Today was time to do our rig-check. That means yours truly ‘grinding’ Richard up the mast, and Richard checking every fitting and point of attachment before we get into the (hopefully) stronger trades in Hawaiian waters. Richard is 225 pounds and grinding him all the way up the mast is a good effort. And, of course, Richard has to have trust in my abilities to control the situation. It is truly teamwork. And it does make for great pictures. The first large one is a picture of Richard taking a picture of himself at the top of the mast. The second picture is a picture of the boat seen from the top of the mast. I am steering the boat while Richard is checking the rig. This is tricky, but not quite as dangerous as it sounds. Richard and I both have young children and we are cautious.
- Yellow foul weather gear hanging, drying.
- The camping gas stove with the pressure cooker. All of our meals are vacuum bagged and get thrown into the pressure cooker.
- Philippe doing the navigator’s job, scribbling on the board.
- A red fleece and a blue cushion, I sleep on the nav station seat and that is my pillow.
- In the forefront, vacuum-bagged meals. These are our total rations for the day.
- Our sink, only salt water, manual pump. Good to clean dishes and stuff.
- On the nav station panel, right, you can see the handsets that control the two Iridium satellite systems (the best!) and the Fleet-33 (faster but you can’t really count on it).
- The fantastic M-802 single side band is the box on the lower right corner.
- Note the Logitech trackball by my right elbow, mice are not an option with the elements, the constant motion and the heterogeneous reflective surfaces. We use Velcro extensively and the wiring is non-trivial. Everything is at least twice redundant.
De första båtarna har nu gått i mål. Först i mål var “Pyewacket” (med Dean Barker ombord), men man missade rekordet med 9 timmar. Trots att arrangörerna höjt maxgränsen för att Disney skulle kunna vara med med… Foto: Dan Doyle