Dr. Stein Hoff began his row across the Atlantic on Sunday morning May 15th, 120 years after George Harbo and Frank Samuelsen. Here’s his facebook link to track his voyage.
Day 47, Thursday 30th June.
Dense fog again!
Gentle breeze from S plus some kind current has pushed us NNE, but the wind seems to be going more SW now and should freshen. Good for me.
Nothing nasty ahead, thank goodness, but I do not like this poor visibility. Yesterday the ship “Heather Knutsen” (call sign VABH) appeared on my AIS screen just W of me. He passed N at a distance of 3 nm and as he got near he sounded a fog horn every minute. His engine, however, I could not hear, that noise was absorbed by the fog. But the regular, booming base of his horn was eerie, reassuring.
Sea is not warm, I measure 14 C(57F), air is 14,5 C. Not tempting for a swim yet! I did not measure the sea temp. Earlier, but I think the sea was a few degrees warmer last week. There’s about 80 m below me now, two days ago 5000 m!
Diana wrote just now that there is another solo rower near me, Laval St. Germain, who left from Nova Scotia. I think he is heading for Portugal. Last night he was only 30 nm NW and looking for me! Well, that would be another amazing encounter if it works out. I will keep my AIS on all day. Just now I see one ship “Elka Elefsis” (D5HM2) 11 nm E and heading my way, no slow moving craft nearby that I can see.
To clear the nearest SE corner of New Foundland 95 nm away I need to head 25 degrees or more. My course for Bishops Rock 1920 nm away is 64. I do not think there will be any problems, Bjørn & Eva! Thanks for greetings and concern!
Another Bjørn on “Rozinante 2” is probably arriving in Horta, Azores today.
Now off to work!