Preview: Tom Robinson’s Solo Row Across the Pacific – Update #1 from Tom’s Shore Team

The following is a letter sent by Tom Robinson’s Shore Team to the followers on his website You can sign up on his site to receive these updates directly, and we’ll carry them in an ongoing series of Guide Posts here on OCH as well.

“The Equatorial Current Beckons”

Dear Sponsors, Supporters, Family and Friends,

As you know, with an accompanying farewell flotilla, Tom left La Punta at 11.30am Peru time on Saturday 2nd July. Some of you may have seen Facebook photos and videos of the event. Subscribers to Off Center Harbor would have seen the very professional and moving video filmed by Donald Wilson – a sweet memory indeed. Last Sunday was the three-week anniversary of his departure.

In those three weeks Tom in Maiwar travelled over 600 nautical miles (1,100 km) in a north westerly direction aided by south east winds and the north flowing Humboldt current. He is now about 400 nautical miles south of the equator (roughly 400 nautical miles south south east of the Galapagos) where he should soon benefit from the westerly flowing Equatorial Current that will help him mak landfall, most probably in the Marquesas, before the end of the year. His average speed so far has been 1.17 knots, which is a respectable pace for this part of his journey.

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    Alan Balchin says:

    Great read following Tom on his journey makes this Australian very proud of our young folk

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    Good going Tom, praying for you and family waiting and watching. hope currents are favourable.

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    Andrew Wiling says:

    Keep on keeping on Tom,
    Keep up the tenacity and conviction,
    Keep smiling,
    Keep rowwwwwwwing😀

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    James Sandison says:

    Having sailed around the Tuamotus and Marquesas I remember that the currents flowing around the islands/reefs are quite strong. One can be carried past the entrance to the islands and trying to enter the pass with an outgoing tide can be a challenge. The islanders will be quite helpful if the need arises.
    The best of luck with your great adventure