At the time of writing, we have under 350 miles to go! The weather has picked up again over the weekend and this time it hasn’t brought a monsoon with it! All is therefore pretty good on board and neither of us can quite believe our ETA should now be within a week away…
We have spent the last few days continuing to try to conserve our battery and it seems to have done the trick. We should now have enough power to manufacture the water we need for the rest of the journey.
I shouldn’t have complained about the lack of wildlife – although still no more dolphins or any whales, I did spend my 0100-0300 shift last night dodging hurtling flying fish that seemed to be daring each other how close to my face they could get. Luckily on this occasion I managed to avoid the wet fish face slap…
As we enter the final stages of our journey, our attention has to turn to the tactics of our final approach. This entails looking at likely wind speed and direction along with the tide timetables, in order to ensure a safe and speedy approach. There is a decent amount of reef around Mauritius, which we would like to avoid! The actual finish line is the entrance to Port Louis on the west side of the island. We will therefore have to spend a decent amount of our last day getting round the top of the island and attempting to use the tide to our advantage.
We are hoping to film a Facebook live of our arrival – which we will provide further details of when we know the exact times. Tune in if you can!
We thought you would be interested to know some fun facts – to date we have each rowed 748,800 strokes and we have eaten 260,000 calories each since leaving Geraldton – the equivalent of nearly 470 Big Macs! We would like to take this opportunity to thank some of the unsung heroes of Doctors Adrift who have worked tirelessly behind the scenes:
Tom Lloyd, our PR chief and all round social media guru.
Alex Trenear-Thomas for designing and putting together our website and in general making us look vaguely professional
Phil Theodore for chartering us his awesome boat and looking after us along the way. Without Phil, our challenge just would not have happened and for that we are eternally grateful.
Ted and Jack