Originally Posted by Minnewaska
Will the harbor freeze over in the winter? I have this vision of three feet of ice, which may demonstrate my misunderstanding of Iceland. Having to run bubblers all winter would worry me, if the ice was really bad. I'm sure you have it figured out.
Sorry the master plan didn't work out. What broke on the boat?
We have been told that, because of the large tidal range here (around 4 meters), the harbour does not freeze in the winter. From what I have heard, and from my own research, it also does not seem to get extremely cold here despite its high latitude. (Thank you Gulf Stream!) The coldest winter temperatures seem to hover between -3˚C to 4˚C…much warmer than Boston where Drake spent quite a few winters.
We've had several things break, but the big one was just as we were leaving Greenland to head to Ireland. About three hours after we left the weather station on the eastern edge of Prins Christian Sund the wheel that held steering cables broke which left us a sitting duck in the middle of an iceberg field.
Luckily we have an emergency tiller. Between that and the hydraulic RAM auto pilot, which connects directly to the steering quadrant, we were able to turn around and safely return to the weather station.
The repairs did not take too long (we had back up parts on board), but by the time everything was finished we had missed the weather window to Ireland and decided to head to Iceland after all.
It certainly wasn't in the plan, but I'm delighted to be here in Reykjavík. It was also comforting to see how we all reacted to an unexpected emergency. Everyone on board pulled together and no one really freaked out.