Day Eight Report: 1200 UTC Friday 21 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.
On Friday 21 December at 1200 UTC, Row4Ocean had been at sea for 7 days. The four-man team was approximately 1750nm from the finish line at Paramaribo, Suriname. Over the last 7 days they had rowed 555 miles into the Atlantic, averaging nearly 80nm per day. Their progress had been hampered by a lack of power limiting their ability to make water and to use the autopilot. Nick Leggatt on board S/Y Supertramp, which is shadowing Row4Ocean reports: “Last night the crew came off the oars for the first time in nearly a week, and slept for six hours,” commented Nick. “Year of Zayed was just drifting but the rest is really working as the team are making great strides this morning. Today is the shortest day of the year, so daylight will increase from now and so will their ability to charge the batteries through the solar panels. The forecast looks good for the next few days, with lighter winds and flatter seas, all from a good angle, so I am very confident the guys will be making good progress.”