“0730hrs (Tokyo), Wednesday 16 05 2012
36 02.436 N, 150 45.170 E, Cabin Temp 22 C, Batteries 13Amp.
Still riding the Kuroshio current , heading North East with the assistance of a southerly wind swinging round to the south west later. Miserable grey sky and rain.
I suspect I only have a few more days in the Kuroshio current, then it will be row, row, row… providing wind is not against me.
My next major waypoint “Pac 2″ is 1195nm away as the crow flies, on a bearing of 067. I wonder how long it will take to get (near) there!!!”
“0620hrs (Tokyo), Thursday 17 05 2012
36 21.550 N, 151 30.206 E, Cabin Temp 23.5 C, Batteries 12.5 Amp.
Admin done – breakfast (porridge, coffee), cleaned footwell, checked watermaker locker, sent emails, sorted kit out in cabin after yesterday/last night’s bumpy ride.
Hot, sunny day today, will need plenty of water and breaks, but will need to push on eastwards (wind is Westerly 5mph from 0900-1800 )
On this day two years ago, Dave T. and Chris C were killed in an air crash in Afghanistan. RIP guys.
1750hrs – knackered. Not a huge distance rowed, probably about 25nm or so. Good hot scran “Babottie” by ‘Back Country Cuisine’ – recommend it!
So, am through the £11k mark (raised for charity – Give Them a Sporting Chance and Toe in The Water) and Discovery Channel (video www.youtube.com/DiscoveryChannelPart1) was a success – awesome! Chuffed to bits!”
“0650hrs (Tokyo), Friday 18 05 2015 (end of week 2)
36 33.848 N, 151 43.773 E, Cabin Temp 18.1 C, Batteries 12.4 Amp.
So, next 6-9hrs look to be rubbish conditions, a minor defeat in the big scheme of things.
Going to be a long day That said, seeing dolphins yesterday and getting them on video was great! And scran last night was fantastic!
So, looking at weather forecast, I should look to row from 1500-1615hrs. Hot wets, scran, video diary, then row on again until 2100hrs and push east and recover lost ground. At least wind is in my favour until 0900hrs (approx).”
“0500hrs (Tokyo), Saturday 19 05 2012
36 44.605 N, 151 44.190 E, Cabin Temp 21.7 C, Batteries 12.4 Amp.
1640hrs, on drogue. Although wind is north westerly, waves are all over the place. Will be an uncomfortable night again, heading south, south west.
YellowBrick 3 (YB3) not working. YB2 activated. Not receiving text from today. Hopefully be able to row tomorrow morning and push north east. Nice (1st) email from Lizzie today :)”
“0600hrs (Tokyo), Sunday 20 05 2012
36 39.346 N, 151 58.442 E, Cabin Temp 19.6 C, Batteries 12.4 Amp.
Good night’s sleep and was up at 0400hrs. Disappointed to see I’ve made another loop – in fact this morning, feel a bit pi**ed off and generally unhappy. No idea why. Had a chat with myself to buck my ideas up. Thought about those whom have sent me positive messages. Looked at notes/messages on cabin roof. All helps.
It’s a grey, dreary day. Foul weather kit on. Need to make some progress. Been sat in this area too long now. Time to crack on.
Target today – 14.4nm – no where near achieved. 5nm (DMG) max.
F*cking hard mentally – really. This (poor weather) will last until until Thursday. As Leo would say, ‘Need to keep you sh*t together.’
Tomorrow’s another day…