I’m beginning to believe in the Bermuda Triangle.
This morning David woke me up just as the sun was rising. Our electronics were on the fritz. It started with our true wind speed going blank, and ended with our rudder indicator, apparent wind angle, apparent wind speed, depth sounder, and auto pilot not working. None of those was enough to make us turn around (yet) but we were definitely concerned about the autopilot.
I hand steered while David made phone calls and did some research. Since it was still early in the states we didn’t get a hold of anyone right away, so our next choice was to hail the large sailing yacht a few miles away from us. Well, they were taking on water, so they had their own problems to deal with. Bermuda triangle, right?
For the record we hailed them as they were disappearing from our view and they said they didn’t need any assistance.
Eventually David got our autopilot up and running. Something is wrong with our Airmar transducer that was screwing the whole system up. So we are thankful to be up and running again. Our plan if we couldn’t get it running was to keep going but put our sea anchor to good use for us to take breaks from hand steering. I’m glad it didn’t come to that!
We are anxiously awaiting the BVIs…