Day Six Report: 1200 UTC Wednesday 19 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.
On the sixth day of the record attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean spirits were high on board “Year Of Zayed”. A battery charging problem which had put the whole project in jeopardy was nearly totally resolved, and the team found new vigour in their incessant effort to set new world records.
This message was relayed by Nick Leggatt on board S/Y Supertramp, which is shadowing “Year of Zayed” across the Atlantic.
“We have been battling with power issues which put us into survival mode,” commented Patrick Bol. “We need electricity for our watermakers and we had to cut down our water usage which meant rationing food and drinking water. We have now topped up half a tank and managed to use our auto-pilot right through the night, meaning we had two rowers on at a time. Now we are back on full rations, spirits are high, and we can motivate each other with extra helpings of food, coffee and drinking water. We are back ahead of the game!”
The team did have an issue last night when a fishing net got entangled with the rudder and one of the oars but they are now free to row at full speed. The team are suffering sore backsides and hands from chafe but have also had the wondrous experience of seeing a huge sea turtle and other mid-Atlantic wildlife such as birds and flying fish. They also got a glimpse of the ‘Christmas Comet’ in the form of a green streak across the night sky.
World record pace continues for Row4Ocean with the Xtra-Link tracker showing the team has just over 1900 miles to go. At their current speed the team will reach Paramaribo in just 21 days and 10 hours, smashing all previous records.