Well all is fine now, but it has been a pretty wild 24 hours. Was dealing with winds up around 40 knots and swell to match. Along with that it was a little too action packed for my liking. Had to get on deck a couple of times in the night to sort the mainsail. Of course I was always firmly attached to the boat but it was still a daunting experience each time in those conditions. I came back to the cabin thoroughly drenched each time, but I’m finding the wool blanket amazing in its ability to dry me off by drawing moisture away from me. I also find that eating lots is essential in making sure that I can generate body heat. Also had an unfortunate chain of events set off by a wave, that kept me occupied with the cleanup for ages afterward. Basically I had the “double tap”. Braced myself for the wave, thought it had gone through and at the moment I let go of my hand hold it came back for a double wammy. This saw me fall onto the microwave which is on gimbals so tipped me off into the companionway. In the process I broke the glass microwave door with shards going everywhere. In the clean-up I managed to cut my big toe – blood everywhere, more cleanup required, and bandaid for big toe. There really ought to be a video camera on board to capture some of this stuff. Gave me ideas for new paralympic sports – eg.” Watch the quads put bandaids on toes whilst in a moving boat amongst glass shards” now there’s a challenge!
I did, eventually, manage to pick up all the glass and it took me an unbelievable amount of time but I did get the bandaid on the toe as well. The wind started to settle to a more manageable 20-25 knots at around 2AM and is continuing to decrease. I have sorted out and re-stashed everything that was adrift on deck and below and am feeling back on top of things. Alas the microwave will never recover. As for all systems on the boat, I had a backup and it is now in action – a 12volt travel oven – takes longer to heat the food but does the job fine.