Yep. La Vagabonde got washed onto a sand bank and she wasn’t moving. It probably would have helped if the channel marker hadn’t been washed away in a storm. With the wind and waves pushing us closer and closer to the rocks and shore, we were going to need some serious help to pull us out.. and fast! All the adrenaline and stress lead to an accident onboard. Looks like it’ll be another trip to the doctors.
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You guys are awesome to watch. I know how Riley feels I’m always cutting or bruising myself while sailing. That may be because I sail alone and have to be fast on my feet to get everything done. Elanya I also have been having trouble sleeping on my boat but nothing helps….don’t worry about running aground..We all do it at least one time….wish I could sail with you when you make it to the United States.
In my short 63 years of life i’ve spent about a 3rd of it in the ocean ,lakes and rivers here in the US. Every waterway has got to be approched in a different way. if the tide is coming in you can set anchor to stop you from washing any further onto the sandbar.this has worked for me on a couple of occasions. the rising tide will lift you out of your prediciment,sometimes the current is to strong and your just f##d . Anyway good luck next time , as it will happen !
wow, looks like riles tore his leg up good, hope it heals ok. good thing you ran aground in nice weather & on a sand bank instead of on the rocks in a storm.
Riley, just turn on the anchor light, “heave to” and then sleep until you aren’t tired. Being one who values my sleep, I sympathize with you. But, I wouldn’t sleep more than 15-30 minutes at a time on the open sea (depending on the traffic), and none at all if I’m near a reef.
For those who may not know, “heaving to the wind” means you tack the bow through the wind and you don’t release the windward sheet, backing the headsail. Once the headsail is backed, you crank the wheel back toward the wind and lock it in place. The headsail and mainsail work against each other, keeping you broadside to the wind. This means you drift VERY slowly downwind (the boat doesn’t like to go sideways through the water)–at about half a knot. If you are 20 miles to a leeward danger, you could theoretically take a 40 hour break when hove to. I’ve done this a lot on monohulls. I think it should work with a cat, too. You might have to play with the sails a bit, to balance so you stay broadside to the wind. Easing the mainsheet, or reefing the main, for example. Also might need to reef the main and headsails if the wind is strong.
Hey there, You guys keep living my dream and it’s feel great to support you.
Riley, You’ve asked for falling a sleep stories, so here is mine.
It’s from my days as a patrol ship captain in the Israeli Navy. I was sick that night and was doing my shift on the bridge watching the radar and navigating the patrol. Was totally exhausted and fell asleep unintentionally. Woke up by the crew asking me if we are not too close ashore. I looked at the radar and we were like 100 m from Gaza coastline, almost at the surf. I have no idea how we had not run aground. pure luck! If I would wake up few seconds later it could be a very big mess.
Since than, I was freaking out of people not resting well and feeling in shape when on shifts.
Hi Riley & Elayna, I single hand so sleep is always a problem. As you say it is one of those subjects that everyone has an opinion on but you just have to do what you are comfortable with. On long passages I tend to wake up every hour and have a quick check. Anything less than this and I get too tired. I think you could do this for about 5/6 weeks before you go mad as you get no deep sleep. I have definitely done it for two weeks and still felt fine.
( but I may have gone mad already just nobody is telling me!) The rules state that you should always maintain a watch so this is still illegal but how else would singlehanders sail? I know some guys that just go to sleep for 8 hours and have the attitude if they are run down they will die happy!! Don’t think I could be quite comfortable with that.
Have watched all of your episodes and find them refreshingly honest. I am in between boats at the moment but have just found one that I like in Antigua of all places. Flying out from the UK in a couple of weeks to look at her. So you never know we may meet up in the New Year as I would be coming through the Bahamas on the way back to the UK if I buy her.
Keep up the good work! Love you guys,
Always great stories from you guys. fair winds
Hi, That was a wonderful video. Very informative and interesting. Thank you very much. Be safe.
As an aged but qualified Yachtmaster and having spent my life as a professional seaman, I got a bit cross at some of the comments here like “doing what you are comfortable with” (as regards keeping a lookout whilst at sea) as this would seem to show a complete disregard for the safety of other seagoers. If you drown yourself, that’s your choice but if you drown others, that’s something else.
You may have told us at some stage what Watch System you and Elayner use, but if you have, I missed it; so don’t really understand, when you told us that you slept through two Alarms, quite what happened. Were you both asleep at the time? Or does Elayner, for some reason, not stand a night Watch? With two people on board, I confess that I see no reason whatever for not keeping a good lookout at all times, for the safety of others as well as yourselves. I’m sorry of thus sounds truly po-faced, utterly square and wholly uncool, but there we are.
Sailing shorthanded will for sure test your metal…Especially under the conditions you find yourselves in…
Had it not been a time of reindevous, with your pop and getting Stephan (a Great shipmate) off to make his flight…. you easily could have rested up and delayed your trip… Remember the human element is usually the weakest link on board.
But you did GREAT… the other think is catch as many cat naps as possible…
some supplies you need… for deep cuts get some powdered sucher… developed in the Vietnam days, used in combat, when no medic was available, to cortorize deep wounds without stitches… also 1500mg of Vitamin E to help you heal… squeeze it open on the wound eat the rest.
for sleep El… get some saffron… couple of strands in 1/2 glass of warm milk…you’ll sleep like a baby… :-).
also have Riles give you both a neck and feet massage… 🙂
the pics and dialogue as usual… AMAZING ….you all are the best… when is the baby due…
have you all decided on a country yet?…
The changing of the ground terrain is why all the big waves… getting to learn how to read waves and their direction all takes time…
Fried bananas Hmmmmm the BEST… its the seemingly little things that make the journey worthwhile…
Cheers SELAH n mark and our new Great Dane pup 🙂
Riley, might I build on what Selah and Mark wrote here in their first paragraph and say that strict rendezvous or arrival times should be avoided whenever possible. They make you set sail when you should be resting up in preparation for a voyage, they make you sail on hard, when you should be reefing down – and they add to mental pressure. ‘Pacing oneself’ is an important matter in command of a vessel; getting “really fatigued” puts both your crew and others at risk. (Sorry, another po-faced comment!)
Thank you – another great video!
Elayna, you look so relaxed sitting in front of the camera during your quiet chat.
And Riley, Troyer is right: secure them thar hatches! Seriously mate, please take better care of yourself – look at it this way: if you’re out of action you can’t look after Elay.
Cheers and safe sailing,
Turn the alarm volumes up!
Hey Great video. Riley take care of your leg mate!! Elayna , you take care also. Water was SO clear and blue! Keep living my dream!! Dr Steve