Dom Mee contacted the shore team today confirming that the team had no option but to deploy the sea anchor last night (23.01.07). Rowing into a headwind of more than ten knots is futile, even at full speed the boat will go backwards against the force of the wind.
The sea anchor is a parachute which is set in the water and acts as a drogue.
Dom Mee explained; “Unfortunately, as suspected, we have experienced headwinds for the first time since the start of the expedition. We have been forced to put out the sea anchor. The team are taking a well earned rest after over a week of rowing but obviously the current situation is not ideal. The lads remain focused and moral onboard is good. We are looking forward to getting back on the oars and catching up on the miles we are losing, we may be the only rowing boat out here but we are racing against the clock.”
“The weather forecast for the next few days looks good and we should be able to make up the lost time, the whole team has done a cracking job so far and we are determined to get to Barbados and break that world record.”