Big Wave Rider Steve Dawson
Epic 13th Day!
13th June 2005 12:00 BST 4520.0000N,03904.0000W,0M
I don't know how many times I heard some old and wise person usaully the parents tell me they wished they had worked harder at school. Well right now Iam wishing to that I had worked harder for I would then know some bigger words that would serve justice to our report of the last 24hrs and the conditions we have endured.
Weve told you about the waves the size of
houses well have we told you about the waves the size of tower blocks! I imagine 90% of you will think were strectching the truth, but were not going to back down on this statement for we witnessed these waves with our own eyes and hearts in mouths!
Wind speed increased to 40knts yesterday afternoon with gusts last night to 50knts. As the seas got bigger the only action we could take was to again deploy the sea anchor. A devastating move when the sea and winds are going with you. We had earlier deployed a drogue but three waves later and it had ripped to shreds. In fact the day saw a number of casualities including a broken oar and snapped para anchor line.
Its been a long brutal, tiring and emotional 24hrs, we are again underway and in fact just reached a top speed of 8.9knts!
Qoute of the day "Im just glad to be alive" Nigel Morri