Day 19: Elsa’s wind problem…

In today’s update, Elsa introduces us to her cooking facilities, and writes about her wind troubles…

Feeling ok but quite frustrated as I lie in my smelly sweaty cabin being tossed around by the sea anchor. This morning was one of the best I’ve had. The sea is noticeably turning more blue, the sun was out, and I managed a whole poo without a wave hitting me. I rowed hard, and managed to maintain a route just west of south (just), even thigh it was pretty slow. Sadly, the wind either changed or picked up after lunch though, and by mid afternoon I was struggling to get anything close to south. Pushing my hardest I was still going east, which was majorly frustrating, as otherwise conditions were so much better than they have been. The waves are smaller today too and I was enjoying rowing in the sun. Reluctantly, I’ve got the sea anchor out, and am going to try some tactical nighttime rowing. It’s critical that I don’t lose too much to the east right now, as I try to make a push out towards the trades, but that’s definitely easier said that done. It’s not until I’ve gone through the whole palaver of getting the sea anchor in, the rudder out, the oar about and tied on, and all my wet weather gear and harness on, that I can actually find out if the wind will let me make any progress west, or if I again have to wait until later. I cannot wait until I’m going the right way, with the wind behind me!

I promise to start writing more interesting blogs soon, too, that don’t just consist of me moaning about how far east I am…

The last few days I’ve been rowing in silence, enjoying the space in my head and the thoughts that come up and disappear again. I’ve found that, at the moment, cabin time is when I appreciate something to listen to, particularly when I’m being thrown around a lot. Most listened to things at the moment are Dad’s Army and Faure’s Requiem – both really able to take me away from the crashing waves and help me breathe through each time the boat is lifted up and then slammed down hard.

Oar repair is currently holding up fine. I’ve no doubt I’ll have to do more repairs and upkeep to it as I go, but the fact that I’m able to row with it right now is brilliant (or would be if I could row in the right direction!).

As ever – comments, messages and emails are making such a difference to me every time I get them. Thank you everyone who is supporting and sending good wishes – your words really keep me going. Also thank you to everyone who has been admin the wind to change, blowing towards my boat, willing me westward, and cheering out to sea – let’s hope the winds start listening soon!

Finally, a little peek at life on the Pacific – check out my kitchen!

The kitchen: Elsa's JetBoil stove Breakfast!

Elsa’s kitchen: her JetBoil stove on its gimbal; and Expedition Foods breakfast!

Campaign manager Steve says: Elsa is racking up the miles, having covered 350 nautical miles in actual distance, but only having reached mile 49 on the direct-line route is psychologically challenging. She is doing fantastically though – turn on the wind data on the tracker, and the plan is clear: as long as she keeps heading as west of south as she can, she’ll be hitting the more favourable trade winds in no time.

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5 thoughts on “Day 19: Elsa’s wind problem…

  1. Hi Elsa’s – and we think the change on weather here is something to moan about! Your determination is amazing & I look forward to your updates. I can’t begin to imagine the conditions you are fighting but I’m sure the wind will be helping you soon & progress towards your goal will get ever closer. Your in my thoughts & such an inspiration in all the little things that we face in every day life. Take care, keep strong xx


  2. Go on Elsa, forget about the blogs and do what you need to do, be a fair wether blogger and concentrate on the task in hand. Yer doing brilliant!


  3. Well done, Elsa! Just keep plowing onward. Before too long the wind will circle around and help you. You’re doing a great job of staying offshore, hey! Good news is that they’ve retrieved Jim Bauer’s boat “Liv” — just in the nick of time, as the winds had pushed it to within 200m of the rocks at Point Conception when they nabbed it. See? You’re keeping well clear of the rocks! You’re not doing nothing. Next they’re going after “Bo.” Does your boat have a name? Have you named any of the objects on board? I imagine there might be some literary epithets that have gotten attached to, say, things you stub your toe on, or something that’s a lifesaver but a pain in the arrears. Nice little gimbal you’ve got for the stove, by the way. Nifty. Oh, and I did some research and found out that by far the most numerous dolphin species offshore is the striped dolphin, one I’ve never seen, since they’re always 200 miles or more out. So there’s a goal for you — see something your local naturalist hasn’t! (As if you didn’t have enough of goals.) Onward, Elsa! 😀 Keep those big ships under your thumb, too. — Kate, who’s still waiting for her boat to be repaired and sailing vicariously through you


  4. Well done Elsa you are totally amazing! 🙂 I hope you continue to do well and the wind is ever in your favour! Thinking of you back here in Faversham. Stay safe and keep rowing xxx


  5. Hi elsa, we met in Baldwin Street last year, my grand kids raced each other on your rowing machines. They are (as I am) in awe of what you are achieving. It’s a job to comprehend what you are experiencing. We follow your blogs and progress with intensity.


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