Day 117 Hand steering 27/12/13

Dec 27, 2013Position: 33.00 S, 83.16 E

I am hand steering this morning. Rig feels good. Swell is 3-4 metres, waves 1 metre, wind 5-10 knots from the south. I am able to steer around 90 degrees. But the vane doesn’t work so well in big seas with no wind so I have been hand steering for the last few hours. Whatever it takes, we will make it. Looks like food bars for breakfast, lunch and dinner today. 

Thanks for all the words of support. I need it and feel it.

Heading : 110 T Speed : 2.5 knots Wind : S 5 – 10 Swell : S 3 metres Cloud : 60% Temp : 20 C Baro : 1026 Distance in last 22 hrs : 100 nm Batteries : 13.1 


  1. Hey Glenn, so sorry to hear of your troubles. I know we’re hopeless landlubbers in our family but we want you to know we don’t consider that touching land to make a repair in any way detracts from your remarkable accomplishment (so far or to come). Whatever happens, you have distinguished yourself as a sailor, an explorer, a writer, a dreamseeker… Please don’t let yourself get too discouraged about this!

  2. Hi Glenn & Marylou

    So very, very sorry to hear of Glenn’s rigging problems.

    At least he’s fine bodily, although he must be feeling very unhappy since making that devastating discovery.

    Wishing you both the very best of health in the New Year,


  3. Hi Glenn,
    Sorry to hear that the trip was cut short – however, you have obviously made the right decision given the situation and your many years of experience. It must be hard though. If your port is Perth – it would be nice if you could find time to see our daughter Kayla – she lives in Freemantle at the Pirates Backpackers Hotel – a very funky place on the ocean. Freemantle is just outside Perth (about 9K) She works on the ferry between Freemantle and Rottnest Island. She absolutely loves Australia and has applied to go to university there.
    Glad that you are safe and making your way back to land. Stay well.
    Muffy & Bill

  4. garymagwood says

    As the Ozzies might say, “Good on ya mate!” Equipment failure is not human failure. Well done to date and I look forward to following more of your adventure from the comfort of my desk…

  5. Glenn, Sometimes, our dreams and plans change course reminding us that life is all about change. May the spirit of water and wind guide you safely to Australia.
    I found this lovely quote by T.S. Elliot “We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” All the best, Ellie Dufresne

  6. John Taylor says

    Dear Glenn;
    The family and I have been skiing in Lech and I was unable to check into email. I was eagerly awaiting to review the posts I had missed and the first thing I saw was rigging failure. I can only imagine what you felt initially but was very glad to see your spirit emerge quickly to analyze the situation and decisivley change direction. Sailors are always aware that one’s life can change in an instant; it is what one does afterwards that speaks to character. The massive disappointment of the failure of the rigging must be offset on the sunny side by the fact that you didn’t discover it in the midst of a storm!
    Since your discovery, you seem to have made good progress in the direction of a repair facility and a few short weeks should see you able to resume your quest. Your daily posts have sparked admiration for both your sailing skills and your ability to interpret and communicate to us on land what you are seeing, feeling, experiencing out in the midst of the great ocean. Your journey has also inspired some of your followers to embark on their own quests: like buying a sailboat at age 78 or vowing to undertake his own long-distance voyage under sail.
    After I discovered your website, I sent the link to my best friend who is landlocked in Lillooet. He starts each day by “checking in with Glenn”. I believe my brother-in-law logs in to your site before he checks his stocks!
    I encourage you to harbour positive thoughts. Your voyage(s) to date are extraordinary tests of human spirit and courage. Whether you return home by going west or by going east the key is that you have faced and overcome; you have refused to give up; you have reached the plateau of a peaceful mind able to successfully joust with the worst and the best of nature. You have come through!

    My thoughts follow you daily wishing you fair winds and safe passage and clearly many others are doing the same.

    Happy New Year to you and to your family. Here’s to more good times and adventure in 2014!!


  7. Glenn and MaryLou
    So sorry to hear that you have had to turn back because of the rigging failure but so glad that you are OK. We wish you a safe journey to port and want you to know we are so proud of your achievements. Eric and Anne.

  8. I was so sorry to hear of your rigging problems Glenn and hope you have a safe trip back to Auz. It must be very disappointing for you but keep up your spirits. Rosalie

  9. Roger Patterson says

    With you in spirit. I like your family and friends around the globe want you to be safe with WW II. WW II has kept you safe. Let her continue her job as you take care of her and yourself to safety. Be strong.

  10. Glen, Turning around in order to preserve your boat and ensure your own safety is 100% the right thing to do. Hoping you have a safe trip back to Australia and whatever the outcome, you’ve accomplished much by merely daring to pursue your dreams while so many wouldn’t even dream to start.

  11. Owen Popplestone says

    Something i’m sure you’ve thought about… do you have any dyneema rope aboard? Ive used it to replace broken rigging before.
    Good luck, we’re still following you!

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