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ORS advisory to Andrew Halsey

London February 9th 2003

Andrew wrote in his log:
"I know I will reach the other side some time - may just be a few weeks later than expected!"
The reality of Andrew's situation is not, unfortunately, as described in the entry above listed in his log January 15th. In fact his situation has deteriorated drastically since this entry,
His satellite phone will be cut off this week (unless his family or friends offer pay his phone bill to keep it connected), Steve Ashby formerly of Le Shark said: "I work for wages, I have been paying Andrew's satellite phone bill since last November, I just cannot keep paying this expensive satellite phone bill reluctantly I must cut it off".
The main concern is for Andrew's safety at sea. He said he left on November 25th with food for 260 days, he has reported some loss of supplies due to spoilage, so far 76 days of food have been used; at best he will have now 170 days food on board.
Even if the winds and currents changed in his favour tomorrow, Andrew would have to make 47 miles a day average, always in the right direction toward Australia.
It is simply not a reasonable expectation to believe that Andrew can or will make the kind of progress toward Australia without a resupply. His Argos satellite tracking beacons are programmed to last for 270 days, they will most likely stop transmitting before Andrew could make landfall in Australia.
With the knowledge of knowing that a resupply is expensive and difficult to execute, I spoke to Andrew this evening and my suggestion to him is that he head for the closest Land which is the Galapagos Islands 385 miles away from his current position as of 16:06GMT, February 9th.
Then he could take on supplies and continue his voyage, after all the Kathleen and Curtis Saville left from Callao Peru (the same place as Andrew did) and they stopped at Galapagos Island for 1 week before continuing on to Australia. There is no reason why Andrew could not do the same.
It would be a reasonable expectation that if Andrew does NOT land for resupplies in Galapagos Island and he continues his journey then inevitably he will run out of food and sooner or later he asks to be rescued again as he was in 1999 and this is not a desirable option.

Kenneth F. Crutchlow
Executive Director
Ocean Rowing Society

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