Ryan Breymaier: Drench rate

Ryan Breymaier: Drench rate

Tuesday January 8 2013 Author: Ryan Breymaier Maserati Location: none selected

At night I feel like if I could get the boat to plane a little higher, I could fly right through the Southern Cross.

This is what was going through my head last night at the helm of Maserati, working every wave I could to keep the apparent forward and the boat flying on its own apparent.

We were very fortunate to have a nice moon lighting our way, allowing us to take advantage of the stronger night time tradewinds and really get down the course.

We are now 750 miles from the equator, with boat speeds hovering near the 20 knot mark and frequently pushing up to 25.

If only we could get the greenskeepers in to clean up the pitch, littered as it is with big mounds of water that just slow us down and try to drown us.

Seb Audigane, our resident Frenchie says “on prendre 50 douches par heure” we take 50 showers an hour. I think he is miscalculating a bit as it happens at least three times per minute. Someone told me once that a typical VOR cockpit can hold about 13000 liters of water. Yep, that sounds about right. If we could just collect it, take the salt out and deliver it to Africa, the Sahara would be as green as Brittany…..

We have one more day and 2 nights of these nice tradewinds before the slow decline in breeze which marks the doldrums. Fortunately, the outlook is that we should face very little (if any) time with no wind at all. In any case, it will be a welcome respite from the firehosing, and a second chance to get dried out and cleaned up.

All the water in the world outside cannot help the stink of 9 guys in foulies in the hot sun that lingers inside.

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