Hajen i mål

Lördag morgon kl 07.25 skar Talanta mållinjen, klarade fjärde platsen i klassen och blev sjunde snabbast på omräknad tid. Beröm grattis och tack till Mikael Ryking med besättning som gett oss fätöljseglare månadens och kanske vinterns mest spännande seglingspplevelse.

Talanta - Log Day 12: A Squall sent by the devil himself and second rudder broken!

04 December 2015

After switching rudders last Sunday we have been pushing the boat really hard. During all the trouble of repairs and standing still we had lost all the advantage to many of our competitors, especially Desna who now had come up on 3rd place in the ranking. As of last Sunday they were 26 miles ahead of us. To avoid making another gybe (meaning once again remove the rudder in the middle of the Atlantic!), we had followed the northerly route far longer than optimal. Therefor we had to sail through a large high pressure with very low winds. Not good for gaining on the competitors!

But as we got into stronger winds we really started the chase. At each report we had gained one to two hours on the corrected time. We overtook Desna and as of last night we were about 50 miles ahead of them. Also having a much more favourable angle towards the wind. Everything was looking promising as we really made our best to regain at least the third place.

However, at 04:30 this morning we were hit by a Squall. A kind of squall we had never experienced before, like it was sent from the Devil himself. In just a few seconds the wind went from 18 knots to 40 knots, the boat was nearly knocked down and the intensity of the wind and the spray from rain and the sea were beyond the believable. This happened while sailing the medium spinnaker and one reef in the main. A disaster! Impossible to get up on deck to pull down the spinnaker sock (and when I say impossible, believe me, it was not possible. No chickens on this boat!). An increadible scene with a spinnaker flapping in 40 knots of wind were playing in front of our eyes while we were holding on tight to the boat.

The spinnaker seems to have kept itself alive. But our last on only one remaining rudder didn’t. It broke down and pieces of the rudder were hanging on both sides. Now we were experienced in rudder removal at sea, so quickly we removed the rudder, brought it up on deck and started to repair. Managed to save half the rudder so now are sailing with a half rudder, the jib only and full water ballast to bring down the remaining part of the rudder into the water. So the play of the podium is lost, but we hope to at least keep our fourth place!

Mikael, Skipper.




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