The British Ocean Rowing Team are back on track, the move south has paid off for the team and they are now experiencing tail winds from the north west. Sunday 28th January was day fourteen of the attempt to break the Trans-Atlantic rowing record and the team posted their best mileage so far; 97 miles. More importantly, in a westerly direction towards Barbados.
Dom Mee had missed a sat. phone call on Saturday and the shore team were worried about a communication problem onboard but the team captain reported in on Sunday with good news;
“We got hit by some fairly big waves which drenched the satellite antennae, no dramas though, one spray with Innotec AS1500 and she was good as new. The wind has swung around to our starboard quarter and we are caning the miles, after being dogged by headwinds.
We are now up against it but the lads are determined to make up the lost miles and get to Barbados by the 18th February, there was a big cheer on board as we rowed passed the 1,000 mile mark. It was always going to be a tough record to beat but if anybody can do it, it will be this team, we have been pacing ourselves and now have the benefit of a good rest. If the weather holds there is no doubt that this team can step up the pace.”
The team have 11 days to row approximately 1100 miles, they need to average one hundred miles a day. The weather looks set to give the team a sleigh ride into Barbados and the Royal Marines Reservists have been pacing themselves for a sprint finish. Wednesday 31st January will be half way through the 35 day target.