end of day update 25th Dec

Thrift Energy Atlantic Challenge
Sean McGuigan
Fri 25 Dec 2015 19:30
Hi all,
We’ve sorted our issues with the boat and are now trying to make progress in non ideal conditions. to go straight ahead it’s rudder full left. This effectively means that we are dragging that friction. Hard hard work. All those leg sessions over the last year paying off.
Unlike many of the better financed teams we do not have a weather router or an auto helm. Actually there’s only one other boat in the whole race who has no auto helm. For those who don’t know an auto helm steers the boat to the programmed destination for you. A weather router plans for conditions to choose the absolute optimal route. We don’t have either because money. However I would kill right about now for a detailed weather map of the section of the Atlantic that we are in for the next week which covers wind and currents. If anybody wanted to send me a few screen grabs to my Email menofiron {CHANGE TO AT} mailasail {DOT} com that wouldn’t be horrendous. Winking smile
As small an amount of pic’s as possible if you do because it takes forever to download data when using a Satellite phone as a modem. We’ve now settled in for night shift. food made, drinks ready. sleep, row, wash, eat and repeat.
thanks for the emails of support. they mean so much when you’ve no human contact.
Sean and Andy.