Day 86 (Tue 30 Mar 1330 - Wed 31 Mar 1330)
The Atlantic Rowing Race 2009, now 86 days old has just 5 crews left, after James Dennistoun and Sam Langmead on HOTW completed the race on Tuesday 30th March.
Of the crews that are left Roger Haines, the Indian Ocean veteran is the closest to the line, with a mere 150nm to the finish line, with Boogie Woogie, the last remaining pair’s crew at sea a further 120nm back.
The other remaining competitors of Leo Rosette, James Ketchell and Sean McGowan are 450nm, 610nm and 860nm away from the finish line respectively.
Roger was host to a shearwater seabird several days ago. After setting the ground rules he went into the cabin for a nights rest. Upon waking up he thought the bird had left, then as he stepped out of his cabin, Roger promptly stood in a ‘deposit’ left by the bird. Upon turning around Roger then saw the bird was still asleep on his cabin, where it remained for a further 3 hours, until leaving DiDi, but it continued to come back throughout the day. Roger has said that he won’t have time to clean the boat, so don’t be offended if any logos are covered in ‘deposits’.
Ole and Brian had a visit form the support yacht Aurora which they greatly enjoyed and the two of them remain in good spirits. They continue to see wildlife, including a marlin, hopefully it didn’t impale itself on their boat, like that of Limited Intelligence.
The forecast suggests winds will continue to come from the east and north east, but wind speed will fall over the next 36 hours to as little as 5 knots and then turn and come from the south and south west over the weekend.