 knots. So we angled East to try to make way, hoping the wind fills in soon to carry us to the Horn.
The first day with dry decks! I was able to eat dinner last night up by the mast which was amazing as we were slipping along at 8 knots with the sea shimmering with starlight as disk settled to night.
With the relatively calm weather I went for another swim to check the keel. Some leaks are appearing at the at end of the keelbox, so I figured there would be cracks at the keel-hull joint where there is typically flexing that goes on that causes cracking. With the slamming from the last 3 weeks, water was being forced up the crack and out the keel box in the interior. Not much but apparent. There is not keel movement so I’m just counting this as a minor leak and pressing on. Hopefully it stays a minor leak. No leaking at all in this easy weather.
The gooseneck pin epoxy trick has failed already. I will just inspect twice a day and keep tapping it up. Chafe is starting to appear in some critical areas. I didn’t bring along any extra chafe cover material, big mistake. I have spare lines and I’m sure I’ll just have to get creative as I go.
3,470 nm to The Horn