Getting close to Africa’s western coast, aside from not being a logical choice as in typical seasonal weather should mean finding headwinds and opposing currents, not to mention the not entirely unlikely chance of pirate attacks. However, if weather systems are displaced from their normal position the fastest route may take skippers further inshore.
Even though pirates are known to mainly target cargo ships, attacks on yachts are not unheard of.
My new Propeller has arrived from Bruntons in the UK.
Frank was last out of the water in 2017, so way overdue for being hauled and cleaned up.
We motored (no sails – they are being repaired by Matt Sebring at Coastal Bend Yacht Services).
Some pics here. I was gobsmacked at the good condition that I found her undersides to be in.
Tasks – replace the propellor, replace the zincs, replace the sea cocks (especially the heads one), rub down and re-do the bottom, relocate the a/c, service the winches, drop the mast, etc etc.
Lots to do! I started with removing the prop.
How to switch to polyphasic mode
During your first solo races, the switch from monophasic to polyphasic sleep can be very hard. It can take up to 3-4 day of adaptation, this effectively means that for shorter races you never even get to see the benefits. During longer races on the other hand, after the third or fourth day we will notice that our body has adapted. We no longer feel the same impulse for sleep as direct correlation with day and night.
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Working on the teak – should have let sleeping dogs lie…
And last weekend (Nov 20/21 2021) I cleaned Frank’s topsides. I was going to varnish the rails but ran out of time. Oh – some new logo’d polos too!