Day 3 at sea
Hi from the Ocean!!
Sorry it’s taken a while to write, but I have been pushing hard and getting my sea legs the last few days. Everything is twice as much work at sea!
So where were we….?
5th January – the day is here!!
I managed to get a reasonable nights sleep last night. Off to the marina for 8am to put the last of my kit on board, including fresh bananas and pasta for the first few days. It was wonderful to be met by lots of smiling faces who had come to wave me off.
I gave everyone a hug and said my goodbyes. For me I did not really say a lot! I got in the boat and for the first time started to feel a bit nervous.
I was not really sure it was really happening. As Angus untied my lines and pushed me off I whispered to him “oh, I am actually doing this then?!?!”
I rowed out of the marina and headed straight onto a course of 200. I could see Jaime for about half an hour (he didn’t wave the whole time) until eventually the features of the land began to disappear.
I had a pretty uneventful day’s row, it was quite tough with the wind and waves coming from the east and I kept going for 8hrs solid before stopping for a break.
In 16 years at sea I have never suffered from sea sickness, but I definitely started to feel the effects today. Nothing serious, just a little queasy.
By night fall the island of Gran Canaria was just a silhouette in the distance with a few twinkling lights to light the restaurants on the sea front.
I plodded on into the night taking a couple of hours sleep here and there. The night sky was incredible. What a treat!
At about 11pm my ship’s radio crackled into life with my name “True Blue.” it was a sailboat coming from my starboard side. I made contact and once established our courses were safe I continued on into the night.
I survived my first night at sea. I still don’t really feel like eating, so I managed a banana, energy drink and a couple of ginger nut biscuits to keep me going.
At day break I could no longer see land. This is it, I am on my way to Barbados!!!
The day saw the wind starting to turn very slightly, this made for a tough row. I was trying to keep a course of 220 degrees. However, my auto helm could not hold the rudder against the wind. This meant I spent most of the day rowing with one oar to hold the boat into the wind. I could not stop rowing or the boat would just blow onto a course of about 280 which was way off. I just had to keep going one handed rowing for about 10hrs just to keep the boat moving in the right direction. If you look on my tracker you can see I was only making about 0.7knots all day! It was hard!
By nightfall the wind had mercy on me. It turned back a little, not a lot, but enough to be able to set my auto helm and set a course while I got a couple of hours well needed sleep!
During the night I made radio contact with a passing ship I picked up on my AIS system. They confirmed that the CPA (closest point of approach) was 1.5miles and wished me a safe passage.
Still feel a bit fuzzy headed, but much better than yesterday.
After a wash and teeth brush it was back to the oars. Thankfully I am now steering a course of 240 and the wind is more behind me, so it will be a much less stressful day’s row. There are some big rolling waves out here, surfs up!! Clocked 11kts down one beast! Look forward to showing you the footage when I get back.
Well, better get back to it.
Hopefully check in again tomorrow.