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Kiwi Spirit Disabled - for now

December 9, 2018

In the predawn hour the Code Zero headsail furling failed and the sail in fresh winds unwound. The furling gear on the drum then parted and so I had no choice but to dump the sail in the ocean while keeping it attached. Four hours later I had it on board - mostly. A good piece was snagged on the propeller and would not yield so i dumped the whole sail back in the water again hoping it might float free of the propeller. No luck.

 

By 2:00pm I was exhausted from the eight hours of labor.

Now I am drifting with the sail acting as a drogue. Tomorrow I shall climb down the rear ladder and tear a lot then plot what to do next. in the meantime the Yellow Brick will show me pretty well static, i.e. adrift.

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