Thursday, October 30, 2008

Change in Course - equipment failure in the South Atlantic

Issuma took off from the Canaries a few weeks back with two replacement roller furling devices on back order for delivery to Capetown, SA.  A roller furler?   (Think of the spindle on a yo-yo, turn it horizontal, extending the spindle so that it is a 40' axle around which the  sail is wrapped. )   Now two of the units have failed.  So the next port will be someplace in South America for repairs.  They are following a familiar path: go west, curve around under the "south atlantic high pressure" zone.   You'll get more details here.