FOLLOWING JEROME – As the smallest boat in the fleet in this years single-handed transpac, being small sometimes has an advantage…like going up a mast.
Jerome had a rough night last night with very little wind. He ended up taking the main down and just sailing with the jib. This morning he realized the mast head spinnaker had gotten lost up the mast.
With the boat on autopilot and only the jib up to keep the boat balanced and sailing slowly in 10 knots of breeze Jerome had to climb the mast to retrieve the halyard… a risky maneuver on any boat at sea but even more dangerous when you’re on your own…
Jerome successfully retrieved the halyard without any problems. He’s now back on track with spinnaker up! He took the video camera up the mast so we should have some exciting footage to share once the race is complete! To follow his progress go to Open Sailing USA