Tuesday, November 01, 2011

From the Captain...

Made it, will provide a longer reply shortly.  Basically the last 4 or 5 days are a blur and eventually got towed in by another (Canadian, from Vancouver, an engineer with family) boat with a mildly exciting docking.

The quarantine dock is a long structure aligned with the current, wind is from the stern, tide is running with the wind about 3.5 k - the tow was dropped and I coasted to the dock leapt off with a long stern line in hand and passed it into an eye and tried to stop the boat. slowed it, grabbed the line on the other side of the eye and carried down the dock and snubbed against a big pile.

Stopped.

Slithered around the outside of the pile with the rope as the boat starts going again and got a knot into the next eye bolt for  a full stop and secured.  About a minute later the Customs guy shows up aplogizing he wasn't there to help as expected!  No harm done.

Basically crashed and burned after I'd dealt with Customs - don't remember lying down.  I'd been up for way too many hours ghosting across the shipping lanes on the outside.  90 mi to 4.5 days in light airs after having been clobbered in a 'squash zone" between pressure systems.

Big seas, lots of wind.  The boat worked well.

Mechanics have looked at the installation and diagnosed the probable cause - now to fix.

More notes to come.

Take care

Dad
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At 25/10/2011 7:26 PM (utc) our position was 35°18.88'S 174°07.36'E