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After two months at sea, Ralph is almost ¼ of the way there. The sea has been calm with very little wind to help him out, causing him to average about 30 miles per day. Image of the boa at sunset courtesy of Zeeman Ocean Challenge (click to enlarge).

Ralph Tuijn update: Helicopter, not a headwind

Posted: May 24, 2007 02:20 pm EDT
(TheOceans.net) While rowing into the windless heat, Ralph had his music on full blast in an attempt to motivate himself and stay alert and awake. Suddenly an unexpected scare flew through Ralph as he was encountered with a completely unexpected headwind. It turns out it was a helicopter, unheard due to Ralphs loud music.

The helicopter did not have a marine telephone, so reaching them was not possible. After rowing further, Ralph saw the helicopter on a fishing vessel and was informed that all tuna fishing vessels have a helicopter on board.

Almost ¼ of the way there

After two months at sea, Ralph is almost ¼ of the way there. The sea has been calm with very little wind to help him out, causing him to average about 30 miles per day. On days in which he receives assistance from the wind, waves and currents, that number jumps up to about 40 miles per day.

Cooking Barnacles

Ralph received an e-mail with a recipe for the Gooseneck Barnacles that were all along his boat. He was a little skeptical but decided to give it a try. He threw a handful of them in a pan with some water and let them cook over the fire for ten minutes. And they taste like crabs. Delicious. When raw they taste like a mouthful of salt water, but cooked they are very nice. Ralph will definitely be making more.

Ralph Tujin hopes to row across the Pacific Ocean between Lima, Peru, and Brisbane, Australia, solo and unsupported. The 16,000-kilometers non-stop trip will take between 7 and 9 months to complete. Originally Ralph had planned on crossing the Pacific at its widest point, from Panama to Cairns (Australia).

Ralph and Michael Tuijn rowed across the Atlantic Ocean between La Gomera (in the Canaries) and Sta. Lucia in fall, 2006. This crossing,of approximately 5,000 kilometres, was not a complete one though, since the brothers ended up being towed to Martinique - and riding a pleasure yacht to St Lucia.

The brothers row the Ocean Challenger - a 720cm x 190cm hand-made boat based on the Rowsell & Morissen, but also including some improvements. The hull is made of 6mm and 9mm beech multiplex, combined with epoxy and matting.


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