Dr Evil’s Secret Lair (Click To Enlarge)
Today we woke, had breakfast and then hauled in the sea anchor (using the trip line) and got on with some very decent rowing. Despite a slight headwind and waves coming against Bo we’re making very reasonable speeds.
Just as we started taking to the oars the sea me started to beep. A ship was nearby. We looked but couldn’t see anything. After an hour Mick called out as he could see it but it looked weird. He was certainly right.
Over the next few hours we closed in on what according to our VHF conversation was SBX-1 a research vessel but before we could invite ourselves onboard for lunch or even just if they could lower us a few burgers and chips they told us that we were not to come within 3nm of their position. Rather difficult with our manouvourability and speed.
Eventually about lunchtime there was the noise of engines in the air and this huge structure started to look very sprightly indeed and in under 45 minutes had gone over the horizon. Bizarre, strange and certainly a one off.
Maybe it was a research vessel, maybe it was a US missile listening post or maybe just maybe it was Dr Evil’s secret on water lair.
Chris & Mick travelled 20.5 miles East-North-East (heading 57.0°) on day 99
They ended 2417.4 miles from San Francisco (19.6 miles closer than yesterday)
They covered miles 2645 to 2663 of the trip
Their average pace so far has been 26.9 miles/day towards San Francisco
They have 89.8 days remaining at this rate, so would arrive in San Francisco on 12 Nov 2009
Their target heading for the shortest route to San Francisco is East-North-East (heading 74.5°)
See where the boat is
A spot of Wikipedia research has uncovered this: “Sea-Based X-Band Radar is a floating, self-propelled, mobile radar station designed to operate in high winds and heavy seas. It is part of the U.S. Defense Department Ballistic Missile Defense System.”
It’s Sacrifice Time
Thank you so much for all the sacrifices that you’re going to make at noon today. We’re going to sacrifice a couple of tea bags and those of you who know us well will instantly realise the depth of that as a sacrifice.
Please can you all make your sacrifices at 12-noon British Time (BST) today (Saturday 15th August), then note what you’ve sacrificed in the comments.