All right, so it is
our sixth night at sea. And we’ve been making
pretty good progress East, but there’s some sort of a
gnarly system catching up to us quickly. This is some crazy weather,
we are having here. [MUSIC – ONETOX, “RAMUKANJI”] [SINGING] Ramukanji ramu liki
Qole ramu soso, gam tu ram si male, gam tu ram
si male, male ra. Ramukanji, ramu liki Qole
ramu soso, gam tu ram si male, gam tu ram si male
male ra, Onetox represent Solomon Island people
see, we people style original, from my homeland. Like my old man said,
there’s nothing impossible, so we have to bring this
message to my brother lyrical. Straight from the
crew, out to the blue, we represent the voices
of my ancestors calling. Previously, on Delos. It’s an exciting time. We make this right
turn, and we’re– This is it. We’re off in the
south Indian Ocean. We make the turn across
the strong Agulhas Current, experience some really
intense weather. Yesus. How do you sleep in this? And Delos start taking in water. Water squirts up through
the bow thruster, and goes into the
forward bilges. So outside my head was
just filled with water– like all the way filled
up– and it was leaking out. We’re in a bit of a situation
with the high-pressure fronts that are coming around the
bottom of South Africa. And we’ll be somewhere in here. So this is 30, 30 plus
sustained, so gusts, who knows. This is sort of
like the same wind we had a few days ago,
but a little bit stronger. Yeah. And then, and it’s coming from
the direction we want to go. Because as this high
moves past, the wind switches from a southerly flow
to like a southwesterly flow. And we’re trying to go east. That thing is scary. Yeah, so then it
switches to east. Yeah. It’s not really
bad there, right? It’s like 30 to
35, which probably means gusting into the 40s. So it’s not like 60 or
70 knots or anything. It’s just enough to make
it nasty and uncomfortable, but not enough to
make it dangerous. Any questions? No, [INAUDIBLE]. I’m not scared. But that’s why this
part of the ocean is not trivial to sail in. I guess why most people
don’t do it just cause– It’s the wild west. It looks kind of
intense, that thing. It does, doesn’t it? It looks like a little monster. It’s like [GROWLING]. Because this gnarly
high-pressure system was racing towards us, we had
to make some tough decisions on our route. The plan was to head
south and get closer to the center of the high,
where the winds would be substantially less. It felt a bit defeated
now, as we are now heading away from
Reunion island and adding extra miles onto the trip. Well, yeah, I think
the conditions might change in the next 24 hours. We are expecting a
storm to pass through. So I really hope I found my sea
legs because the last time we had bad conditions, a couple
days ago, it was a real tester. So we’ll see. Good morning. It is about half past four. And it is our
seventh day at sea. So at five o’clock
this evening, it will mark a week
being on the ocean. And it really feels like
we’re way out there. We haven’t seen another boat for
probably the past two or three days or so. And we are the only humans
between the horizon. Really cool to see, like we’re
going 8 to 10 knots constant, and you’re blasting downwind. It’s awesome. I’m going to make myself a cup
of tea, and enjoy the sunrise. It’s starting to become
that time when all the days, they are just kind
of blurring together. You know? Like eight days out here, and
it doesn’t feel like we’ve been out for that long at all. But at the same time, it feels
like we left a long time ago. I don’t know. It’s a weird feeling. It’s been pretty
good weather, though, the last couple of days. And I think this
weather that is kind of moving in, in
a day or so, we’re all feeling a little bit– not stressed about–
but a little bit nervous or like excited
feeling, I think. At least I am. And we’re like quite far
away from any kind of land. I think about 600,
700 nautical miles. It’s a strange
feeling being out here all by yourself and on this
kind of oasis, I guess. And it’s just us in
the middle of nowhere, blobbing around, on
this little boat. It’s actually quite bizarre. So what’s going on, Bri? So we’re stepped some bigger
winds early this morning. And we thought we’d do a little
preventative reef on the Genoa, so there wasn’t a panic
when the winds came up. And we went to reef in it,
and it just wouldn’t go. And it ended up
blowing the breaker in the front of
the electric motor. We ended up getting
the motor to run one way by resetting the breaker. So we were able to get
it furled in partially. But it’s just a
problem we’re going to have to deal with tomorrow. I don’t want to deal
with it in the dark. It’s the motor up there, right? Yeah. The only motor we
haven’t replaced so far. Always at work, like in
the middle of the night. It couldn’t be a worse
time for it to happen too. OK, we’re going to
come out with the main. OK. Hey, Kiril, can you
slowly ease the main? Sure. All right. So, it’s 10 o’clock. In like two seconds, we went
from 10 knots to like 20 knots. Just woo-doo. Like it just, out of
nowhere, just switched from– Northwest to southwest– boom. It’s exactly what we were
hoping for, and it’s here. Good morning. It’s about six. Sun’s just coming up. A bit of a rough
night last night. Didn’t really get so much sleep. Just a lot of wind and waves,
and the motion of the boat is just all over the place. How’s it going, Carmen? This is some crazy weather
we are having here. First of all, it’s cold,
like 14 degrees Celsius. Then, second of all, we’re
having gusts up to, I think, that’s the one
that was 38 knots. Then we have these big
waves crashing over us. Whoa. That was big time! I got like half of that. Yeah, that was big to Brian. I could Brian’s face like,
as the waves going, oh my, God, that’s going to be big. He’s smiling. This is a little
behind the scenes. That whole thing
was in the water. That’s what it takes
to get a good shot. We just had a massive
wave crash over. Like we were inside the
wave– the cockpit was. We’ve had a lot of
water in here today. Yeah. [WIND BLOWING] [HEARTBEAT SOUNDS] [MUSIC PLAYING] So it’s the morning of day nine. And we have a constant 30 knots. We’ve reefed the
jib like all the way to the third [INAUDIBLE], so we
just have a little sliver up. It’s exhausting, man. You’re body just gets
beat, beat, and beat. And the boat is making noise
and like, I don’t know. It’s just scary to
hear, right all the– Sometimes it’s scary. I don’t think we’re
hurting Delos, though. No, none of the
lines are chaffing. The sail’s holding
up pretty good. I like that reef. How’s it going, Kiril? It’s tough, dude. It is– you have to think ahead
every time you do something. That’s a good point, though. You have to be really
mindful when you cook, right. Yeah. Because you have to
think like, all right, I’m going to turn around
and chop something. You have to put the knife away. You have to like
make sure something isn’t going to fly somewhere. Exactly, like and
you’re just going to feel the motion of the boat
and decide when to do things. And you have to pick your
meals accordingly, as well. Like, I was going
to do like a stew, and I decided like
nah, it’s not worth it. I saw a swell that was over
the height of the [INAUDIBLE]. What? Yeah. It was huge one. I was just standing on deck. We were at the bottom, and
I looked up and was like, this is not good. And like it was
sitting behind me. What the fuck? You have a rainbow behind you. Oh, how pretty. There’s also rain back there. That’s why there’s a rainbow. I’m like, no rainbow,
I don’t want rainbow. That means that it’s
rain, and that means wind. What? I’m abandoning you now. It’s going to hit this rain. I’d abandon me too. So it is 12 o’clock at night. And it’s rough. We had kind of a knock down,
complete knock down almost. So the winch was all in the
water and the subwoofer, fuck, like it just came flying
from one side of the room to the other and almost hit
Dillon right in the face. I woke up to a subwoofer
flying across the room, and just like took
me to the chest. I’m glad I woke up and sat up. Otherwise, it might
of hit me in the face. I’ve kind tied as much of
the stuff down as we can. Ah, the wind hasn’t stopped. It’s still pushing
constant 30’s. I actually had a few minutes
when it was 40 to 43, just constantly and then
gusted to like 52, 53. I don’t know. It feels like if you’re
driving a car with your eyes closed, on a bumpy
dirt road for days, and then knowing you’re
going to hit a tree. But not knowing when you’re
going to hit that tree. So all of a sudden, you’re
just driving and then boof. But I’m going to
go lay down, bro. Yeah, you’ve got
to get some rest. I’ll switch. You’ve been relieved. So it is five o’clock
in the morning. And, yeah, it’s
pretty cold today. Woke up with just polar
winds shooting past my face. And it was really
hard to get up. But it’s been pretty
crazy because I mean the whole of
yesterday there was just waves breaking over the boat,
this whole cockpit area, besides the chair
I’m sitting on, all the cushions and
everything are just wet. So it’s going to
be pretty exciting. But yeah, I am seeing a
sweet, sweet sunrise come in. And, yeah, just hanging out. So our autopilot is
not feeling well. I’ve been trying to lay back
here and like talk to it and like say nice thoughts. But I think it’s
just had enough. And it’s screaming. It’s awful. So this is the new piece
that I put in in Cape Town. OK. And see on the
inside, the inside where the ridges are good. And then the part where these
metal gears have been riding– it’s just gone. Aw. But I’ve got to get this piece
off, so that I can take a look and see if maybe
there’s some reason why these would be– because if they
shouldn’t do that, you know. No. Shouldn’t do that. So hand steering from now on. So yeah, we’ll probably
hand steer for a while. And then when the
conditions get lighter, we can turn on the other,
the smaller autopilot. I just don’t think
it’ll handle– No, this is intense
conditions here. So we’re going to steer
for the rest of the day until I get up the
nerve to dig in there and take a look at that. So what we’re trying
to do, Carmen, is basically we’re still
trying to make easting. OK. So I mean, the boat’s
all over the place, right, because
the waves are big. But generally, we want to
keep it between 90 and 120. 90. OK. I’ll give it a spin. But– I’m going to go. –I haven’t hand
steered for awhile. Oh, it’s not too responsive. No. It takes awhile. Yeah, it’s like driving a bus. It definitely takes a little
practice though, here, to get its– That’s OK, you’re sailing on
the ocean at 40 knots of wind. So it’s not a trivial thing. It feels good, though. [LAUGHING] Oh. A little too high. Hit the floor. OK, so what’s going on
with this piece, Bri? This is the little part that
I got out of the autopilot that I’m pretty sure was
causing us the trouble. And if you look at
it real closely, see how it’s moving like that. But I think what’s
happened, as this spins, these gears are like
moving and tilting. And so that’s shaving
off the plastic on this. So that was happening
last time too, huh? Well, last time this is
exactly what happened. And I replaced this. This is the new piece. But I think because I didn’t
replace this piece as well, it just did the same
thing again, which sucks. So obviously this
is a brass piece and over 15 years of
sailing, the inside of it’s just gotten kind of like
warbled out or something. Dude, if we were
in Cape Town, we could have this sorted
out in an afternoon because Marco could fix
this up, no worries. But there’s no Marco here. No. We’ll get it sorted. Until then, it’s
happy hand steering. So how’s your watch
going [INAUDIBLE]? It’s good. I wish we didn’t have
to point so high. But at least we don’t have
to really tack at this point. Carmen is vomiting. Yeah, again, yay! Whoo-hoo! Oh! Oh! Oh, she got wet! Two buckets of water inside
the galley right now. Oh. Why? Was the window open? Oh, man. I just threw out a piece
of trash like this. She has to open the window too. And it literally like went all– Oh, man. Sorry, guys. Do want a towel? I’ll bring you a towel. Yeah, these books are done, man. Oh, shit. Oh. Oh. Son of a bitch. [LAUGHING] Dude, I tell you what. It is a lot nicer out here
than it is down there. Yeah, down there is horrible. I was trying to have a
little nap before my watch, and you’re just
getting bounced around. Smashed. And these noises
are like gun shots. Like [GUNSHOT NOISE]. How’s it, Giril? Ah, it’s good, bro. Just getting my
hand steering going. Yeah, I’m enjoying it. It’s except the waves
slapping us from the side makes it even scarier but. No, they’ve just been
breaking over us. And I feel protected in
here though, like we don’t– sitting in this chair
doesn’t really get too wet. But, yeah, it’s
still quite scary having them smash
you in the side. But, yeah, no, all is good. It feel good like the
steering is nice– giving me like something to do. It feels like I’m in
charge of the boat. You are, bro. I know. Even more so now. What’s everyone doing in there? Sleeping. Oh, really. And watching stuff. Yeah, snoozing and
watching movies. So it’s 2 o’clock
in the morning. I just finished my watch. OK. I was slacking on the job, mate. [INAUDIBLE] allows you
to go make tea, like to go to the bathroom. I just realized I can’t do
that for the next two hours. [LAUGHING] But it’s kind of cool. You’ve got something to do
at least for your watch. Otherwise, you’re just kind of
sitting here watching the wheel turn over time. Yeah, it’s cool to experience,
for like a little while, I think. Yeah, I mean, the three-hour
shifts suck, to be honest. [LAUGHING] Three hours of
hand steering when you’re staring at that because
you’re not really seeing anything in front of you. The moon is out, huh? The moon is out. It’s actually a beautiful night. Yeah. Oh, Jesus Christ. I just fell. Yeah, so it’s day 11. It feels like the wind has
stabilized a little bit. It’s not super
chill, but it’s not gusting into the 40’s anymore. It’s mostly staying
like 25 to 30. So Brian is just trying to
hook up the furling system, like the manual furling
system for the [INAUDIBLE]. How’s it going, Bri? I think pretty good. I’ve got a couple of
blocks right up front, and then lines run from
the manual further back. So I think what we should
do is ease the sheet, and then I’ll
disengage the furler. And let’s just see if it holds. For the drum up there has a
similar kind of thing to this. Uh-huh. And this line we’re running
is running through the top of the drum for the furler. And as we ease it, it should
spin and hike up the sail. It’s working. It’s working. Good job, guys. You always have to make sure to
keep tension on these, though. Yeah. Since we have that pin
out, and we lose tension, it’s a disaster. Up next, we do
some epic filming. Our cell light phone
catches on fire. And the cord completely just,
the charging port completely fucking– Holy shit. –Melted. Our SSB is not working either. So we’re literally
old-school sailing now. And we arrive into Reunion. Land ho! I’m so excited, Brian. Solid ground. Whoo-hoo. Ah. Oh. [INAUDIBLE] First thing in the morning. That’s a wrap. [MUSIC PLAYING] You like it. I like it a lot. So we’re in the middle
of a storm right now. Spread those legs. We need a wide-angle lens for
that African snake of yours. No. But you’re going to get
asked to get married. Probably not. Probably not. The woman will smell
you and get turned on. You’re like a primal
kind of turned on. [INAUDIBLE] That’s all that is.