The weather was much nicer on Sunday morning. I headed out around 8:30 and launched just before nine.
The wind was from the ESE at 10-12mph with gusts to 15mph. This was enough to kick up seas around 1 foot once I was out toward the further out part of the row.
I was following the same “long row” course that I defined a couple of weeks ago.
I didn’t have enough time to do the whole course, so I cut off the 4.9km out and back. This turned out to be a wise move for a couple of reasons. First, it was getting pretty bumpy and I was a bit concerned about rowing into the wind and waves for 7km. Second, my boat broke when I was still about 3km away from my launching point.
Here is a video of the fateful event. The breakage occurs at 50 second in.
Prior to that I was having some fun in the waves. Here is a video of the last couple of minutes heading out to Billingsgate Island. The waves were getting a bit bigger and I was surfing down some of them. Then I turn and head back toward home. It was about 20 minutes later when I broke the backstay.
Here’s my overall course, from Google Earth.
I need to recheck the course. It looks like the initial 1.2km is wrong and the heading for the leg down to billingsgate Island is a bit off too. I was glad to see that my lines were much straighter from paying closer attention to the course. The stay parted just a little bit north of the buoy nearest the “0.5km/20deg” label.
I was also happy with the HR profile of this row. I wanted to try to maintain this as a UT2 row, because I will need to stick to that kind of a pace for a 3 to 4 hour event. In the summary plot you can see that I held the same heart rate both upwind and downwind. The pace was good, bnetween 2:40 and 3:00/500 until I turned into the wind and waves. Then it was a lot slower, as you can see in the next plot. Then around 1:17, the boat broke and I was limited to a slow paddle.
So, I had a blast during this row. I am bummed out about the boat, but to be honest, I was worrying that it wouldn’t be seaworthy for the race, given the kinds of conditions that can occur. I was also feeling quite vulnerable as I got into bigger seas far away from land. I bought the boat cheaply to find out if I like coastal rowing. I have decided that I really do. So, I think I will buy a proper boat that I can trust.