With less than 300 miles to go, Phil McCorry and Dan Renner of the Bexhill College Endeavour are expected to complete their Atlantic challenge by reaching Barbados on News Years Eve.
As of Monday they needed to average 1.95knts so with their current 5 and 10 day average speeds of 1.5 and 2.02knts respectively they look on course to make land this year, said spokesman Geoff Dixon.
“The boys had hoped to arrive before Christmas but bad weather at the start scuppered that so while we were all enjoying Christmas dinner washed down with fine wines Phil and Dan had what amounted to a pot noodle with desalinated sea water as their drink!
“They both rang their parents and girlfriends on Christmas Day but, far from being despondent, they are both well plus remain positive and are looking forward to making land. The weather forecast remains good for the final leg of their voyage.
The following boat, The Toby Wallace, is closing the distance between the two boats and is expected to reach Barbados 5 days after Phil and Dan. The Toby Wallace has had to overcome the same sea conditions as the BCE, albeit a few days later, so considering they have a seven-man crew with two rowing at all times their overall average speed has been 2.56knts, whereas Phil and Dan’s average overall speed has been 2.1knts. This puts in to perspective the Bexhill boys’ performance during their challenge.”
Back on December 7 Phil spotted a sailing boat and made contact on the radio. The French yacht, the Mariposa, responded and came within a few metres of Phil and Dan when then they exchanged details and took photographs.
Geoff added: “We are running a sweepstake as to the time of day Phil and Dan finish, with the money raised going to St Mary’s.
The prize is a framed event t-shirt signed by both the boys. To enter visit our website www.atlanticchallenge14.org where you can also see the other photos taken by the Mariposa.”