Day 33 (Fri 05 Feb 1330 - Sat 06 Feb 1330)
The last few days has seen excellent progress by the fleet, having exceeded an average DMG of 40nm per crew for 3 days. This continued distance means that the leading pairs crews of Karukera and QBE Insurance Challenger are due to pass the halfway point in the next couple of days, with Vivaldi (Rames Dames) – leading the fours class – hot on the pairs stern.
The weather has sadly turned again through this weekend with a low pressure system passing over the fleet. While winds are turning and maybe Southerly, or Westerly in places, wind speeds are low and crews should overcome them to enable them to continue to row. This system should pass by the end of the weekend with Easterly winds forecast all of next week, so while crews may slow over Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February they shouldn’t stop.
There are also some close battles across the fleet. QBE Insurance Challenger have been closing in on the lead pair of Karukera over the last few days and will surely be hoping to lead the pairs class for the first time since days 7 and 8 soon. At the opposite end of the table the solo rowers of Sean McGowan and James Ketchell, having seen the worst of the weather over the last week are exchanging positions as they look to close back in on the fleet.
Elsewhere the crew of Explore, following the bad weather last week are now 80nm behind the women’s British record, but are again closing in at an average of 15nm per day and crew of Beech Boys Atlantic, having been within 90nm of the father/son record are now trailing it by over 200nm, but again they continue to close in on the record and should make big moves on this over the next week.
Finally, now that the record is out of reach Britannia III plan to row into Port St. Charles, on the north west coast of Barbodos, rather than travelling down to Bridgetown. With this change in mind, the Britannia III crew now have 350nm to row to complete their Atlantic crossing and are expected to make land in just 5 days.