The weather is yet to relent and we are still battling baking hot sun, however there is now the faintest of breezes in the air. This is doing a great job of making rowing marginally more bearable. This has had a strange effect; the cabin resembles a sauna rather than a bedroom and is responsible for the vast majority of our dehydration, and so rowing is probably the more bearable activity at the moment compared to resting!
Our electrical woes also continue, with us unable to charge our second battery. Therefore, we are going to be limited to one battery for what seems the remainder of our journey. On the plus side, this doesn’t seem to be having too much of an impact at the moment, as due to several other issues we are unable to use many of our electrical systems anyway! Firstly, we have burnt out 2 out of the 3 of our autopilot motors, so we are having an amnesty with the one remaining and not using it, as we will be likely to need it closer to Mauritius. This means that we are having to hand steer whilst rowing -making fine adjustments to the rudder in between rowing strokes, which requires a surprising amount of timing and co-ordination. Our next issue is the chart plotter and AIS system which is our main navigational aid and gives us a visual picture of our route and this keeps losing satellite signal, causing a multitude of alarms to go off, waking the sleeping rower and displaying wildly false information to the one that is rowing (Ted is still claiming he did in fact row at 74 knots). So that chart plotter has also been turned off…Saving more power!
Although the weather seems to be persistently tough, our boat speed has dramatically increased over the last 8 hours for reasons unknown to us… We think we may be in a favourable part of the current? Let’s hope that this is the start of a change and we can start making up the distance that we have lost the last few days!
We would like to say a big thank you to Ardingly College who chose MSF as their charity for the year, and have teamed up with us at various stages to raise funds, and have supported us every step of the way. We would also like to thank Dorset House School for having us come and talk to them, and for also supporting our efforts in fundraising for MSF.
Jack and Ted