'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the fleet, not an oarsman was stirring.....

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Days 11 and 12 and the passage of a low system just north of the fleet has brought adverse winds from the south with south west to westerly winds (see weather map). Michelle along with the rest of the fleet has moved south before this hits. A couple of boats are still further north and would be in these higher adverse winds. The sea state is NW swells at 2.8 - 3.2mtr and building, however the interval between them is 12secs which helps a little when rowing through them.
Michelle has been struggling to hold a westerly course and decided to stop for the night like many others. She’s locked the rudder midships, rather than use the autopilot, and is conserving her power which is proving to be a problem throughout the fleet. She was extremely tired but her spirits were lifted when Tony explained to our ‘non competitive girl’ (SURE!!!!!) that most boats had stopped well before her and that she was certainly not alone in sitting out the low.

Tomorrow is Christmas Day and winds should be from the north under 10kts, building slowly to the NE for the remainder of the week. Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and hopefully everyone will raise a glass to toast to of her effort so far. I’m sure she’d be thrilled.

Courtesy of Tony Roberts (Designated Person Ashore)

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