Amazingly, this morning I devised an emergency fan belt for the fresh
water pump. As of this writing it has held for almost 2 hours! We are
motoring slowly to avoid stressing the jury rigged belt, but our spirits
are high as the sun is shining and the air is warm! We are watching the
water temperature very carefully and stopping the engine every hour to
check for belt wear or damage. So far so good. We have about 32 hours to
go to get to Cabo San Lucas.
At 12:45pm we are now only 152nm from Cabo (actually to Cabo Falso about
10 miles before the harbor) and the crew is relaxing in the baking
sunshine. The seas are calm, but there is a 8-10k breeze blowing from
our stern which is holding out our genoa giving us an extra push.
Running the engine at 1500rpm we manage 6.5k over ground (as measured by
the gps). If the wind builds we may be able to hit 7 or better. Without
the engine we would never make this course as it is to far downwind.
By 2pm the wind has filled in to 15-20k and we have shut down the engine
and are sailing downwind with genoa alone making 6.5k over ground on a
heading of 67m.
At 5pm with the wind diminished we are again motoring at 5.5k on a
heading of 105m running at 1500rpm. So far our fan belt is holding fine!