The force of the wind had diminished, but it was still over 20 knots with cresting waves. We couldn’t use a kayak or the RHIB to pace me, so we decided to wait few more hours before making a decision. In the afternoon we decided to use the sailboat to pace me and we started by setting up the fiberglass spinnaker pole to attach my streamline to it.
It is not an easy task to accomplish with waves slamming and the boat constantly rolling. The pole got finally secured to the mast and started to swing over the starboard side. Then suddenly its base broke, it came loose from the mast and fell right on the deck missing Yoav’s head just by inches.
The pole was brought back on deck and secured and we had to find another solution to tow my streamline. A few days ago during a trial, we had it attached to the bow and I swam behind Seeker. It wasn’t ideal, there is a lot of turbulence behind the boat.
By the time we figured out a solution, we had drifted too far and needed to sail back to the starting point. We had to fight the strong current, the waves and wind weren’t favorable either which took us too long and didn’t leave us enough time to put our plan into action before the sunset.