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  • The Ups And Downs Of The Indian Ocean



    After discovering a rip in the mainsail on Thursday, Ronnie Simpson aboard Shipyard Brewing been tirelessly working to get the sail back to operational status.

    Facing a rush to the start line and acknowledging a lack of ideal preparation, Ronnie has been navigating a series of repairs with limited resources. He employed a zig-zag stitch to mend the torn areas of the sail and resourcefully used hydranet cloth from an old staysail. This cloth was affixed with sikaflex and stitched to the sail for reinforcement. Additionally, Ronnie utilized a strip of Cuban fiber material, further securing it with sticky back on both sides.


    Despite the repairs not being aesthetically pleasing, they have been effective in getting the mainsail back up. Ronnie has been cautiously increasing the boat’s speed. Simpson’s journey has already covered over 10,000 miles, and he is considering making a pit stop in either Fremantle or Hobart to address not only the mainsail issues but also to stock up on materials for future repairs. His early encounter with a significant water ingress issue in the back of the boat, which damaged many of his repair materials, has added to the challenges faced during the race.



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    Ronnie steers Shipyard Brewing deeper into the southern Indian Ocean where the weather is bigger and gnarlier. There doesn't seem to be an in-between for Ronnie in this part of the Global Solo Challenge. It's either oddly calm, or blowing gale force. In Ronnie's own words- 'the southern Indian Ocean is no joke'. He isn't far behind his nearest competitor, and with the recent dropout of a competitor, Ronnie is now in 3rd place. But there is a lot of race left. And a lot of Southern ocean waiting..

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