Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
Join Date: May 2006
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Re: CA Sailor Rescued North Pacific
Even with two onboard hand steering for days is incredibly tiring. We did it for five days after a knockdown that damaged both our autopilot and our Monitor. If the wind had been stronger it would have been easier, we could have rigged some form of self-steering since our boat balances so well, but the winds were in the 6 to 12 knot range and variable in detection with sloppy seas. Not fun. Can't imagine doing it alone for four weeks. I would imagine this guy was doing the heave-to/sleep routine to even make it as long as he did. I agree with Jackdale, the number of singlehanders who get into trouble is way higher than with even two crew. There is a reason that couples can get insurance from a few companies and singles not at all.
Back home on Lake Ontario after something over 36,000 nm circumnavigator. Not surprisingly there is a lot of stuff I want to get done on Ainia both cosmetically and functionally. Getting an early start so it will be ready to go for next summer (Lake Superior?).