June 19, 2010
After dawn broke we continued sailing along down the track in light to moderate breeze. The Code 0 we’d been stuck with all night had been the right sail so there hadn’t been any damage done to our racing but now it was time to change to the light #1 and we needed to deal with our Code 0 being tied off at the top off the mast. We sent Kit back up the mast where he tied off and put his halyard on the Code 0. We hoisted the #1 jib and prepared to take down the Code 0. Jay shinnied out to the end of the bow sprit and spike away the tack of the Code 0 while Billy and Dave dropped down the companionway. With the Code 0 finally on deck, the new jib drawing nicely, we sent the halyard back up for Kit, who had a smooth ride back down to the deck. We’d survived the whole incident without a scratch, thanks to good seamanship and a bit of luck with very cooperative weather.
Breakfast saw the first round of freeze dried food delivered on deck: some dee-licious scrambled eggs with bacon bits. The Starbucks instant coffee came around and all in all it was quite edible.
The weather continued to cooperate as we hit the shifts to continue our path down to our target entry point on the North wall of the Gulf Stream. With the wind still light and the seas calm, we sent Kit up one last time to re-run the locking halyard. Mousing a new halyard down the inside of the mast can be a hit or miss affair, but in this case, luck was again on our side and the new halyard was run the first try. Someone must have done a good job making the proper offering to King Neptune as he and the weather gods have been smiling on us since we left Newport.