Today has been a funny mixed day. It’s been fantastic to have smaller seas and light winds – I had a glimpse of what it might be like later on in the journey. A bit of a break from being constantly battered has been really welcome, and it’s been so warm and un-splashy that I rowed for a lot of the day in just my long sleeved top and salopettes, without the waterproof top. However, the wind and waves, though light, seem to have moved round even more so they are headed due east, and even slightly north. Not quite what the forecast said, and really frustrating as I’m now rowing almost directly into the oncoming waves, and making slow progress. Each time I break for something to eat we start moving east or worse.
Bottom left is the distance to my next waypoint, bottom right is the direction my boat is pointing, top right is the direction it’s actually travelling, and top left is the speed (which was often up to 0.9 or more).
It’s been a struggle to hold on to any of my hard-won miles today, and I can’t deny I’m feeling a bit miffed about this latest set-back.
Progress this afternoon was made worse by the repair on my oar coming apart, so my first task for the morning is to get going with a more drastic repair before I can set off. I think my hacksaw is going to see some action.
Two fishy updates:
1. I checked my water intake tank today, to make sure I’d definitely got all the fish out yesterday. I had, but on closer inspection it looks like they’ve laid eggs on some of the walls and the handle etc. Is this likely? Do fish lay eggs and then leave them? Anyone know anything about this? I’ve cleaned it out as best I can – hoping I won’t be seeing tiny baby fish in my water anytime soon 🙂
2. Just as I was packing things down on deck at the end of my shift this evening, I noticed a dark shape over the side of the boat. Looking into the water, I saw a small shark, about half a metre long – a baby? It was pretty cute, but I hope it doesn’t have a hungry mummy too close by…