And they’re done!!! See below for Thato’s day by day account. Read more
Former South African rowing team member, Thato Mabelane, will attempt a 30 day row across the Atlantic Ocean starting, Sunday, 17 January 2015, with seven other multinational rowers.
After making steady progress since his last update, Cameron has called to announce that the epic trans-oceanic voyage will shortly come to an end. Some final notes and anecdotes appear below, as told to Richard English.
Those following Cam’s progress aboard the Avalon via the email updates from Hermione Macfarlane will know that the communications equipment took a beating and has failed. As a result, Cam hasn’t been able to share a personal update for the last 4 weeks. However, the satellite phone is operational and yesterday we received the following update. (As told to Richard English):
Days 8 to 10 – ‘getting north’
A slow few days as we try make it further north on advice from Stokie, our on-land weather charter, that another low pressure system was developing in the southern ocean and heading straight for us.
Day 9 and 10 are slow but it feels much better than being on sea anchor, where 5 of us were forced to share a cramped cabin. On day 10, in the evening, the low pressure finally caught us and we go to sea anchor just before sunset to prepare in the last rays of sunshine. For a few hours there is hardly any wind and it begins to feel like a scene out of ‘life of pi’.
We left on 11 June, my incredibly proud father’s birthday. There was a great little send off party as we did our frantic last minute preparations before setting off. It felt surreal coming back to the boat, after my last land based toilet break, and leaving the safety of dry land. It felt like walking head on into uncertainty. These are my favourite moments of these trips.
As we took the corner out of the mariner we came up against 25 knot winds and narrowly escaped beaching ourselves on the rocks. Wouldn’t have been the most successful start to an ocean rowing voyage…
I left the UK on 23 April at 10pm. It was a Wednesday and I was in a hurry to get to Heathrow after working that day. I had 1 piece of hand luggage which contained enough kit to last me for 2 months at sea. Or so I thought… Read more
The Ubunye Challenge announces the addition of a new adventure to the list of its growing endurance feats; an Indian Ocean crossing from Australia to South Africa in April 2014.