[ We got over the difficult condition last night ]
We started to sail southwest to get away from the low yesterday. We tried to go southwest, but the high waves and current forced us to move south. We just needed patience, patience…
We are excepting to have lower winds and waves this afternoon, so will continue to sail safely. It is forecasted to have two to three more low pressures on our way.
If we kept going NE to get a short cut to Onahama, we would have been in 25 km/h of wind gust! We think we made the right decision based on our weather advisor even though we got further away from our goal.
[ Have a good communication and don’t panic when in troubles ]
Planing to shift to SW from this afternoon. We had a trouble rolling up the front sail. This needed to be done in order to prepare for stronger wind gust, so that we could have the middle sail to be able to move around. Doug tried to tighten the furling gear, but it did not move. I tried too, but it was still the same. I could feel from the tension that it was not because of the power of the winds, then I thought there was a possibility of over-wrapping the line inside the drum. To undo this, we had to reach the drum in the far front. We had set the sail to the right, so the boat was heeling over, which means the left side down and the right side up. When we get waves from the left, the angle gets even bigger. To get to the front, taking the right side path would be dagerous that you have a chance to fall into the ocean, so I had to take the left side very slowely. First, I attached my lifeline cable to the wire along the side of the boat, and then, I crawled and moved forward little by little. I reattached the end of my cable to the jackline, because I had to go over some ropes and blocks. Then, I took off the end of from the jackline and moved forward again. When I reached the front, I could tell the furling line was over-wrapped by touching inside the drum. I told Doug to loosen the rope by 30 cm. I pulled up the furling line as soon as he did, and the problem was solved. We were so relieved.
I went back to the cockpit, and we discussed why that happened. Then, we figured out that we opened the clutch before giving a tension to the furling line when we opened up the sail.
What came in handy in this situation was a hat with built-in intercom. You don’t hear anyhtng even someone’s yelling at you on the deck to the cockpit, But, we were able to communicate smoothly in that severe situation by using the intercom.
A good communication between crew is a very important factor for a safe voyage.