Fire Ant have picked up their pace again. They reported confused seas overnight. Combined with the dark sky due to the new moon and cloud cover, the rowers were finding it hard to steer to their course. However, it is clear from the tracking that they did manage to maintain a good course and have travelled another 52 miles closer to Barbados.
The girls have increased their speed even more through the afternoon and flattened their course towards Barbados slightly. This should hopefully result in a very good ‘distance made good’ in the current 24 hours.
Jane on Fire Ant has asked to pass a message to 32 Squadron to thank them for their support and to tell Neza(?) “they have not run out of food yet!”.
The Toby Wallace also reported having a challenging night. For them the issue was struggling to maintain speed to keep the record within reach. In ocean rowing record attempts it is usually true – the lower the distance achieved (per day), the more effort it has taken to achieve it. The slower days are usually when the sea conditions are doing nothing to help and indeed often hinder progress. Rowing in these condition is much harder.
Despite the overnight challenges, the crew are doing well and like Fire Ant they have increased speed during the afternoon. The Toby Wallace is still slightly ahead of its best position at this stage in previous record attempts. At midnight tonight, they will have exactly 20 days to get to Barbados for the record. The weather over the coming week should help them increase speed and have every chance of a record breaking row.
Today we would like to mention the charity that Mike Johnson (one of are two young Zimbabwe rowers) is supporting. KidzCan (Zimbabwe) is the only charity in Zimbabwe dedicated to increasing the survival rate of children with cancer. You can find out more and donate at www.kidzcanzimbabwe.org
Pictured below, Murray Fabre and Mike Johnson – the main engines on the Toby Wallace.