“I finished my rain dance on deck, now that I can get water myself again.” This is what the Englishwoman Dee Caffari writes after she had to worry about her plan for a few days. Her watermaker, without which she would not get any drinking water, had repeatedly caused problems before. Now it is working again.
The young woman started Great Britain on November 21, 2005 with the 72-foot yacht “Aviva”. Your goal: around the globe, against the wind from east to west, one-handed and non-stop. It is a sailor's first attempt. So far, only a few men have dared to take on this challenge, including Wilfried Erdmann.
Meanwhile, Dee Caffari is approaching the port of departure. She passed the Cape of Good Hope on April 3rd, her current position is 16 degrees 2 minutes south, 2 degrees 36 minutes east. The way back to Portsmouth is about 4800 nautical miles ahead of her.
The watermaker had already gone on strike once. Now the whole project threatened to overturn because of this. According to international regulations, Caffari may anchor under the protection of an island, but not accept outside help. She therefore spent April 11th completely trying to repair the system, guided by her crew at home. Although this repair would actually have been an expert job, we worked together to get the defective pump working again
“The team, thousands of miles away, had the same pump in front of them, and we were now trying to find names for the different parts. I'm not an expert on hydraulic pumps, so my descriptions were far from scientifically correct. But as long as we knew which parts we were talking about, it didn't matter what I called them. " According to the skipper, these problems made the team grow closer. So she is still physically on her own, but the crew is always with her in their thoughts.