Talanta - Log Day 7: Changing rudder and gybing towards Saint Lucia
a few days we have been flying on a starboard tack. Wind easying a bit and boat
speed last day was down to 10 knots. Felt like we were standing still!
the time for a gybe were approaching as the weather forecast indicated a shift
in the wind from 70 degress to 90. Due to the broken rudder on starboard side we
cannot sail on the port tack. So when we finally had to gybe, to avoid ending up
in Florida, we also had to switch the rudders. Moving the working port rudder to
the starboard side.
is indeed a risky thing to do, removing the rudder in the middle of the
Atlantic. But the trick was to mount an M8 screw at the top of the rudder stock
with a line attached to it. Then removing the rudder head and dropping the whole
rudder down into the ocean. Then getting the line from outside and picking up
the rudder. With a total stopping time of 2.5 hours including bringing down and
up the sails, we are now up to speed on a port tack! Full main and grand spi we
are again making some 10 to 13 knots in a light
work from everyone onboard and now we are flying towards Saint Lucia, the reggae
and the Rhum!