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Old 25-12-2010, 11:09   #121
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As a whole it was a very long passage. But I did the only thing I could do to get to the Caribbean before Christmas and without putting too much wind into the Genoa.
How did you manage sleep? Did you get enough rest? That's a good spell to be out on your own. Any mermaids?
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Thanks for the more detailed accounts of the trip Mark. So much to gain from the little things! Quite an achievement and thanks for sharing.

Anytime you have more to share, let it out! Single handing, sleep/rest, scares and worries, triumphs and moral boosters (no matter how small, large, strange, or retrospectively insignificant) there's much to be gained.

As for "doing it yourself" on the rest of things, don't be afraid to engage other cruisers to tail or even haul you up. You'll find someone willing for a beer and a story or two....after. Or better yet, you haul, they swing.

Want to avoid having ss rigging failures (what, probably five or six years old?)? So long as time isn't being paid for you can get rid of the wire fittings, make some splices, use galvy (which doesn't work harden as readily, fatigue without notice, and can last 80-100 years) and slush it down once a year. You'll be cruisin for $500 in no time! Or figure the 100 or so a year it costs to have someone else do it once in however long is money well spent! Hey, it's Christmas. Throw another log on the fire and drink another toast. Job well done.
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Hi Mark:

One other thought that I had in terms of the forestay is this. Throw a rope over the spreaders, tie it in a slip knot so that it tightens around the spreader and then attach this to the forestay. From their reef the mainsail so that there are less pressures put on the mast. If the wind had held at 30 knots apparent going down wind I think you would have needed to do something like this to limp the boat home.
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Old 25-12-2010, 12:08   #124
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mark check your tangs and connections and have fun -- is awesome what ye did--- i am respectful -- dont know if i have the huevos to take my boat rtw-- IS a formosa, after all......
i figure if i am able to live on a 500 dollar per month budget, is less that i use at home here and i get to save money as well just for canals and emergencies....and fees and stuff......
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Didn't you buy a new set of sails in Thailand?
I got a new Mainsail. I couldnt afford both... I was only out by $300 but that was it.
I need a new genny now and would love to be in tahiland for a Tasker one... but dunno what the freight would be. I'll check in a few months and see who has the best deal.

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When you have a moment, please let us know how old your standing rigging was at the time you had your failure.
2001 boat. Ex-charter so 9 years of 'good' life. Charter people sometimes don't reef as eary as they should.
Insyurance companies sometimes ask for a 10 year replacement, dont they? Damn, they got that one right!



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How did you manage sleep?
It worked out at 28 minutes per timer.
Shortly after Cape Verd Islands I saw 3 ships on the Liberia/Panama route, and then not another ship.
28 mins (dunno how I arrived at that) was fine for me. 20 minutes normally when there are ships about.
Its a benifit/cost ratio one must make comfoprtable in their own mind. Most ships go far slower than we are told.



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One other thought that I had in terms of the forestay is this. Throw a rope over the spreaders, tie it in a slip knot so that it tightens around the spreader and then attach this to the forestay. .
Great idea. I didnt think of that one. Excellent idea. maybe not overly difficult to throw it up again and get it over both spreaders so it tightening around the mast.
Excellent thought, Charlie. We should all remember that one.


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Mark I think you got it better. Up then down and it is around the mast as long as the min is out of the way.
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I have enjoyed following your travels.........please keep us up to date before you start your second trip around the world........
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Mark, May God Bless and Keep YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! Following you since the beginning. Welcome home, truly Awesome Mark.
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2001 boat. Ex-charter so 9 years of 'good' life. Charter people sometimes don't reef as eary as they should.
Insurance companies sometimes ask for a 10 year replacement, don't they? Damn, they got that one right!
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Ah... Yes, 10 years is the suggested limit for rigging in the tropics, particularly if the yacht is worked hard. I'd say you did pretty well on that wire old son, but I would definately replace the rest as well; and, check the pins at the chainplates.

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Did Laura Dekker really leave a week later and make the trip in 18 days??
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Congratulations on a job well done. I've been wondering where you were, when you get to this side of the pond and how you were doing.

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laura dekker isnt sailing abendytoy. she is also YOUNGER than markj.......
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Did Laura Dekker really leave a week later and make the trip in 18 days??
Laura Dekker arrived in Sint Maarten, after sailing the Atlantic from the Cape Verde Islands aboard Guppy, a Jeanneau Ginfizz.
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Laura is in the marina just over the Lagoon for me. I thought my boat had lots of Goose Barnacles on her, but Lauras has been invaded!!!! I dare say she and I could do with a day or 2 in the same bay with crystal clear water, white sand and lots of hungry parrot fish!!!!!!!!!

She was definitly here before me because I saw her boat tied up at the yacht club dinghy dock when I came in through the bridge. But I dont know when she left Cape Verde.
If she has new sails (and why wouldn’t she as she is at the beginning of her trip) then she could probably have gone well north of me and made better time in the South Westerly’s.

Also she is Dutch, she wouldn't have been able to understand Herb

I am sure she's a great kid, I just continually worry about the next younger one trying to 'beat' her 'record'.


As for the idea she's younger therefore maybe able to sail better is not far wrong. I think I was at the height of my sailing knowledge/reflexes etc during the period I was doing World Championships etc which was 17-18 and then later when I was offshore racing till about 25.
But I think I have now learned to be far less competitive, far less challenging to the boat, far more resourceful in more things about boat ownership and cruising. But thats different to being able to raise and drop a spinnaker exactly at the right moment 6 times in a 2 hour race. But, boy I can unblock a stuffed crapper!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Hey Mark, have you tallied up the miles for this trip? Not that it matters, just curious.

I've never posted on your threads before, but have read your blog and enjoyed your posts! Thanks, and congrats! An awsome job finishing up alone once you lost your mate...all the best for 2011!

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