Last night the tuna escort continued long into the early hours of the morning. It was strange to look down into the dark depths of the ocean and see around 400 tuna swimming alongside. Although as soon as I stopped rowing to take a picture they just carried on, did a loop and kept looping round until I took to the oars again. It seems these guys just don’t like standing (or should that be swimming?) still. There was barely a wave on the ocean and the moon was just past full meaning that only a handful of stars could be seen alongside the planets. There wasn’t a sound at all coming from the seas movement against Bo’s hull. It was really rather spooky but quite beautiful and something that neither video nor photos could show.
The only other news from yet another roasting hot and very still day at the oars is that since the fire we’ve noticed that the charge going into our batteries has reduced somewhat. In truth this might have happened earlier but we’ve only been all to aware of it since the fire. We’ve investigated at a top line level but couldn’t find anything that was definately wrong. Just before lunch I decided to go at it with screwdrivers drawn to solve the problem. It turns out that one of the large panels at the front of Bo and a smaller one at the rear just weren’t working at all. The one at the rear shows signs of the same discolouration that was shown by the panel that caused the fire but the one at the front looks flawless. The upshot of it all is that we have slightly less power than we had before and have to be a little more cautious with how we use it. Considering we now have the same amount of power as the average boat doing the Atlantic race at the start (but with 3 hours of less darkness) this is less of a problem than it could be and we just need to be cautious in the future.
Chris & Mick travelled 40.4 miles East-North-East (heading 72.9°) on day 95
They ended 2467.4 miles from San Francisco (40.4 miles closer than yesterday)
They covered miles 2574 to 2613 of the trip
Their average pace so far has been 27.5 miles/day towards San Francisco
They have 89.7 days remaining at this rate, so would arrive in San Francisco on 8 Nov 2009
Their target heading for the shortest route to San Francisco is East-North-East (heading 73.8°)
See where the boat is
Plenty of sponsors to thank today - this seems to be a very popular section of their trip:
- Remingium Lodge 7343 who’ve sponsored a total of 20 miles, 4 of them covered today (2580, 2590, 2609, 2620).
- Lee and Sherry Bruce who sponsored miles 2601-2608 - Lee is the crew’s weather man, and would like to politely remind the crew that he is in sales, not production.
- Richard Stagg who sponsored miles 2610.
- And Blake Gladman who sponsored mile 2612.
Thank you all.
Would you like to sponsor a mile?