Life on Board
||Peggy in the Canaries getting ready for
a long wait between hot showers.
With a cabin less than 2 meters long, 1.40 meter wide, and
0.80 meter high,
the life in the SECTOR NO LIMITS will obviously be tough.
Peggy's day will start at sun up: energetic breakfast, a look at the
weather bulletin sent by Louis Bodin on the C-standard telex (from
Issy-les-Moulineaux in France) and hands on the oars.
If the weather is good, the day should encompass nine hours rowing with a
break every two hours for a cup of tea.
The average temperature at 20° Latitude is 24° C. Between 12:00pm and
3:00pm, the temperature increases and Peggy will take a break to operate the
C-Standard Telex, to answer the messages, and to have lunch (Freeze dried
food for the Menu).
Concerning the water, it is produced from sea water with an electric
desalanator that makes 5 litters per hour. Thanks to the sun that Peggy will
enjoy, the batteries linked to solar-panels, will charge quickly. A manual
disalanator has also been provide for the case the electric one breaks down.
During the night, a stobe and a radar reflector will be on so that Peggy
will sleep without fearing a collision with a ship. Nonetheless, there will
be concern about the winds that could make the boat drift, and cancel the
efforts of that day's rowing. In that case, the unique solution will be the
floating sea anchor (sort of conic cloth moored at the rear of the boat) to
slow down the drift.
Every day, Peggy will make a GPS location and of course, some calculation
and estimation of her arrival date. Peggy should cover 50 nautical miles per
24 hours; it seems to be optimistic at the beginning but possible once in
the trade winds area.
All day long, the Loch Speedo, instrument which indicates the speed and the
distance travelled, will allow Peggy to check her performance and to
motivate herself oar stroke after oar stroke
All the planning and the equipment are major factors of success for Peggy.
However, the most important factors undoubtedly the discipline and the
respect of the day schedule. These should prevent Peggy from rowing less