Day 43 (Mon 15 Feb 1330 - Tue 16 Feb 1330)
The start of week seven, day 43 was the best start to a week yet with a combined DMG of 1300nm, an indication that the crews are progressing nicely with an Easterly breeze. While the winds are not the strongest seen over the last 7 weeks, they are none the less contusive to rowing and will assist the crews towards Antigua.
Charlie Pitcher is now within touching distance of the final time zone change to -4 GMT, and with that will be within 10 degrees of the finish line. He is currently rowing just over a degree west each day, so could conceivably make land within a week.
Having recently celebrated both the halfway point and Valentines Day Charlie Marlow and Mathew Mackaness on Roberto Coin are now making a concerted effort to climb back up the leader board. Having held a podium position in the fleet and in class, they had seen their position fall to a low of 8th and 6th in fleet and class respectively. However, recent days progress has seen them pass a couple of crews and are now sitting a little over 100nm behind the leading pair.
Explore the women’s pair, having discovered a new orange jelly fish in the ocean – which turned out to be a Sainsbury’s plastic bag, will also be looking to push back up the leader board having dropped a few places in as many days.
The next few days of favourable conditions could see new boundaries in the DMG stakes. The current highest is a touch under 1500nm for a 24 hour period, but this could be eclipsed during the week as crews assert themselves towards the finish.