Row4Ocean Christmas Safari

Rowing, Sports — By on December 24, 2018 at 1:49 PM

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Row4Ocean Christmas Safari

DAKAR TO PARAMARIBO – 2305nm
Row4Ocean – World Record Attempt to row 2305nm in under 27 Days. Africa to South America. Port of Departure: Dakar, Senegal, Africa – Port of Arrival: Paramaribo, Suriname, South America.

Team: Patrick Bol, Lewis Knollman,Andrew Ruinoff, Matt Wilds.

 

Day 11 Report: 1200 UTC Monday 24 December, 2018

On Christmas Eve at 1200 UTC the Row4Ocean team was 800 miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean in their quest to break multiple Atlantic rowing records and raise awareness from plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. Over the festive season, the four-man team will be in one of the remotest places on earth but they are not alone.

“The weather has somewhat changed in the last day or so: less wind, flatter seas and cloud cover,” commented Nick Legatta from Supertramp. “Year of Zayed has used this to their advantage by taking a more direct westerly route. The wind is due to pick up over the next few days, and speed their progress to the finish line. We have seen the boys fishing off-watch, especially Matt (Wilds) and Andrew (Ruinoff). Matt got a huge Mahi Mahi on the line, one of the biggest I have ever seen, but the big bull got away, so I guess it will be freeze-dried dining for Christmas Day for the team.”
Library picture Pilot Whales by A.Hisglett
The wildlife safari has been amazing as Nick Leggatt continues: “Last night it was very calm, we were about 50 metres from “Year of Zayed” when we saw Pilot Whales surfacing between us, they were so close we could hear them breathing, at sunrise we saw a large number of them.”
Library picture: Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish.
“Unfortunately one encounter with wildlife has left rower Matt Wilds with more soreness to go with his sore back and hands. “Matt had his hand over the side of the boat and it got wrapped by a Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish. He is okay but it was painful for a while. We should be able to cheer them up though; we have lots of messages from their families to give them for Christmas.”
Nick Leggatt also reported that the team have seen several large container ships in the last few days: “We are in one of the busiest shipping routes between Africa and South America, just yesterday three ships were close by, Year of Zayed was in contact with them over the VHF, and two of th ships kindly altered course to give them some sea room – very hospitable.”

Row4Ocean is raising awareness of plastic pollution in our oceans. According to reports, 8 billion kilos of plastic are dumped into the ocean every year, that’s a staggering 22,000,000 kilos of plastic every day; 900,000 kilos of plastic per hour; the equivalent of 60 container loads each weighing 15 tons. No wonder our beaches are covered in plastic debris. The problem will be with us for generations. Over the course of time the sun breaks down plastic into micro plastics. Fish and other marine life end up with plastic in their digestive system, which eventually makes it into the human food chain.

The ROW4OCEAN team will be sending regular reports from the Atlantic Ocean via satellite link.

Stay up-to-date with the #Row4Ocean expedition by following their activities directly on:
Website – Row4Ocean.com
Instagram – @row4ocean
Facebook – Row4Ocean

Watch this space for updates on the crew and join us in wishing them all the best for a safe and secure voyage.
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