When we arrived in Nome we had a lot to celebrate and Nome was the perfect place for it… After a long and hard night we spent a few days getting some well needed rest after spending more than 20 days at sea. Nome is a frontier town with a lot of history related to the gold rush that still seems to be happening and people come here from all around the world to try their luck. Strange vessels built on pontoons and oil barrels with small cabins on top that are used for gold dredging line the piers and we realised that this was the perfect place to sell our backup diesel outboard engine. We were lucky and sold it in a matter of days to some gold dredgers and even got ourselves on Discovery Channels Bering Sea Gold series.
During our time at sea we experienced some new vibrations from our engine and wanted to find a mechanic to have a look at our propeller and shaft since we believe that we may have hit a piece of ice along the way. Unfortunately, we could not find anyone that wanted to help us and time was running short so we decided to postpone repairs until Dutch Harbour. Time and time again we where advised by the local fishermen to leave as soon as possible as the storm season was approaching with heavy low pressures that form in the North Pacific and are pushed up into the Bering Sea. This time of year there is often two low pressures per week and we realised that there was no way that we could make it all the way to Dutch Harbour between these lows. Therefore we decided to wait for a window to sail to Nunivak Island half way where we could hide away from the bad weather and wait on a new window that would take us all the way to the Aleutian Islands.
Just before we left we received word from Nick’s father Bernard that he would go sailing again and would not be able to receive our position reports over the radio in order to update the position map of the blog. This means that we will remain in the same place until Bernard comes back in the beginning of October.
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