Chafe Discovery

7 Feb

February 5, 2019/Day 124

Noon Position: 46 30S  151 33E

Course(t)/Speed(kts): E 5

Miles since departure: 17,294

Avg. Miles/Day: 139

Long day. Was on the foredeck (now don’t recall why) when I noted on the #2 genoa unusual chafe to the webbing that secures the clew ring to the clew of the sail. Closer inspection showed that of the four straps around the ring, the top two had worn through and the bottom one was a third gone.

Spent the remainder of the day switching that sail out for the spare in the anchor locker. The webbing is monstrously strong and likely would last some time. That said, weather between here and New Zealand is going to be challenging; best not to take the chance.

All day we’ve been slowly overtaken by a high pressure system. Winds are easing as the barometer rises; the cabin is 70 degrees. This provided a lucky opportunity for the sail change. Now or never…

Wiped out. A better update later…

This article was syndicated from The Figure 8 Voyage


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