Day 23 – 06 January, 2019
Row4Ocean – World Record Attempt to row 2305nm – Africa to South America. Port of Departure: Dakar, Senegal, Africa – Port of Arrival: Paramaribo, Suriname, South America.
Having suffered problems with the steering system of ‘Year of Zayed’ since New Year’s Day. The four-man rowing team are back on the pace, after the third and hopefully final fix for their rudder. After two attempts to jury-rig the broken pin holding the rudder to the boat, the Row4Ocean team decided to employ some time and a major engineering effort on the 23rd day of the record breaking attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean. The fix included shortening the rudder blade to get rid of the damaged area and using nuts and bolts on board to make a solid fix between the rudder and the rudder stock. The fix was a team effort but the engineering experience of Matt Wilds was essential.
“Matthew has always been someone with a positive attitude,” commented his dad, Steve Wilds. “He is a great motivator and likes to be successful in everything he does. For example if he goes fishing he catches fish, if he plays golf he hits the greens and if something is broke he will focus on fixing it …. the genuine Mr Fixit. As a boy he always helped his dad mix the concrete or fix the shelf and as a man he even built his own dinning room furniture. Matthew was great at most sports – he played representative sports and even captained Yorkshire boys cricket. He applies his motivational skills to his work and to fixing things …. he is a real winner.”
Row4Ocean are now under 800nm from the finish and have a perfect wind direction and some big waves to surf towards Paramaribo. After lying on the sea anchor for most of the last day, the batteries are now fully charged and the water tanks full.
There was also a celebration on board Supertramp, the sailing yacht shadowing Year of Zayed. Row4Ocean Syndicate partner Clive Frost is on board Supertramp and celebrated his birthday with a swim plus food and drink with the crew.