A lot of progress has been made, and not much remains of the long journey across the Atlantic ocean. This has boosted the morale of the crew members onboard Saga, as they are excited to put an end to their astounding undertaking. They expect to reach Cuba in 21 days, and are eager to set foot on Cuban ground. When they reached the halfway point on their journey, they celebrated with a well deserved bottle of champagne.
The crew are using some navigational aids onboard Saga, to aid their expedition across the Atlantic. However, one of the cables for a piece of equipment snapped due to high winds. Luckily, however, the crew had already prepared for this before they left, and are currently using their backup solution. This solution is not an automatic system, which means one crew member has to steer the vessel at all times. This means that currently one man is rowing while the other one is steering, just as the last time we heard from the crew.
The crew had a slight change of plans, as they decided to arrive in Antilla, which is in the south-east of Cuba. Originally the course was set towards Havana, however they made this change, so they wouldn’t need to row against the current. The crew has roughly 1300 nautical miles remaining before they reach Cuba, which is estimated to be on the 13th of May.
- We are hoping that everything will go according to plan, even though we have had a slight change of plans in regards to the location of our arrival. There is still a chance that the destination of our arrival may be changed once again, as this depends on the wind conditions and the ocean currents, says Jákup onboard Saga.
The crew has gained two travelling companions, as Gabriel and Amariel have been keeping up with Saga for two weeks, so far. These are two small brown birds, which the crew has given names to. The crew chose these names, because they were reminded of the Faroese painter, Amariel Norðoy, who is notorious for his paintings of birds and boats, and these small brown birds are reminiscent of those painted by Amariel.
You can still support our cause and make a difference. A lot of progress is being made with the construction of our second water well in Somalia. On www.rowforwater.org you can donate to our cause, as well as follow the journey of the crew onboard Saga across the Atlantic, until they reach Cuba.