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Row4Ocean Back on Track

Day Nine Report: 1200 UTC Friday 22 December

Row4Ocean – World Record Attempt to row 2305nm in under 27 Days. Africa to South America. Port of Departure: Dakar, Senegal, Africa – Port of Arrival: Paramaribo, Suriname, South America.

Team: Patrick Bol, Lewis Knollman,Andrew Ruinoff, Matt Wilds.

Patrick Bol contacted the shore team via the Inmarsat satellite network which is being project managed by Xtra-link.

“We are 1752 miles from Suriname, close to a quarter of the way, we finally have enough power to sustain auto-pilot steering through the night, which we are very happy about,” commented Patrick. “We are still close to the wind which is hard for the rowers, especially on our backs. We hope we can turn more to port in the next couple of days. The big daggerboard is down and we have raised the starboard float 5cm and if the sea state remains flat we will raise the port float the same. The guys were worn out from not just the rowing but we had also been deprived of sleep attending to the systems on the boat. It worked out well, although the forward cabin is too small for two big guys. However the rest really gave us more energy, and we will be reverting to three hours rowing and three hours off tonight. We have seen quite a lot of Sargassum weed in the water, it has not been a problem but we hope it will not get into our watermakers, as our water production is very good at the moment. Spirits are good, and it is great to hear how many people are following us, it is a real encouragement for us. We are looking forward to a great reception in Suriname the chances of us making it there are getting better and better.”

Row4Ocean is raising awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans. According to reports, 8 billion kilos of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, that’s a staggering 22,000,000 kilos of plastic every day; 900,000 kilos of plastic per hour; the equivalent of 60 container loads each weighing 15 tons. No wonder our beaches are covered in plastic debris. The problem will be with us for generations. Over the course of time the sun breaks down plastic into micro plastics. Fish and other marine life end up with plastic in their digestive system, which eventually makes it into the human food chain.

13 thoughts on “Row4Ocean Back on Track

  1. Keep those spirits up! You’re all doing an amazing job ! My class have been following your progress with great interest. Sending love and courage to you all. Love you Matthew x

  2. Hi Patrick and the team, this is Isabella (Kenny’s daughter) I am happy you are doing well. We are all wishing you the best while you are achieving this goal. Can’t wait to see you when you have got your world record and you can tell me all about it. Good luck!

  3. Hi Pat
    Many Greatings from Germany. You and your Team are doing an amazing Job. We Cross our Fingers and we are Sure you will be successful!!

  4. Hey guys – keep up the good spirits. We are with you and hope your systems are back to a safer situation. You are doing amazing – you can make this happen.

  5. Andrew, super work through Q1 this is really the time to push the envelope and ensure a strong EBITDA performance! Truly inspirational stuff guys, stay safe and smash it! X

  6. Hello guys,
    This is Desmond Main from Suriname Paramaribo. You guys are doing a great job. Good luck once again and i can’t wait to welcome you guys in my beautiful country. Waka bung

  7. Our team of Project Management in DPW is following your voyage closely and wishes you guys good energy, best of luck, and blessings to your trip. Really admire your courage and noble cause.

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