arly this morning our water maker pump broke. No problem, we
carry a spare. The spare did not work. Big problem. What are we
going to do. No water anywhere on board. The emergency, hand-held water maker makes 1 cup of water per hour. A lot of work for very little water. Would we have to pull into Halifax and take a big loss on this leg or would we go for it and hope to
catch some rain water? Did I want to risk everyone’s lives or was it time to realize that this is just a sport.
We starting rationing the water we made and taking turns on the
hand held water makers. We made four liters in six hours . . . better than we thought. We made a tap in our mainsail foot to catch the
water in the event it would rain. Stevie told me that he brought
a lot fewer power-bars this time to save weight. That means, our
only source of food is freeze dried, needing water. Bad luck.
As I stressed and started making the schedule for pumping the
water makers, Magnus and Klebbe kept trying to get one of the
pumps to work. Klebbe was thoroughly baffled because he said he
had the pressure running in Auckland. After dismounting and
remounting the pump 5 times, they took it apart and rebuilt it and
in so doing found a small amount of rust or corrosion. They
cleaned her up and remounted it. When it worked, you have never
seen a happier group of people.
So, we are making water right now, have been for about 35 minutes,
and so far so good. I think we will all be a little more tense
each time that thing starts up.
Back out on the race track, we have been covering our friends in
Swedish Match like a hawk. We believe that the proper route was
the one Merit and Kvaerner are on, more southerly than ours. This
should get them into the Gulf Stream first and, in my opinion, they
are not paying much in the way of speed for that future benefit.
But since all is not certain, we will stay right with Match, for
better or worse, in the leg standings. It is frustrating to watch
the whole fleet sail off to the south, but I know we are doing the
right thing for the overall standings.
A new sched just arrived and we are first, with Swedish second.
Merit and Kvaerner are last, 10 miles behind, but they are
investing in a future payoff. It is too early to tell what the
outcome of this will be, but one thing is for sure, we will be
right next to Swedish Match.