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Reid Stowe returned to Terra Firma on Thur June 17 2010 - 1152 days at sea

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Day 22 New Bowsprit
Sunday, 13 May 2007

Reid and Soanya stand over the bowsprit now bolted back on to the bow of the schooner. There could have been any number of problems that would have made this impossible, like steel bent the wrong way or tools and supplies that didn't hold out to finish the job. Now that the bowsprit is bolted back on, it points to where we intend to go and our spirits are lifted together as we trust our new "stubby buddy" to lead us over horizon after horizon.


I would like to say that when we are finished, it will be stronger than it was, obviously because it is so much shorter. All the cables are not yet connected, two bobstays (stays are support cables and are named for their position) holding it down, two whiskerstays holding each side and the two headstays which hold the whole rig forward and allow the jib and staysail to go up and down. There will be several more days of tough rigging work and peripheral jobs and then we will have everything solid and the schooner seaworthy again. I'll have to handle the jib from the bowsprit by hand in the old fashion way without the protection of the bowpulpit, but I'm ready to keep doing what has to be done because I'm so happy and grateful that we even have a bowsprit. We were so close to not having the ability to go on. We do our best to make every move carefully and with the energy required to live at sea.

Day 21 Repairing Bowsprit
Sunday, 13 May 2007
We have rigged the main gaff as a crane. It was supported by three halyards (ropes) from the foremast top and steadied by two side ropes. We lifted our bent 20ft steep bowsprit into the air and placed it on deck. We were luck we had calm weather. Otherwise we wouldn't have been able to attempt the job. The sea was deceptive in the photo because we were rolling in gentle swells and that made the job a lot more difficult. It took us the better part of the day to get it secure on deck and we used at least twenty ropes to control it's various movements


Here we cut the bent part of the bowsprit off and bury it in the ocean. The part that was left was used to make a new bowsprit.


Day 20 First Fish
Friday, 11 May 2007

May 11, 2007

Wind SSW 5 knots, Speed 1.6 knots, Position 35°.50, 53°.23, Temp. 71° F

Two days ago, we caught our first fish. We're not sure exactly what kind of fish it is, but we know it was a baby because it didn't bite the line. It accidentally got hooked as it was playing near the fishing lines. We decided that we would use it as bait to catch a really big fish, but our new bait was another fish's dinner.

We're still just drifting and the weather has been extremely kind to us with four days of very calm wind and waves. It has allowed the repairs on the bow to progress nicely, though we are still a week away from getting the boat in sailing order again. The bowsprit has to be reattached, the four headstays readjusted, then the staysail put back into place, and the main gaff (long wood that pulls the back of the sail up) that was moved to act as a pulley reinstalled to its original function.


The Longnose Lancetfish (Alepisaurus borealis) was identified by Mike Guerin Longnose Lancetfish pictures he is The Louisiana Sportsman Field Reporter. More information on the fish.and even more information on the fish.

Day 17 Working on it
Thursday, 10 May 2007

May 8, 2007 - Day 17
Wind ENE 15 Knots, Course SSE, 35.52, 52.43, Speed 2 Knots

Today the wind has lightened up and the sun has come out. The seas are settling and it's a beautiful day. There is still a lingering feeling of "What is it that's making me feel uncomfortable?" Oh. The collision. The fact that the ocean seems limitless and yet two captains can look the other way and collide is disturbing. Yet we sail on anyway and love keeps surfacing. 


Bernard Moitessier, the first man to sail around the world without stopping and my life long hero of enlightened long distance sailing had a collision with a freighter that bent his bowsprit back just like ours. In his book, "The Long Way," he has a drawing that resembles out photo of the damaged bowsprit. He managed to use levers, blocks, and tackles to bend it back into place, but his had much smaller steel. He readjusted the cable lengths with cable clamps. That was how I got the idea to use cable clamps to fix the length of my rigging. My other hero, Jon Sanders, who is still alive and holds the records for the two longest sea voyages, also had a collision at sea. Both of them were closer to land when it happened.

I have often said other ships at sea make me uncomfortable and are more dangerous than anything else. I've tried to stay away from land and shipping lanes to avoid other ships as much as possible. From the beginning of my sailing experiences I have heard sailors around the world say that these ships on the high sea are on autopilot and don't always keep a forward looking watch. Then again these ships have probably made more rescues than collisions. If I'm ever on a near collision course, I always change direction. Sometimes in storm conditions, it is difficult to change course because of the way the sails are set. In a storm, we are blown like a bottle across the water.

Now, we sail slowly where we want to go with our bowsprit bent erect in the air. Our two headstays (cables that support the masts) are secure but not tightened yet. I'm gathering the tools and planning the job of getting the bowsprit back on deck, sawing it off and using the longest piece for a new short bowsprit. I think I can do it and I really don't mind the hard work. I've done plenty of that already so I'm toughened up and in practice.
I really want to get the schooner back into proper sailing order so we can again feel comfortable about sailing anywhere and riding out any storm that comes. I know we can do it.

Day 16 Collision at Sea Repairs
Sunday, 06 May 2007

Reid and Soanya are taking steady action to repair and minimize the impact on the Anne's performance.

Day 15 Collision at Sea
Sunday, 06 May 2007
Last night we had a collision with a freighter vessel. No one was hurt and the boat is fine except the bowsprit is bent and now useless and we don't have a roller-furling unit or jib sheet. We are engaged in emergency repairs and more will follow soon. Image
Day 12 Patching the Sails
Thursday, 03 May 2007

May 2, 2007 - Day 12
Wind WSW 20-40 knots, Course 120, 37°.11, 59°.05, Speed 4-9.5 knots, Temp. 73°F

The day began calm with a nice sunny breeze. Reid decided to work on patching the sail that he accidentally tore while putting a reef (tying the sail shorter) in during one of the previous storms.


Day 10 May day :-)
Tuesday, 01 May 2007
May 1, 2007 May Day
Enjoying the View
Here I am leaning out of the main hatch, the slowly calming morning after a lightening storm. I'm still not confident enough to walk with ease on a rolling deck, so I enjoy the big sparkling waves and fresh ocean breeze from the safety of the hatch. Last night was a partly clear night sky with a stiff invisible wind and lightening flashing everywhere, but not really near the boat. It seems these storms are never-ending, but we can't complain. We are still headed in the general direction of where we want to go for the next few weeks, which is east or south east, and the high winds have not damaged any part of the boat or required us to go into the weather while it's blowing. The wind is the noisiest part of the ocean and when it dies down as it did early last evening, the ensuing quiet touched by the soft gurgle of water on water is a balm to the spirit. Even in the quietest times in the city, I would still be tuning sounds out. Here, there is no need to tune anything out. All the sounds are part of one big song.

Day 8,9 3rd storm confirmed
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

April 30, 2007 - Day 8,9


Stormy Weather
As most people have heard, photos of waves don't really show how large, steep, or fast they are moving or what happens when they crash on the boat, toss her about, find their way through new places, and keep coming for days on end.

Day 7 Storm?
Tuesday, 01 May 2007

[Mission Control] We think a storm is delaying communiations from R+S too during the weekend.  The Metocean position reports show SchooneAnne moving at high speed east.


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