Day Three Report: 1400 UTC Sunday 16 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.
Row4Ocean has set a blistering pace in their attempt to set new world records for an Atlantic row covering approximately 200 miles in the first 48 hours. At 1400 UTC on the third day, “Year of Zayed” was approximately 2100nm from the finish, setting an average speed of 3.8 knots. At their current pace, the team are two days inside the outright world record of 27 Days, 16 Hours.
“It was hard going in the first 24 hours with a north-easterly wind, we chose to head south and the tactic has worked. We now have a good angle to the 2.5 metre waves, and we hit a top speed of nine knots as we surfed down one of the bigger waves. The physicality of the project is hard on the body but we should get used to that in he days to come. The spirit on board is very good and so far we have had no major issues with the boat, it is all going very well.” commented Patrick Bol by satellite phone.”
The Row4Ocean team will be passing south of the Cape Verde Islands later today and tonight. Their position is well south of the wind shadow produced by the last vestiges of land the team will pass before entering the wild open waters of the Atlantic. The position looks good to avoid the area of no wind but they will also be conscious of not heading too far south, where the ITZ (The Inter Tropical Convergence Zone) causes a belt of low pressure near the equator where the trade winds of the Northern and Southern Hemispheres come together. This area is also prone to squall activity, hot moist air from the African continent cools over the sea to form rain squalls and with it unstable wind both in speed and direction.