Brigadoon DOES have their sails up again today, but you have seen a picture of that already too. Walt and Marti worked very hard yesterday to get their raw water pump working again (this cools the engine--very important function). However, the belt is slipping on their alternator now, which does not allow their batteries to charge properly while underway (as I understand the problem). We and Maxine have portable generators along on the trip, though, so this problem should be managable, allowing all to continue with the trip.
We are travelling 4.9-5.2 knots over ground, rather slower than Viking Star would travel on it's own, but a good pace for a sailboat. We are holding at 1000 rpm, and our normal cruising speed is 13-1400 rpm. Al has made some adjustments to our own alternator to more closely align our charging and discharge rates. We won't be able to recharge our batteries completely on today's journey, so I will postpone doing a load of laundry until tomorrow.
There is MAYBE two-foot swells, with following seas and winds, so it is really quite a comfortable ride. We have learned to manage the 'stationwagon effect' of exhaust coming into the cabin, causing some slight headache and nausea on my part, by basically closing the rear windows and the windward side door. Unfortunately, this greatly decreases the flow of FRESH air also, so that the sheet I have stretched and fastened with clothespins and a c-clamp is very important to shade the cabin from the sun shining in from a cloudless sky.
Al has been working hard today. He had one phone call from the dock this morning, and two while on the river. He called yesterday 'Money Monday', but I think he has more time in today! We have set the autopilot and with two sets of eyes to check our progress, we are doing just fine.
Our destination today is to anchor out on the leeward side of Crow Butte, another island in the Columbia River. The idea was to raft together and have a community chicken barbeque dinner. We will see how the others feel. It is pretty rough, and our chicken is still partially frozen.