I have been back two weeks now and working towards getting mrs Opela back in order again because when I got back the fact that i had left her alone for such a long time made her decide to take revenge
Bev on Dandelion had been looking after her for me by airing her out once a week and checking the bilges as well and running the engine once or twice for me and for that I am truly thankful but my lady is a very jealous lady and she wasnt happy to be left standing so when I got on board I was expecting to find mould and black algae and a host of other things lurking in corners not often looked at.
My first big one was that the new stay wires i had had installed in Le Marin in Martinique a year and a half ago were worn such that one fell on the deck because the hook swaged to the end simply snapped and on further inspection i found the others were all cracked as well which means I cannot sail her.
I phoned the suppliers and they were struggling to remember my boat but soon r
Start of Day 14
Position: 40° 39.8787' N 071° 09.1321' W
Boat: All good with the boat and we are sailing slowly
Last night we had almost no winds so its very slow and it could mean we only arrive very late in the night tonight.
People: we are both fine
Speed: 2 to 3 KTS
Wind: 4 kts Easterly
Distance 74 miles sailed yesterday
Course: true , to Newport Rode island
Conditions: ok sailing conditions for very light winds
24-hour mileage: 74 miles with around 50 miles still to go to Newport with an estimate of 1806 miles sailed of the 1856 total miles
It was very slow last night but we had to be vigilant because we are near New York and there is a lot of shipping traffic to look out for and then at 5 am the fog set in and you could see nothing but you could hear the ships horns blowing all around.
And amongst that there were sports fishing boats racing around at over twenty knots with visibility down to less than half a mile and at times John said h