Day Thirty Nine of Indian Ocean Row
The last few days have seen a few changes aboard No Great Shakes. We went from flying along past a ‘2000 miles to Mauritius’ sign posts to practically coming to a standstill.
We trimmed the boat which means redistributing supplies we have left over evenly throughout the storage lockers to make sure the boat remains flat and we have seen better speed. As soon as we had finished, we hit a mini head current and slowed to a crawl, it was like going through treacle and very demoralising after two days of good mileage.
We plodded on and was rewarded with two spectacular sunsets and beautiful starry nights to help pass the time slogging away at the oars. Robin carried out some repairs on the stroke seat and foot plate. It took him a while but the improvement to the person rowing is huge.
Last night we waited for a high-pressure system to move through and southerly winds to replace westerly winds to help push us towards Mauritius.
We have also changed shift buddies so James is with Robin and Billy with Barry. It will give us a chance to mix it up and spend some time doing different strokes – we’ll swap back again in a week.
This challenge has firmly tested all of the crew both physically and mentally and continues to do so.
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