My blisters are shrinking and the weather seems to have settled. I hope to leave on wendsday.
This upsets many peaple. They tell me that the trade wind does not start to blow before the end of november when the ARC starts. That is not so. They are wrong and ignorant. This is whats happens when people mowes in gropes like the ARC. They do not study the fundamentals. The trade blows the whole year. It moves north and south with the sun. In fact it is much better to leave now when the trade is still upp here becouse then you follow the trades south and can take advantage of them all the way. The picture is from The Admiralitys Lifeboat Chart showing the upper and lower limits of the trade. Click on it two times to enlarge it.
This is two pictures from a drive around Porto Santo.
I am sitting at a wifi spot outside the marina office. Obviusly a lot of nice yachtsmen is helping me tp put pictures into my webb-page.
This where my broken tooth got grinded down and filled.
One blister and the doctor fixing it. Last night was more peaceful with my cabin heavily sprayed with pesticides.
To day Sylvie a nurse from a french yacht remowed the bandage from the first blister. It looks good and most of the redness are gone. The antibiotic cure will be finished tomorrow, me then having swallowed all the pills in the little box.
Unfortunatly two new bites on the left foot has started new blisters and tonight I got ten or twenty more on my back. Life in harbour is to dangerous.
Today I went to the supermarket and against my philosophy bought insecticides. The biggest most powerful can I could find. Its a question of survival. I nearly emptied the can in my cabin. Bystanders told me that if the bugs do not kill me then the insecticides will.
I will do a little ventilation tonight before I go to bed. To be continued…
My antibiotics cure will be finished on saturday. However Anne one of the sailing doctors told me that it is prudent to wait with departure two to three days after that. Monday or thusday will therefore be possible departure days.
Luckily the GRIB-files look good for now. However one should not trust them completely. In fact one should not trust anyone or anything completely except the sea.
I have heard from different sources that the real wind speed is 20%, 50% and even up to 100% faster than shown by the GRIB. Remembering that the wind force increases with the square of the speed the forces are respectivly 44%, 225% and 400% stronger than what one is made to belive.
Especially the wind speed of hurricanes are underestimated because the cover a relatively small area compared to the GRIB-net.
Fortunatly small boats have less to fear from hurricanes than big ones becouse they atract much smaller forces. Especially my boat being very small, being home made and of epoxy and with much carbon fibre and thick heavy Divinycell have nothing to fear unless very close to a lee shore.
Less good this night I had a visit from an other mousquito. I hope these bites will not repeat my previus problems and delay departure. The sea is a much safer place I long to get going.
This is the sail arrangement for downwind sailing. Note the boom is foreward of the shroud. It is out more than 120 degrees. This makes for stable downwind running. Only problem it takes time to change to the other side. It also reduces changes of unintentional gibes. Therefore next boat will have unstayed masts.
Regards Yrvind. Thanks Beppe webbmaster for help with inserting the picture. One day hopefully it will get into my head.
Today started with me getting help from Tim Rohnen on the German Yacht MAMITI. He is a nurse and helped me to change the antibiotics on my blister. He did a very professional job and it felt secure to be in his hands.
In the afternoon Luis Camacho from Funchal Madeira showed me the western part of the island from his car. Yesterday he and his wife Susana had given me dinner and on the way to his house he had shown me the more wild eastern part of Porto Santo. I liked it much. I prefered it to the western part. Sadly the doktor has told me that I must rest my leg and should not walk othervise it would be a nice excursion for other days.
I have a problem pillow. I bought it at JYSK in my home town Västervik just before leaving. The prices at JYSK are cheap. My pillow was made in China. It did not cost much. Previusly I had bought a simular one to my bed in my flat. Unfortunatly feathers kept coming out of it.
The problem with the new pillow was that even more feathers was coming out of it and at a faster rate. According to the laws of nature the feathers came out with the sharp pointed end first. It irritating my soft head and disturbed my sleep and dreams.
Before going to sleep every night I therefore pull out as many feathers as I can see, maybee ten feathers every night. The pillow is obviusly getting thinner and thinner.
As an investigater in the mysteries of life I wonder if I will keep loosing feathers at the same linear rate.
Also as the pillow is getting thinner and thinner very slovly I wonder if I will have time to adapt to harder and harder headrest and when finally reaching Martinique I may not even need a pillow any more allowing me to lead a more simple life and a more uncomplicated life.
The proportion of singlehanded sailors has increased dramatically.
Before now a singlehanded sailor was a rare bird. Now here in Porto Santo there is at least 5 singlehanders may bee 20% of the fleet.
Modern electronics like RADAR, AIS and radar transponders has made the sailing much safer. Now there is always someone on watch and that someone keeps an outlook much better than any crews ears and eyes. On a dark rainy night many times you can not see even half a mile. Now 20 – 30 miles is no problem
Also navigation and sailhandling has been revolutionised. To find your position even in a dark stormy night is only a matter of looking at the plotter.
Also now the sinlehander has an engine to his help and it is the boats most powerfull propulsion system, many times stronger than the sails. It has an endurance of hundreds of miles. And of course it can push the boat right against the wind. No need to tack.
Sattelite phones and compact shortwave radios lets the sailor communicate whith people a shore.
I am sure much more is to come like electronic charts with tide currents and weather. Even systems to navigate your boat from your house ashore may not be impossible for the whealthy in the future. With helicopter delivery, then the sailor can chose the most pleasant parts of an ocean passage. When bad weather arrivies he cals for the helicopter and puts the boat on selfsteering, then when the bad weather is gone the sailor let the helicopter put him back onboard and takes over the sailing from the automatic systems.