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Hurricane Guillermo

Last night after I ran out of jobs, (even cut my hair, right down to the wood! Feels great), I started looking at the swell coming from the SW. As it calmed, the wind dropped and I thought, “I could...

You Quitter!

I’m sat here 4 hours earlier than usual after quitting early, we’ll sort of. Here is the story of today. Forecast : East wind 12 to 9 knots, WSW current. Rain again in the night so no sleep. Woke up...

Different Day, Same Start, Different Outcome

I left you last night worried about going north, the wind was supposed to go ENE and that would save me. Well, before any of that I had a massive rain storm, lasted about an hour. I dozed off but...

What a Grind

First a correction, I said the wind would be less than 5 knots today, that was actually the end of yesterday’s forecast. Turned out not to be right but there you go. Today’s forecast was E-ESE 6-12 knots, current WSW....

The Tests Keep Coming!

We new it was going to calm down, the forecast had the wind at 12 knots in the morning from the NE, reducing all day. Not a breath of wind this morning at all, not until after lunch, more of...

Time x Speed = Daily Distance Rowed

It’s simple really. If you can only get 2 knots an hour and row 14 hours, you have 28 miles plus what you drift and that’s your lot. When the clock strikes 04:00, your coordinates are transmitted and a new...

How Many Ways?

How many ways can I find to say yet another strange day?  Not enough is how many.   I’m sat in a relatively cool cabin in a relatively calm sea.  What a contest to last night, waves crashing over the...

Nearly But Not Quite

Not slept much the last few nights, what with storms, poor drift direction and the boat being beaten by waves, so I was pretty tired before I started. Made my coffee and set up on deck. It was very lumpy...

Route 66

At last the Pacific gives up the goods. Patrick: does 66nm answer your question from last week. Brian: 66 not out! So I won’t do a session by session as they were all the same. I creamed it today! Had...

What a Corker

Well another strange day, but the all are. I left you last night with the para anchor out. After I finished the blog I sent Tony an update, asking about the weather. I then looked at my coordinates and found...

Strategy and Cornflakes

Today has been the craziest yet which all started last night. The wind never dropped, it got stronger and sorting out the drift angle was a real challenge. I got no sleep because the boat was bombarded from all sides...

Attention On Deck

Been a strange day which started last night with a text from Tony stating to change course over ground to 250° to avoid large area with no wind.  Easy enough (though a little worrying).  Also aside WNW current, oh no,...

Races That Aren’t Races

Been a strange day today. I pushed things back half an hour to 5:30am California time, felt like I was skiving some how. Anyway, got going, wind was still good, speed still 2.5 knots, stopped for breakfast got going again....

Normal Service Is Resumed

Another day of two halves. Set off this morning, current still with us so that’s good, wind was light but from the ENE so that’s good. Made 2.5 knots, so not thrilled but satisfied. Had a big squall while it...

Barbados Day

Been a bit of a strange day today but I will take it. Woke up to a modest drift and calm conditions, I’d been pulled 4.5 miles west so suspected I was in a west moving current as the wind...