So the plan is to make my first landfall in Annapolis on April 14th around noon. In order for this to happen I need to enter the Chesapeake Bay by the 12th. The trip ends when I cross the finish line at the southern entrance of the Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel but I’m not going to step foot on land until Annapolis. I might pass though the Chesapeake Bay bridge tunnel at 3am, it’s really hard to say and if the wind is good I’m going to continue to sail up the bay towards Annapolis. I will be tying off to the Sailing Hall of Fame dock downtown. If I don’t make it to the bay by the 12th then I’ll be in Annapolis roughly 2 days after I enter the bay. If I get there early then I’ll just go slow so I can arrive on the 14th. It’s really not up to me – I’ve got a bunch of light winds and head winds coming up so I don’t know exactly how long it’s going to take before the ocean spits me out into the Chesapeake Bay, but that is the general plan.
I guess this is a good time to announce my plans for my next trip. In the summer of 2013 I would like to head back up to the Arctic and shoot a documentary. “Sailing though the Arctic with Matt Rutherford” well that title is a bit corny but you get the idea. I could film giant icebergs, pack ice, polar bears, narwhals, gale force winds, the massive waves of the Bering Sea and also just life at sea. The trip would cover roughly 8,000-9,000 miles and would take four to five months. I would like to explore the upper regions of Baffin Bay possibly and then the northern Northwest Passage. Ultimately I would like to sail though the NWP using a route that has never been taken by sail boat or pleasure craft. I would also take a small crew with me to help with shooting the footage. Whether or not I could make it through that route has more to do with a general lack of ice then my ability to navigate a boat. This would be a much more dangerous trip though the Arctic but it would make for one heck of a documentary. Wouldn’t you guys like to see that? I first have to raise the money which is always very difficult. I hope to convince a TV channel or production company that their profit would be greater than the cost. I’ve been working on the plans for this trip since August and there is no guarantee that I will raise the money or that the ice will open up in the far north. But it sounds like a good idea.
The engine is completely dead. The crank handle grips a pin. I didn’t have a pin so I had to make one by cutting the head off a screw. Well the screw broke and is jammed so the hand crank is useless. I tried to start the engine by wrapping a line around the flywheel and connecting that line to a halyard. I made a loop in the other end of the halyard, climbed my mast about 8 feet and jumped holding on to the loop. My body weigh turned the flywheel but after several tries the engine still wouldn’t start. So that’s it, I give up, the engine is just ballast.
It takes about 100 pumps to make 200ml of water. I made on average 3 liters a day, so I had to pump my water maker around 1500 times every 24 hours. I caught some rain and melted some ice in the Artic but I still had to make my own water around 270 days of the roughly 300 day trip. That means that by the time I reach the Chesapeake Bay I will have pumped a water maker at least 405,000 times in order to make enough water to rehydrate my food make coffee and quench my thirst. Running water never sounded so good!
March 30th marks 100 years since the deaths of Wilson, Bowers and Scott. Oates and P.O. Evans died shortly before. So raise a glass and give a toast to the fallen explorers of the great age of exploration in both the Arctic and Antarctic. Men who could suffer with a smile on their face, and died like gentlemen.