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.