Hand Steering to the Southern Cross! Sailing Vessel Delos Ep. 165
It's. Such a perfect day for EM, steering. It's so cool you have a pop your head about. This hatch and. All. You have a, big. Ocean ahead, of you and, you can be transported. To any, time it. Could be the 1800s, it could be the 70s, it. Could be anything and. Nothing. Has changed out here that's the hell is gonna be. This. Big blue, vast. Ocean. See. My. My. Sauce. One shot several. Days. Previously. On Delos by. Internet everything, is scheduled, as much as it can be we've sent our last messages, since, and said given, we. Spend our last days on Ascension Island under the water and Brian, and I get sucked into an underwater cave while diving. Time, to go. Feeling, excited oh yeah, yeah. Nervous. Every time you're going out to see is like, even. Though this this ocean, is quite calm you never know what can happen. We're, very far from any. Help in the South Atlantic, there's. Always that thought but does, a strong boat we're good. Good. To go what do you think you've already. I think we'll be okay. What, are you most excited for in, Brazil. Good. Question. I'm excited, for the dancing. Culture. For, a long time who always thought kind of even familiar and, even remove into reunion, and Mauritius last year it was kind of smaller islands, quite, easy and. I think this is just gonna be like. Maxwell. I'm really excited for a great. Venture of, everyone because it's like a place I've never been. To before in my life and. To, celebrate my birthday. I'm finna tell you what kind of what. Their local dishes are. Speciality. Brazilian, barbecue I, love Lisa Brazilian, state health department yeah, yeah. Well, I get stupid problem. Experiences. Nothing about I don't. Know what happens in Brazil I know this before cheese that's about it sick. Kids take, kind. Of the food's gonna be really good. Maybe. Some amazing, people. We. Come across someone they, can hook it up and show us some good spots and. We. Go and. So it was time to embark on the last leg, of our Atlantic crossing, it felt. A little bittersweet to have so much of the journey behind us and to be honest ascension. Was a pretty hard place to leave, I think. The island touched us all in a bit of a different way from, experiencing. Those first breaths underwater, falling. In love in the middle of the ocean or just, being completely, overwhelmed by the healthy ecosystems. That exists are on this tiny little rock it. Felt like ascension, had a big question mark looming, in its future as nobody. Knew when the airport would reopen what. Type of businesses, would want a stake and what, conservation, laws would or wouldn't be passed to protect this incredible, area but. I made peace with leaving, knowing that I'd be back again one day and turning. My attention forward. Because. We had one hell, of a journey ahead of us a. 2,300. Nautical mile sail would land us south of Rio on the biggest island in Brazil ela, Bella which, literally means beautiful. Island so. Off we went with nothing but the wind. Okay. I, think, we'll stay off the mooring it's. All good, okay. We're, gonna take off this hard line. Yeah. Bird Island. Oh. Wellis, perks, against Erie we miss the Dolphins but you also miss the birds just. Think about this it's like everyone's, like oh those. In there like. And then you guys are thinking like 60 seconds adult prints and it was, you. Know she. Will. Scrub down we. Gotta get all the bird, off. Everything. Thousand. Urges. Everything you touch, then, you're tracking it in into. The boat. So. From. Ascension. It, feels really nice it feels so, weird in a way to have such a long passage. In, front, of us now but, I don't, know I still feel like I haven't really sunk, in yes yes, but. I'm super excited, and I think the crew is really you, know everybody's. Looking. Forward to. Kind of a long passage and, the challenges, that are ahead and, also getting into Brazil so it feels really good but. Hand. Steering is, definitely, gonna be a little bit different yep you heard that right we're. About to hand steer for over 2,000, nautical miles or what would end up being almost 400. Hours straight but, it wasn't that captain Brian was cracking down on this it, just so happened that our autopilot was acting up right before we took off if. We, can't fix that then. No. Auto plan, I think it's the rudder position, indicator. Is. Not working so when you turn the wheel up there a lot, auto pilot there's a little gate it shows.
You If the rudders took, the order starboard, and that's not moving at all so. The autopilot has no idea if the rudder is turning, or not and, this is the sensory. And. I've checked the wires they're, all hooked up no. Wires broken, on either end the. Sensor is moving freely. So. I don't really know what. Why. That might be on the news. So. The song, sure doesn't look corroded, or anything and, there's. Nothing obvious wrong, so. I need to do some research to do some measurements, but I don't have the information, to do it right now so I always. Have to go with it, maybe. I'll take this something on the way we'll. Just hand steer for nothing. But. I think everybody's up for it and I think it's just gonna take. A little bit of adapting, to and you kind of look to the wheel while you're out there and you, can't really you know sit and do whatever you have to like pay attention to, where, you're steering and the wind and things, a lot more which. I think is a positive, thing so, I'm supposed to say how I feel, I. Feel. A, bit bittersweet I feel, excited that we left, Ascension, and we're on our way to Brazil. I'm. Really excited for the sail that we have ahead of us because the. Conditions, are perfect like, the wind is gonna be right on the beam. Not. Too crazy. And, not too light as well so if we won't have crazy, roles like we do and they're going down then. But. Also at the same time ascension. Was so so amazing the. Diving was unbelievable. And raw and, the. Fact that there was all this talk of sharks, I think added to the. Whole aspect, of why it was so much fun and so excited, for diving the vibe now and, the feeling now is just chill. The sun is shining, we're. Sailing, along good the sails are trimmed. We're. On course for Brazil, and I'm hungry. And. I know that alex is making some good Sammis today. How. Was your first hand, steering. The. Passage. It. Was more like a. Food. Steering. Push. I. Think, I've never touched a little with my hands, nice, no. It was really nice Alex. That. Around. One and a half hours of hands, do it do not watch because she has never done considering before so she wanted to try it in daylight, and. I. Introduced. Her how. To do it that was pretty nice so I just sat around and. Giving. The healthy comments, nice. So.
Yeah Now, it's really gel it's really in pretty easy, we're. Making. The perfect course, with, the perfect, women so. And. She's pretty stable, yeah that's, pretty stable around, 120. You can go, and we're on our of course, 250. Towards. Brazil, so, it's it's really perfect, so. Plato's. Some. Chopped chicken some. Carrots some white, rice on deck. Are you cooking curry. Yeah. Lean chicken curry. Delicious. Should, be pretty good I like. Bonding. Up there if you want to make them all eat them. It's. An epic, sunset, and it's just sort of set awesome. I. Just. Came off my watch. And. It was the first walk, from hand steering, it's. Pretty good. Completely. Different the hand steer them to, finally. Sit around and do whatever you. Pay a lot more attention and. You're. Way more. Connected. With the boat, feeling, what's going on. Just. Engaged. But. I really liked it it was cool I definitely, prefer doing it this way because I don't. Know when we're doing that autopilot I mean it's nice you can look. At the Stars and you can read and whatever. But I. Don't. Know it kind of feels like cheating a little bit and this way it's, like we're earning it a bit more so. I'm happy that we're doing it in this way I think the autopilot broke at the perfect time, do. You see out there, beautiful. Stars. It's. Really cool, you. Have this Southern Cross like really. Bright so, you can line it up to like just. Be behind one of this days and. That's our like zap course. So. As long as we keep that star pattern like in the same spot. Perfect. Course it's really cool, it's. Really cool to just steer, directly. By the stars it. Feels I don't know so, much has changed since the ship's used to do that and if. To be able to do it now, of. Course we're doing this all for pleasure and they were like slave. Ships and a lot of terrible things going on but in. Essence we're steering, by the same stars you know. Of sizes. That I, loved ones there. I what. Would you do it any other way. Why. Enough would just take down - either. Way. I drew up I can see the really nice. You. Can hear that. Who the. Hell. Was in there again this is. Pretty, intense. The second. Sentence really. Nothing. I thought might recorded hey. Time. To concentrate. I guess. I the squirrel, bitches. And, then. It's. A really, beautiful, sunrise. Today, and. It's. A little bit tricky to steer. I got. Can't just. Make. Myself a cup of tea or. Go. And grab myself some water because, I actually ran out of water like an hour ago I, mean, it's just two hours so it's not like that bad it's just, taking. Some getting used to for sure. The, money I, woke. Up this morning was thinking. How. Crazy it is that I'm here and. I could. Have seen. Six months ago, starting. My day like that. Than like well. It's. Been, 100. Days now over, 100. It's. Crazy to think about everything that's happened in that time. I'm. Learning so. Much, so. So much, that's. Good a lot taken. Short. Amount of time but, it. Feels really good, feels. Like I'm exactly. Where I'm supposed to be. Another. Beautiful. Beautiful. Day of sailing and the conditions, are really being nice to us, got.
Like 15. To 20 right on the beam. But. It's. Good. No. Complaints here even. The hand steering has been real nice I think just. Getting more in touch with the. Motion of the boat and really. Focusing. On trimming the sails. So. That there's no force on the rudder and I. Think everybody seems to be doing pretty well with it so far, how. About you. Good. Nice. To, lay around it I. Don't. Know when you're sailing you're, always moving. You're accomplishing, a goal even when your leg feels. Like. Telling. Yourself. What. You, thought of the day ride how does my thought of the day is a, split, pea soup oh. Is that what you're making for dinner that's what. I'm making for dinner my. Thought of the day is. A. White. Sand, beach with, a fresh coconut in, my hand. I'm. There palm, tree. It's. Early on the trip that's still quite normal thoughts give me a couple more days yeah. Well. You got that right, homemade. Split, pea soup, ooh. Looky. Soup for days oh. My. Gosh. Sounds. Really, let's please no, never. I'm. Not a big fan of peace there, is it up I'll, have that to the list here. The. Weirdest person up ever know the food is, not, a big fan of peas. Peas. You, know, what. Else, bananas. All right I just. Peanut. Buckles carrots. Tomatoes. Just leave it guys, I love tomatoes and, I love rice you're just making stuff up now Brian you didn't, say, like five things there's like a, 50%. Chance. Any. Of them this is how Bryan's, brain works, he just makes a list and he knows he's correct. It's. Not the waves. Itself, for, me I think it's really just, the the night action, with staring. At the, instruments. And, because, during, my last night which there were no stars out so I had to look at the instruments, and I think that made, my brain a little bit nauseous. This. Is not. Very well I wasn't like that and they're. Calling, me and. Yeah. Blesser, she's, she's. Not very well. Seasickness, sucks. But. Here now Bamian. Everybody's. Happy. She. Doin. And so do my steps. Yesterday, I got 10,000, but today for me sleep. 2,500. Sometimes. It's a trip to think about all the friendships, that have been formed aboard Dulles there's. Definitely a special bond that develops when, you sail together and there's, nothing, and no one else to keep you entertained besides, each other, but. I guess it's really more than just a friendship it's, learning from each other depending, on each other, failing. Succeeding. Working, traveling and living, together as one. Team one, family, one, career. It's. Another. Fantastic. Night of sailing, we've got like a constant. 15. Knots keeping. It right on the beam there's. The constant, speed. Pretty. Good. And look at the constant, winds just. Sitting right there 15. Knots, or. Just after the beam which is really comfortable. Everything's. Just constant, good Moon's, out making. Good speed we've, already gone about 300, miles that's. Cool and. Yeah. All. Is. Well. Good. Morning how. Are you okay, nothing's, going on nothing. No, boats win. This Constance, Oh. Yep, and we can the. Wind has changed a, little bit so. Now. It kind of makes sense to, keep me closer to 90, right. On the theme and then, that kind of puts us right on course. Have, a lovely watch. Everybody. 7. O clock at the moment. Half, of my watch is over and the. Sun is rising in the background. I'm trying now the first time two and. Two, hands dear at the same time which is not. That easy watch. Was quite. Calm. So, far a few shooting. Stars a few satellites cross. My night sky. But. The wind is really steady and, Dallas doing so good on being, reach that's awesome.
It's Really nice to steer. She's. Very. Steady. That's. Pretty awesome. The sunrise, is. Awesome. It's so beautiful. The colors are so. Nice and. Yeah. I think we're still making good speed and. Hoping. For a good day, so. Far everything, seems good. It's. Almost 8:00 in the morning and, I, spoke up and. Witness. Come up a bit, it. Was around 15. And, now. It's more like 20. A parent, so, yeah. I think it's more like 30, but. I think everybody's, doing really well with the with the hand steering it's, actually, I mean. It is harder when the wind comes up so. They're. Looking good and we're keeping to our. Chart. Force and, I, haven't seen anything except. A lot of flying fish. They. Fly off on the boat and then they get stuck on Monday we don't hear them they. Die. But, he's so cute I'm gonna throw him back in the ocean. What. Are you doing around so, iridium, is not connecting, again, for some reason. So. We're not able to check emails. Or weather or anything like that so I'm attempting to get the old, SSB. Working but it's just been so long since I've used it I don't, think we have any of the drivers or connections, or anything so, trying. To figure out if this is impossible. Okay. I'll get back to you later yeah. And. I'm, attempting, to make banana, bread and the, rolls, because. Look at this we have a, big. Stack, of. Brown. Banana. They. Rather black boss so, I'm. Gonna use as many as I can, and I'm gonna try to make banana bread but it's a bit bumpy down here so, I don't know how good it will rice but. We will see. Such, a perfect, day for, steering. It's. So cool you have a pop your head about. This hatch and. All. You have eggs. Big, ocean, ahead of you and, you can be transported. To any, time it. Could be the 1800s, it could be the 70s, it. Could be anything and. Nothing. Has changed, out here what's the hell is gonna be. This, big blue, vast. Ocean. Not. Too. Bad of a, way to spend I. Don't. Know Tuesday, Monday Sunday. Any. Day I guess so. The. Banana, bread just finished and. Smells. Really good, look. At that. Might. Have a little slice soon. Seems. Really nice. Raziel. Bra, grabber. Meso, string bikinis. Are. You know how's. The steering going right. It's. Pretty good until I trying to read it at, the same time I know. Brazilians. Tend to be extrovert, and gregarious but the great capacity to enjoy life urban, areas are usually noisy that. Often full of very loud music Brazilians. Like the party, arriving. After several, weeks at sea this can come as a bit of a culture shock but don't worry there, are plenty of quiet egregious. Areas. Are. You looking for a quiet place crying that's. Two weeks at sea yes. Next. Up on Delos we, head off towards Brazil and start the last leg of our Atlantic, crossing reflect. On what it is we like best about long ocean passages. Way, down and I, haven't found this, anywhere. Else and really start. To become a close family and bickering, and all this, speed we'll have another twenty days at sea and. Liz will turn thirty on Delos. Not. According to your mom. Like, it I got. Along. Anything, just yelling, I'll wake, up with. Nothing. Wait. Oh you, yell while we're sailing I definitely. A cup I, should. Tie a string, like all the way. Exactly. Exact, same thing you'd wake up I think you'll be all right I don't you. Fry some bacon to, make you. Are. You listening to. The. Moths stories. They're. Just random people that get on stage at these random, clubs and tell stories about, their. Lives. Okay. I'ma listen to, composting. Nature's. Most interesting, process. I was. Brian is the sorceress Brandis assaulted a robust, foreign shut. Forgot. To report that we.
Lost, One degree, in sea temperature, and one degree, in air temperature. It. Means we're going south. Again. We. All work weather.