Now that No Way Back is on compass mode auto pilot things are going better. But is everything OK? No, far from that. When in comppass mode it is essential to have good wind information, especially at night. The following 2 pictures are taken a few seconds from each other and show what nonsense the windinstruments tell the skipper.
I reality TWD should be about 65*, TWA about 70-85*, AWA maybe 40* and TWS between 18 and 23 kn.
Having had to sail now for weeks without windinfo is having it’s effects on Pieter who is getting tired close to exhaustion as he can hardly go to sleep, often making non-stop watches of 48 hours when conditions are not stable. It explains why after gaining, since Cape Horn, 300nm on the boats ahead NWB then looses again 70 nm in one or two nights.
Apart from non – working windinstruments, both electronic compasses are not functioning, the boatspeed is not functioning and the B&G GPS is not functioning.
Thanks to “great instruments” and “great installation”.
Thank God there is as back up a good ,solid and reliable Furuno GPS
providing COG and SOG as the only info available to the skipper.It is
still a long way to les Sables………