With both crews on the water there are even more dots to watch. Go to each boats follow the crew page to see where they are. We do not currently have a means of overlaying the dots for Fire Ant and the Toby Wallace onto the same chart, but fortunately our friends on the French crew that set out just after Fire Ant do. Follow this link: http://www.rameocean2016.com/blog/ to see the maps.
Anyone who reads French, or has a web browser that can translate will read the Rame Ocean 2016 site suggests the French at slightly in front of our girls. I believe the truth of the matter is the French have rowed slightly further, but the girls are taking a more direct route, and are therefore closer to the finish. We know who is in front! The French intend to finish in Guadeloupe, which is North of Barbados. So at some point the two boats tracks will cross.
Once again the Fire Ant ladies have posted a very good 24 hours distance. This time 70 nautical miles. With a distance made good (miles toward the finish) of 69 Nm, this is a great performance. You can now see a table of daily statistics at the bottom of the girls tracking page: http://www.oceanusrowing.co.uk/female-atlantic-row-2016/
The progress of the girls has been even more impressive given the fact they had steering issues for two days after the first night out. With guidance from shore support the girls were able to diagnose an issue with the steering ram and replace the damaged section from spares. This has boosted the girls already high spirits.
Toby Wallace are now into their second daylight period at sea. Their first 24 hour distances 82 Nm (79 Nm DMG) whilst slightly off record pace is still very respectable. Shortly after the start the crew experienced wind against them, possibly due to wind eddies behind Mount Teide on Tenerife. Now the crew are settled in and passed most of the local effects of the island, we should se more representative distances over the coming days.
Spirits are also high on the Today Wallace and they have also had some steering issues, which are now fixed. I will add a daily statistic table to their tracking page when they have multiple days on the log.
Thanks to James Ketchell and the Pedal The Atlantic support (http://pedaltheocean.co.uk) for making a short film of the Toby Wallace setting off. You can view the video here: https://youtu.be/gNgGXxD8sW8
Thanks to all of those who are posting comments for the crews. We really enjoy hearing from you.
Coming up in future news posts (maybe): More progress reports, News about crews, a word from our sponsors and charity link.