Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (15)

Heading North

27th January 2019
Looks like I am in for a sunny day today. So lots of water made, batteries charged, and iPods to the ready. Only problem is still this wind!

The wind is now coming from the south making it firstly slow progress, and secondly pushing me northwards, which is the opposite to what I have been trying to achieve over the past two weeks. I was quite impressed with my almost perfect circle I created whilst on para anchor though!

I start off making reasonable progress against the wind, but as the wind strength increased throughout the day it became more difficult to row against it. Going northwards is not ideal but at least I am making forward progress. On para anchor I would not be making any headway at all. 

So the day really consisted of nice sun, good tunes but slow going. Monday night should be when the winds start to turn so hopefully if I keep pushing on I will be in a good position to start picking up speed again. 

I have been getting word that there is so much support out there, especially changes people are making to help reduce single use plastics. I can’t thank you enough, it really makes all this worth while. I have been hearing of community beach cleans, changes to shopping habits and so much great work happening. I am so honoured that what I am doing really is making a difference.

Today I saw a green plastic bottle float past, unfortunately too far to grab it. I thought to myself that I am in a spot on earth where very few humans have ever been and yet we have managed to pollute it. The changes we are all making all add to the bigger picture to make the planet a better place for us all. 

Thank you again for getting behind me.

  1. Allan Blackburn on January 28, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Wotcha Dawn. Good to hear you in good spirits, As regards plastic in the oceans it make’s you wonder how much gets jettisoned from cruise ships as it is only on trust that they don’t. What you are doing raises the profile and it does seem to be getting through. Well done for that. You have great support from people you will never know or meet behind you, so keep that to mind. Bye for now from the chilly but bright I o W. Take care.

  2. Barry Smith Essex UK on January 28, 2019 at 10:06 pm

    Hi Allan,
    On Dawn’s behalf I’d like to thank you most sincerely for your comments. You are absolutely right, there are people all over the country and abroad that have sent amazing message such as your own to support & encourage Dawn on her Challenge. She is extremely grateful to friends old & ‘new’. Thanks also for indicating your location, which helps show how widespread the ‘word’ is reaching. Rotary Clubs in Suffolk, Burnham on Crouch & Barbados have agreed an ‘International Hand Shake’ to support Dawn in her mission to rid the oceans of discarded plastic to protect our marine ecosystem. Do I hear the I.o.W.? A message received today indicated Barbados are to ban certain single-use plastics – where next it’s up to us!! Go Dawny Go to Barbados!
    All the best from Jaime, Sheila, Zoe, Gary & Barry (Row Aurora HQ (freezing Essex UK)

  3. Christopher Neal on January 28, 2019 at 11:07 pm

    Hi Dawn, Pray you’ll soon have the wind blowing you in the right direction, so impressed you’re toughing it out against the current adverse puff, you’ve got this 🙂 Blessings Chris

    • Barry Smith Essex UK on January 29, 2019 at 11:55 am

      Hi Christopher,
      On behalf of Dawn many thanks for your prayers for our ‘little girl’ they are very much appreciated. Dawn informed us this morning that the wind direction has changed in her favour but it is a light wind. Which is far better than 20 knot head wind. Our grateful thanks from Dawn & her family for following her and taking the time to send her encouraging posts to help her with the Challenge. Keep the prayers and the posts coming!!
      Go… Dawny… Go… to Barbados!
      Many thanks Jaime, Sheila, Zoe, Gary & Barry (Row Aurora HQ chilly Essex UK)

  4. daniel speller on January 29, 2019 at 7:02 pm

    epic blogs dawn

    • Barry Smith Essex UK on January 30, 2019 at 10:19 am

      Hi Daniel,
      On Dawn’s behalf may we thank you so much for your comment and agree with you 100%. Dawn in return thanks you and everyone for your ‘epic’ support – it spurs her on and keeps her spirits high .
      Go Dawny Go to Barbados.
      Regards from Jaime, Sheila, Zoë, Gary & Barry (Row Aurora HQ Essex UK)

  5. Sonia Harding on January 30, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Hi Dawn did you get our message about Isle of Arran Scotland being the first community to go plastic free – keep rowing xxx

    • Barry Smith ( Essex UK) on January 30, 2019 at 10:54 pm

      Hi Sonia,
      Many thanks for your most welcome message, it’s absolutely brilliant!! It’s just what Dawn wants to hear …..1st Isle of Arran next Barbados please keep this momentum going.
      We are trying to get an ‘International Handshake’ set-up with Rotary Clubs across the world to spread the word as far and wide as possible. Thank you, Scotland,
      Go Dawny row to Barbados.
      All the best Jaime, Sheila, Zoë, Gary & Barry (Row Aurora HQ a bit snowy Essex UK)

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