rossd 16 Posted December 1, 2020 Share Posted December 1, 2020 This would be no big deal for a lot of you guys but for me my biggest trip as skipper. quote from my facebook page for non boaties so bare with me: “Big thankyou and gratitude to my crew James and Shae, couldn’t have done it without them. For example ,the Raglan bar was no problem,not even breaking, then the wind got up higher than forecast and sea built up and I was seasick . Eventually Shae made a correct call too take down the genoa and put up a smaller jib. I was still capable of steering at that point so pointed into wind and waves while Shae and James went forward. I had rigged 2 jack lines from the cockpit forward around the mast to the anchor bollard to clip onto. So with short metre long tethers its “impossible” to go over the side. With the bow rising and falling at least 2 metres you cannot really stand up so have to kneel,sit or otherwise stay low. James told me later that at one point Shae was thrown on his back and didn’t bother getting up but clawed the sail down from there. Eventually the smaller sail was hoisted and the action of Mahoe was somewhat tamed. The same couldn’t be said for my stomach! I had been dry reaching for some time, was getting weak and couldn’t help at all. The crew decided after I had been sick for 24 hours I needed to be put ashore to recover, easier said than done. We were nearing Kaipara harbour entrance by now so Shae radioed coastguard and after some discussion back and forth they basically refused us entry. They suggested Hokianga harbour as a possibility. We pressed on , up to now even a sip of water would come straight out again. So was rather excited when water stayed down and I started eating. Nearing Hokianga entrance I was eating like a horse so Shae radioed coastguard to tell them we were all good and carrying on. So your work much appreciated Shae and James.As we neared Cape Reinga we were greeted with this so all was forgotten!” 2 Quote Link to post Share on other sites
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