After stopping in Las Palmas for a number of days due to weather conditions and modifications made to the vessel, the crew has now entered sea again and are headed for Cuba. The crew left Las Palmas on monday, and the conditions have been excellent for the first few days. The weather has been good, in addition to the direction of the wind being in their favor, so the crew has been rowing at a healthy 3-4 nautical miles an hour. However, the crew experienced some headwinds yesterday, which resulted in the crew altering their course a little further to the south closer to Africa, with hopes of better wind conditions tomorrow.
Other than that, the crew onboard SAGA is in a very good mood, and they are ecstatic about finally continuing the rowing expedition. The crew is feeling motivated and full of willpower to take on the challenge of rowing across the Atlantic ocean. The crew’s size was reduced from six members down to four, as two crew members remain in Las Palmas.
As of now, the crew has been rowing for three days in teams of two at a time. Along the way on the demanding journey, these brave crew members have also encountered some uncanny experiences.
- “Yesterday we were followed by a giant whale for an extended period of time. Last night we saw common dolphins following us for hours. Furthermore, we had another giant whale follow us for an extended period of time today” Said Jákup Jacobsen, crew member of SAGA.
Since the crew left bay in Portugal on the 10th of February, they have put 900 nautical miles behind them, 180 of which since they recently left Las Palmas. Onboard SAGA is a GPS tracker, so you can follow their progress in real time on www.rowforwater.org.