Big Blue and her crew of 16 will depart Morocco in early January 2011 and arrive in Barbados less than 33 days later to claim the fastest Atlantic crossing by OAR. No motors or sails, Big Blue is entirely human powered. The crew of 16 will row 2 hours on and 2 hours off, for the nearly 800 hours they are at sea. They will be rowing non-stop and unsupported!
ok, yet another BigBlue update:-). Sylvain called this am...35 knot NE winds have been sending huge waves over the boat, flooding the oar stations and sending the oars flying (one was broken and many oar handles have hit the rowers hard). they had to stop rowing as a result. conditions are tough...they're hoping to be back on the oars soon, hoping the winds will change...
Just talked to the hairy dude via sat phone and the crew is thinking they'll be hitting Barbados the 27th or 28th of this month! They're still having bad weather but at least now it's blowing them in the right direction.
Big Blue is now covering around 100 miles a day and the weather forecast for the next week is very favourable with 20 – 25 knot winds and waves from the North East. You can leave messages for the crew at the Big Blue Guestbook at http://www.bigbluerow.com/Guestbook.php
The Guestbook has hit 150 entries! To send a message to the crew via guestbook, click on the guestbook page on The Big Blue Row Website and fill out the form on the bottom of the page. The Crew likes the messages!
Spot has not tracked for hours I sent a message to the boat requesting a battery change.
2011 02 02 Over 100 Miles in a Day by Angela 2/2/11 Latest news from the website The wind has started blowing the right direction and Big Blue is moving! Angela set a waypoint at 8pm and 23 hours later they had gone 101 nautical miles (116 miles) in 23hours!
Steve Roedde called home and asked me to post a blog to update all of you on Big Blue. Transmission by sat. phones are challenging and I could hear the wind that they were dealing with over the line. They've not had any favourable weather thus far and this is impeding their progress. At this point they were expecting to experience the trade windsto help propel them forward, but so far no such luck. Today they are in 15 (or 50) knot winds, mainly headwinds. However, although not what they expected, the crew is for the most part remaining positive, great friendships are being forged, no significant physical problems. The boat is comfortable and roomy, except when they are on sea anchor and all have to fit into the cabin. They are still planning to continue to the Barbados.