Day 117. Maundy Thursday
“The wind is from the south but not too strong, allowing me to stay on course. The ocean is fairly calm; the surface waves are lifting the boat up and down. Thursday was busy and eventful. Due to the fair weather, I decided to run a water pump. Upon turning the switch on, I heard a noise, but saw no water. I inspected the system and concluded that there must me something wrong with a Kingston valve. It was no use trying to assess the valve condition from the deck. I had to get into the water, under the boat and see it for myself. I spent fifteen minutes gathering up my courage. With my first dive, I discovered that the valve got plugged with seaweeds. I had to climb back on deck, find a screwdriver and dive under again to clean up the valve. After that, I swam from bow to stern inspecting the hull and the bottom of the boat. Interestingly, the most growth is just below the waterline. The bottom of the boat is fairly void of marine growth. The six layers of antigrowth paint are paying off.
While in the water I would constantly and nervously look behind my shoulder, scared to see a shark. Thank God, but there was nothing and no one behind me the entire time. When I finally climbed back into the boat, my hand and knees were shaking. My nerves were shot. I get really nervous leaving the boat and diving into the blue abyss. My body felt rather weak, and it took every effort to pull myself onto the deck even though it’s so close to the surface. The good news is that the Kingston valve is clean and the water pump is taking the water. I sure hope this was my last dive on this expedition. I was away for only 15 minutes, but once I got back on board, I felt as if I returned to my sweet home after a long absence.
My goal is to cross the 26° south. The weather forecast shows that in a couple of days the wind will come from the south-east and become stronger. It will push me north, towards Fiji. I’d like to have enough latitudinal distance myself and the islands. I’m with you. Fedor.”
The map of the Tourgoyak's course: http://yb.tl/konyukhov2
The detailed map of the course: www.oceanrowing.com/Konyukhov/Pacific2013/dist_map.htm
Translated by Tatiana Koreski