It has been a frustrating last few days for the British Ocean Rowing Team but the light is at the end of the tunnel. As crewman Tom Rendell explains by email on Thursday 25th January;
"As I write, the weather is getting back to our way of thinking after a couple of days of headwinds, beam on seas, and generally slow conditions. This culminated in us spending a frustrating night on a sea anchor. Hopefully it will be the last time the device sees the light of day, before being ditched for the sprint into Barbados. Birdy Bird dived the boat today, to remove the start of Barnacle growth and reports one 4ft Dorado in tow. Although we are now behind schedule, we have already proven the crew's ability to exceed the daily mileage requirement, and we are still playing the long game, confident that our speed will increase as we go on. Our weight is decreasing by about 6 kilos per day, and already feels more like a rowing boat and less like a fully laden barge."
Highly experienced tactical weather expert Mike Broughton is confident that the team will see a big improvement in the wind direction;
"By Friday the wind had already swung around to the North meaning that the team were able to set a course to the South, although this is not ideal, the team are making progress towards far more favourable weather, it is never easy to predict too far into the future but all of the data is supporting a return to fast conditions on Sunday and for at least a week after that."
Tom Rendell reports that the crew is still in good spirits;
"We have two Peter Bird's on the trip. One shares the tiny locker in the bows of the boat with me, but our new "Peter" is a very graceful Storm Petrel, predictably named Peter the Petrel, who stays with the boat for most of the day. A turtle was sighted momentarily on Saturday, and today two more birds have come in close to join us for a short while. This morning I spotted some flying fish playing off the stern. Small visits like this make a big difference to morale. As do all the messages of support. They all make a big difference to our spirit and help keep us focused on bringing another small piece of maritime history back where it belongs!"