News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : Dee surprises herself, watermaker battle continues

Dee surprises herself, watermaker battle continues

'Sailing away from the strong winds'    Aviva Ocean Racing
'My morning rounds revealed 2 flying fish and a squid on deck. So after dispatching them over the side with an implement designed to maximise my distance from them I proceeded to shake the final reef out. Back at full sail, Aviva continued to sail along with wind and waves behind her.

'We set up for a gybe at midday which with full sail took some grinding and a good fifteen minutes to carry out and settle onto the other gybe. We are negotiating our way along a corridor of wind with lighter patches of wind to our northeast and also our southwest. So we will be gybing our way along the corridor over the next couple of days as we head towards the equator.

'As for my current dilemma that faces Aviva and I, the water maker. After bypassing a faulty relay in the control box I had powered the low-pressure side of the system to find my high-pressure pump was leaking water quite badly. Having taken it apart and put it back together a couple of times I established that I had seated it squarely and it was actually the seals that needed replacing. Defeated, I managed some rest last night, but even more determined to do battle this morning.

'I found the spare seal kit and read the manual and studied the exploded diagrams this morning. I spoke to the shore team and we discussed the seal change. I had to laugh, they had a replica pump in front of them, thousands of miles away and we were talking about the different parts. Not being an expert in high-pressure pumps my names and descriptions of the different parts were far from accurate I am sure, but so long as we were talking about the same parts I could call them what I liked and believe me they had some choice names during the course of the afternoon.

'When I took the manifold apart from the crankcase, I found that both the high and the low-pressure seals were going to need replacing. The really frustrating part is that even though I had moved the pump from the oilskin locker to the galley so I had more room and some more ventilation, the sea surface temperature has increased to 23 degrees and the air temperature is rising too so Aviva is heating up. I was getting hot and sweaty as I was getting frustrated; also my hands were getting filthy dealing with the pump and the seals. I was getting even more desperate for a shower, which made my desperation to get the pump working even higher.

'There was a constant communication with the shore team today and we are so close. After all we have overcome I know that they are as determined as I am not to be beaten by the water maker so close to the end. There is not much left of the water maker that I haven't replaced or taken apart at some point. Originally I would say that in relation to the actual mechanics but now I have even been involved with the electronics. I am still much happier at dealing with the mechanics rather than the electronics, but it is amazing what you can do when you have to. I am still surprising myself on this voyage.'

Dee & Aviva

by Dee Caffari


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

8:42 AM Wed 12 Apr 2006 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Aviva Challenge

Related News Stories:

22 May 2006  Caffari back on land, crowds and rain welcome her
22 May 2006  Dee excited, but nerves about stepping ashore
20 May 2006  Dee still running on adrenaline
19 May 2006  Dee to arrive Southampton Sunday
19 May 2006  Dee Caffari finishes Aviva Challenge
18 May 2006  Dee about to make history, voyage nears completion
18 May 2006  Dee approaches the finish of Aviva Challenge
17 May 2006  Caffari 24 hours from finish line
16 May 2006  No more alarms for Dee, just a few days from home
16 May 2006  Dee battles on - just 72 hours to finish line

News - USA and the World

A complete recap of the most successful Melges 20 World Championship by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,

ISAF Santander - Upwards path for Austrian women's 470 crew + video by Luissa Smith, International 470 Class Association,

2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 4 by William Wagner, San Francisco

Santander Worlds – already a spectator success
ISAF Sailing World Championships Santander 2014 - Day 3 morning report
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Tales from the extreme
Volvo Ocean Race: Latest starter wins opening race
2014 J/70 World Championship - Healy, Abdullah, Becker and Borges win
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Full-blown, once again
ISAF Worlds - Americans jump up Laser and Laser Radial leaderboard
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Farr 40 Day 3
America's Cup: Luna Rossa sailing with two foiling AC45's + Video
Extreme Sailing: Emirates Team NZ retain second overall
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Rio Olympic Laser spots snapped up
Rolex Swan Cup - All set for final showdown
Upper Midwest sailors need help to take it to the next level
ISAF Sailing World Championships - RS:X action begins in Santander
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Americans rise in Laser and Radial
Extreme Sailing Series - A remarkable penultimate day’s racing + Video
Marseille One Design - GC32 GDF Suez unstoppable in the light
Rolex Swan Cup - Day 3 images by Carlo Borlenghi
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Images of the leaders in Santander
Rolex Big Boat Series - Good day for Double Trouble
Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2 images by Erik Simonson   
Royal Cup Marina Ibiza - TP52 fleet ready for tricky race tracks   
Rolex Big Boat Series - Plenty maintains lead   
2014 Asia Pacific Student Cup - Count down begins   
Extreme Sailing Series: Live coverage of Day 3 - view here   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Going away   
Volvo Ocean Race 2014-15 - Practice makes perfect   
2014 J/70 World Championship - Contrasting conditions on Day 4   
Rolex Big Boat Series - 50 years of big boat racing: a retrospective   
2014 Rolex Big Boat Series - Day 2   
Snipe Western Hemisphere and Orient Champ: Rios takes the Championship   
Volvo Ocean Race: Leg Zero signals start of the significant racing   
Extreme Sailing Series: Physically demanding racing for BAR on Day 2   
Emirates Team NZ: Holding second overall after Day 2 in Istanbul   
Extreme Sailing Series: A force to be reckoned with in Istanbul +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds - Day 1 images by Jesus Renedo and Pedro Martinez   
Marseille One Design: GC32's Armin Strom storms ahead on day 2 + Video   
ISAF Sailing World Championships - Racing underway in Santander +Video   
ISAF Sailing Worlds, Santander - Erika Reineke claims Radial race win   
Santander Worlds 2014 Mat Belcher (Part II) *Feature   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT