Ferkins establish best 7 day DTF mileage
Despite being at sea for over 3 months the remaining two boats yet to finish the Indian Ocean Rowing Race have been putting in some truly impressive daily mileages.
Guy and Andy certainly chose an appropriate name for their boat, with ‘Flying Ferkins’ taking the record for the greatest Distance to Finish (DTF) mileage in any 7 days during the Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009.
With some very favourable conditions and what must now be a much lighter boat having almost used all of their supplies, ‘Flying Ferkins’ managed a 449 DTF over the 7 days between 19th and 26th July. An average daily DTF of 64nm.
To put this extraordinary achievement into perspective, the record setting fastest crossing of the Indian Ocean by the 8-person non-race entry boat ‘Aud Eamus’, only managed a best 7 day DFT of 442nm, which they achieved between the 3rd and 10th of May, an average daily DTF of 63nm.
The best 24 hour DTF is held by ‘Aud Eamus’ with 74nm. However amongst the Race Fleet the record is held jointly between ‘Flying Ferkins’ and ‘Pura Vida’ who both achieved a 24 hour DTF mileage of 72nm.
The favourable wind conditions have now eased for ‘Flying Ferkins’ and ‘Southern Cross’ slowing their progress slightly. This will come as a slight relief to Jamie’s mum who is fearful the rapid progress of the last week would see the ‘Southern Cross’ boys arrive in Mauritius before her flight lands late Thursday afternoon. As if the stress of the last 99 days hadn’t been enough for these supportive parents!