• JM BUSHA 54 Sailing Team

Day 4: From the Bosun, with love

The day started with us still surfing along on the waves - but the breeze of the previous day was slowly dying. Fortunately, Mics and I were feeling better which meant that the rest of the team could start catching up on sleep. As such, the morning of day 4 was a subdued affair - with a little less of the usual banter. Temperatures have slowly started to increase and boots and jackets are no longer necessary at night, the sky is clear and the water, over which we skate, is the deepest blue. A look at the weather showed that we were in for some more light air - much to every ones absolute disgust. Light wind to a sailor is like putting tomato sauce on a chiefs soufe its disappointing and never necessary! The gas crisis on the boat was not due to the bountiful supply of sprouts Ryan decided to bring along - which I'm sure in the coming days may cause wind if some is not provided. The one I'm referring to is the LPG we use to cook and most important make hot beverages between watch changes. Our regulator decided to begin a slow leak the details are not as exciting, unless you are the Bosun, so I'll keep it short and say it has been repaired. Although, we did lose some precious gas, we are fortunately on the first bottle and our trusty gas sensor was a solid investment and has kept us all safe. This repair did result in some ice cold mince wraps for dinner and after the plague some of the crew where not in a trusting mood, but eventually they succumb to the best flavour for food... HUNGER! The wraps where accually very good specially considering the hunger. The watermaker is a beautiful piece of engineering, she is balanced, efficient and really very technical. After expressing in great detail my admiration for her construction and function, the crew either run away or decide to helm in blistering heat. So in short, it uses a low pressure pump to suck up sea water and prime a large high pressure pump - and I am talking high, the pressure we make water at is 60 bar whereas your car tire is at 2 bar. It then forces the sea water though a membrane to separate the salt, which we put back into the sea, and the water we produce is rather bland and tasteless but when you thirsty its like nectar from the Gods. Private email me if you would like further details and want to indulge in how awesome this process is with the team's Bosun. Some last minute excitement before our wind went on the blink - was the night we lost Gunther. Gunther is our dear S2 light wind spinnikar. During a gybe between the evening watches, our spinnaker had the bright idea to wrap around the forestay - mainly cause it hasn't had much play time on the boat and got too excited and ahead of itself. We are in a pickle, what to do? First thoughts: Save this massive piece of reckless material or gut it like a fish and save the rig... We, obviously, where completely calm - no one using untasteful langauge in the heat of a big crisis about to snowball into chaos. We ditched the knife and sent Michaela up the rig - our lightest foredeck crew. The problem of being lightest is that you are usually on the shorter side too - unless you grew up near a nuclear power plant and are in some way lengthy deformed. Que someone tall and weighing all of the weight, Jonathan Ham, went up with a boat swaying like a drunk duck. Jonathan hanging on for his life and with clear goal: Save Gunther! You get oddly attached to sails when you work all day and night together. Fortunately for Gunther, Mr Ham saved the day and a relaunch had us fired up and on the move. With a short crew chat about how to avoid this event and what was done well and what needed improvement, we learnt together and it was time for bed. Good night. - Hearn

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