Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (32)

The Temperature’s Rising

11th February 2019

The wind has started to pick back up again today, I hope it will continue to develop over the next few days. If it does it will mean a nice swift passage for the last third of the crossing. 

I can feel that the temperature is rising too, in the evenings now it’s quite a nice warm breeze coming through. I still have to put a jacket on of a nighttime but then I do feel the cold.

There has been a real increase in the amount of seaweed, it goes past in great big long runs. At one point I realised I was sat in the middle of half a rugby pitch size patch, I slowed right down as I tried to drag the boat through it.

I really hoped that none of it ended up round the rudder as that would mean getting back in to clear it.

I check the bottom of the boat every few days using my GoPro camera on a stick, so a lot of my footage is of the bottom of the boat. I will have to check it all when I get back in case there was something lurking in the background that I missed!

Once through the field of seaweed I did the same with my camera and was pleased to see it was clear. 

I am not really sure what time zone I am in now? My phone has not updated so is still on UK time, by my phone sunrise is now 9am and sunset is 9pm so don’t think I am that far out, maybe a few hours. 

I have now eaten all the fruit, cheese and chocolate (the chocolate went the day after) I am really sad about that. Eating the oranges was such an amazing treat from the usual food. With the cheese I was giving myself a piece every two hours as a treat, so that did not last too long either.

The good news is I have a beer left, I am still saving this for my last sunset. 

Everything is still good, although, I am keeping up my stretching as I am definitely feeling the effects now. I think I might sleep for England when I get back.

There is not much more to report today, other than rowing a lot and staying positive. Keeping my fingers crossed for a trouble free remainder of the crossing.

Take care, and night night


  1. Dan Fanning on February 12, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    Keep your eye on the prize! I rode a 500 mile day in the Baja of Mexico with the Sea of Cortez off my left hand. The whole time I was thinking of my sail boat. The day was sooo hot and long and by the end I felt every little bump. In the Baja it’s so dry they can see you coming on a motorcycle from miles away due to the dust cloud that comes from hauling a$$. When I arrived my hostess was waiting out front with an ice cold beer for me. It literally had ice clinging to the bottle. That was, without a doubt, the best beer I ever had and I will never forget it.
    Dawn, I hope yours is just as good! We all know you have more than earned it!

    Head down, wind up!!
    You got this all the way to Barbados!!
    Dan and Kelly

  2. Specks on February 12, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    Keep going smithy you are amazing !!! Xxx

  3. Liz Morgan on February 13, 2019 at 7:28 am

    Keep up the amazing work Dawn. Absolutely love reading your brilliant blogs. You rock xxxx

  4. Fisky on February 13, 2019 at 9:18 am

    Keep it going Dawny. Last big push now, think of the chocolate and wine you can have in Barbados !!!!! Be strong and may the ‘wind god’ be on your side. X 💪🏼💪🏼

  5. Sonia Harding on February 13, 2019 at 9:54 am

    Row Dawn row – we are with you in spirit xxxx

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