Day Two Report: 1200 UTC Saturday 15 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.
24 hours after the start from Dakar, Senegal with four-man rowing team has made an impressive start to their bid to break multiple world records and raise awareness for plastic in the ocean.
After 24 hours at sea, “Year of Zayed” had covered over 80 nautical miles. “Year of Zayed was south of the rhumb line (the shortest route in miles to Paramaribo, Senegal). The team was heading southwest below the rhumb line presumably to avoid an area of little wind to the south of the Cape Verde Islands. Six hours into the record attempt Patrick Bol contacted the media team via email:
“We had great departure from Dakar, it was a memorable way to start this adventure. All of the crew is in good spirits. However, the wind direction is a bit too much from the North and very light, it would be better if the wind went around to the east as it would be a much better angle. Our speed is only 3.2 knots, and the sea state is modest with 2 metre waves.”
As dawn broke on Day Two, the wind went veered to the east giving Row4Ocean a much better angle to the wind and waves, “Year of Zayed” can now surf down the waves, and their average speed has been increasing. One position report showed the team surfing down a wave at 5.9 knots!
As “Year of Zayed” is only 80 miles from the African Continent, land effects are very much present. The area that Row4Ocean is now in has several large wind holes, which much be avoided if their excellent rowing pace is to continue.