18.04.2012 Uncategorized 1 Comment

Half way!

I have the latitude and longitude of St Maarten as 18° 01 93N and 63° 09 24W. The YellowBrick gives us the lat and long of AnTiki every 4 hours. It’s possible to calculate their distance travelled by a clever formula using these two positions. I use a website HERE to do this for me and I post the figure regularly on the front page of the website.
Their current distance travelled is 422 nautical miles.
The lat and long of the beach on Eleuthera where the Jolly Boat fetched up is tricky to identify – but I have guessed it is 25° 17′N and 76° 19′ W. My calculation made it 853.6 nautical miles from St Maarten.
So we can confidently say they are half way.

I was once in an aluminium boat on Lake Powell whilst filming for Superman III and lightning was striking the water all around us and so I understood when Ali wrote of her decision to vacate her homely hammock and run for cover inside the cabin.
Being at sea on a raft is a great way to get to know one another and I think our brave crew have shared some extremes of emotion during these last 12 days. Anthony scribbling away in his notebook, Ali is capturing it all on film and Bruno shares his time between taking photographs and experimenting with the sails.
Nigel and Leigh are both experienced sailors and I hope Nigel has finished his wretched bout of seasickness so he can enjoy the delicious bread baked by Leigh.
It is my ernest hope that when Anthony finally returns home he produces both a book and a film of his adventures on AnTiki. I know there is certainly enough material in his notebooks and ‘in the can’.
Before departing St Maarten, he arranged a photo shoot with his new crew resplendant in their WaterAid T shirts to remind us all of his desire to raise money for this noble charity which works in some of the poorest communities in 27 countries across Africa, Asia, Central America and the Pacific region to improve access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene.
They work with local partners, who understand local issues, and provide them with the skills and support to help communities set up and manage practical and sustainable projects that meet their real needs.
It’s easy to make a donation – just click HERE for the JustGiving page, and for USA donations, please click HERE.

And one year ago…….

World Water day 2011

One Response to “Half way!”

  1. David Hildred says:

    Good guess on location of “The Beach” Robin.
    I found an old report that gave the name of the spot as “James Cistern” and a position of 25 degrees 19 minutes north and 76 degrees 22 minutes west. Very close to your calculation. Hope they are enjoying the halfway party and also to everyone reading the web site I also ask…. “Please Give !”

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