Day 40 (Fri 12 Feb 1330 - Sat 13 Feb 1330)
Crews made just 400nm on day 40, not just the lowest of the week, but also the 7th lowest since the start of the race, remembering most crews were on para anchor during the first few days of the race, and the best part of a week a couple of weeks ago.
However, some crews are still making miles, with both Vision of Cornwall and Yorkshire Challenger topping 30nm for the 24 hour period. Red Arrow were close behind on 29nm, climbing another place overnight and cementing their positions as crew of the week.
Crews were required to take 90 days of food when they left La Gomera, and while they are scrutineered and asked to demonstrate how their food will both last 90 days and give them enough energy each day it is the crews decision to take enough, if they want to run the risk of running out of food it is ultimately down to them. Interesting then that Charlie Pitcher has declared he only has enough food to last until 26th February, just over 50 days after leaving La Gomera – no doubt a rogue wave found its way into a food store, rendering the food inedible.
Elsewhere crews continue to see wildlife with the Beech Boys crew, Red Arrow and James Ketchell all seeing whales in the last couple of days.
Finally, ocean rowing really is all about team work during all stages of the race. A crew who are well aware of this is that of HCL Workforce 1. They detail in their recent blog the first aid assistance given to crew mates those for those ‘hard to reach’ areas. Be sure to read their blog should you wish to know the full extent of their friendship.