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Two of the UK “Ocean Sheroes” were there to welcome the boys.
Some more photos
They look a bit different from when they left the UK! A few beards, sunburn and some lovely 1980’s style highlights (Si).
At just after 10pm local Oahu time, the Endurance Limits team passed the finish line at Diamond Head, Oahu.
Today brought the crew both joy and sadness.
Would you believe me if I told you their auto helm packed up an hour ago? Completely died.
We have made the 200 miles to go mark!
As we push closer and closer there is always the nagging feeling that the mighty Pacific is not quite finished with you yet.
Well… it was inevitable after their delayed start, but today is Si’s birthday and he gets to spend it at sea!
As we’ve mentioned before, our progress has been dictated by the conditions.
The winds have turned slightly more in our favour and picked up.
We’re on the run in!! We are typically covering 60+ nautical miles per day and if we can sustain this we will arrive at Waikiki yacht club on the 11th.
The boys officially entered the last 1/3 of their epic Pacific crossing today – 769 miles to go.
The day was progressing with choppy but favourable conditions. A quiet and overcast morning with Josh and Si at the oars and Arron and Darren getting some well-deserved rest.
Not a huge amount to report today… we keep plugging away.
Things are on the up… weather has turned, currents are gently pushing the team along, and the ocean has flattened.
It’s tough… morale is up and down for everyone as the thankless task continues. However, we have made it across the halfway line today.
We will be at the halfway point in terms of distance tomorrow (today).
Going continues to be tough. Wind is favourable, but swell is mainly southerly.
It’s been a busy few days pushing ourselves back on track.
We’ve recently had this update from Darren…
The boys were on para-anchor fixing a power problem; all solved now, and everyone is having a good day.
They’ve hit a waypoint that’s turned them west, so they are now heading for Hawaii at last.
The Endurance Limits team are traveling South-West, trying to undercut a weather front that is moving in.
Ok, so the boys are tapping along at 3 knots, heading south west in blazing sunshine and relative nice waters.
Due to the power issues, we’ve been having with solar and battery storage we’ve been on minimum systems, so only powering up the BGAN for the first time. Here’s a little update:
We’ve heard from the boys and got a bit more information about what has been happening.
The boys have lost power, after their batteries were fully depleted.
Darren, Aaron, Simon & Josh finally set out from Monterey late on 31st May.
We’ve spent the last few weeks preparing our boat.
Rowing across the Pacific requires an enormous amount of planning, organisation, and training. Many who have attempted similar challenges have said they would have thought twice had they known what was really involved.
Theoretically you don’t need any experience, or specialist knowledge, before getting in a rowing boat and setting off across thousands of miles of open ocean. In fact, many people who decide to row an ocean have neither rowed nor sailed before.
But the Pacific is a dangerous and unforgiving place. Help is rarely close by and the costs involved of sending planes out, or diverting commercial shipping is substantial. If things go wrong, we wouldn’t just be risking our own lives, but also the lives of those who might try to assist us.
It doesn’t matter how worthy the cause, or how crazy the challenge being undertaken, raising money is always difficult.
2020 has so far brought us a pandemic, a lockdown, economic recession, political unrest, growing racial tensions and the creeping environmental catastrophe of global warming and ocean plastic pollution. I think it’s fair to say that things haven’t gone as hoped so far for the year. Not quite an apocalypse, but it’s felt that way for many at various times.
To reach our goal, we need YOU ONBOARD!
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