Overnight adventure aboard Integrity!

One thing I think that can be said about sailing, or even boating in general, is that no matter how much you prepare, it's inevitable that something will go awry, especially when there's weather.  And that's just exactly what happened last night about the same time as I was posting my last log entry.  I got a text from Brad at 2233 that their topping lift had parted from the spinnaker pole, the pole had slammed into the head stay, and the spinnaker had blown up and was shredded with a mess at the top of the mast in the 27 knots they had at that time.  Apparently they were getting ready to douse the 1 oz spinnaker for the 2.2 oz.  The culprit supposedly was a knot that failed.   

Brad unfortunately sliced his thumb up a bit when he cut the spin tape because it had fallen into the water and was in peril of being wrapped around the rudder.  That seems to be the only bodily damage reported.  I'm sure the crew is beat though after sending three different members up the mast in dark and windy conditions to get the remnants of the spinnaker off the top and re-rig whatever they could.  They sailed with the main and a staysail in the meantime but eventually got it all sorted out and got a #1 jib up and sailed through the night.

And this is probably why we put up with sail failures, rig mishaps, bad marlinspike technique, crew issues, whatever, because the sun never fails to rise over the water in the most beautiful way. 

Clearly things are not bad!  Brad giving a "thumbs up" with the good thumb after passing through the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel and headed out to make the turn to port at the Chesapeake Light Tower.  

Frustratingly, all the air went with Andrea and now many boats are pretty much floating around hoping for a breath.  With light conditions like these, what might you want to use? 

Yup, a (as I term it) jinkety-janked pole to fly another spinnaker, sort of... 

Leave it to the skipper, Mario, to take on the task of working the spin sheet.