Day 16: Self-steering

The last days two days were demanding for the crew. Our self steering windvane system (fully mechanical without need for electricity) didn’t like the unbalanced set of sails (storm headsail and main sail with one reef) and didn’t steer properly. Additionally, our electric autopilot broke and we had to replace the connection between the motor and the hydraulic pump. (Thank you, Markus.I now know while some blue water sailors take a full backup autopilot system as an emergency spare with them). Now everything works perfect and we even managed to maintain a good speed (about six knots) in these difficult days with little sleep and damp clothes. Less than 400 miles to the Azores…

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