Safe Haven

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August 6 and Adrian was firmly in the control of US Coast Guard and had been overflown by one of their patrol aircraft. He was expecting to arrive in Nome by August 11 but making good progress and an earlier arrival was possible. It was becoming increasingly important for him to reach Nome as soon as possible, complete repairs and testing and then set off for the Russian coast to make the NSR passage before the Arctic ice moved South again.

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A murderous storm

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August 2 2006, 60.05 N 179.31 W, and Adrina was reporting that he had successfully passed the Aleutian Islands having decided to take the course between Attu Island and Ostrov Medynn on the Russian side. After passing the Aleutians, he was hit by a murderous storm with 25 foot waves and 40 knot wind. The forces were too much for the steering and the cables parted forcing Adrian to use the emergency tiller with releaving tackle. Running under this emergency steering Barrabas weathered the storm and maintained heading for Nome.

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Barrabas injured by a Cutless

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July 18 and Adrian had to report a potentially show stopping problem. In preparation for approaching the Aleutian Islands, where fast currents run between the Islands, he decided to start his diesel and engage the propeller to make sure that everything was functional before he faced an emergency where he would need engine power. Almost immediately he realized that there was a problem with noise and vibration indicating a cutless bearing fault. The question first was – where to dock? He could find a port South of the Aleutians, take a chance on passing them under sail, then either head for a Russian or an Alaskan port.

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