Stormy seas keep doctors drifting

Francesca MannGeraldton Guardian
Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner left Geraldton on Thursday afternoon to row across the Indian Ocean.
Camera IconTed Welman and Jack Faulkner left Geraldton on Thursday afternoon to row across the Indian Ocean. Credit: The Geraldton Guardian

Two British doctors rowing across the Indian Ocean have entered their fifth day at sea, already coming face to face with sharks and severe weather.

Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner left Geraldton last Thursday and will travel more than 5700km to Mauritius.

Strong winds pushed them too far north on their first day, forcing them to travel around the top of the Abrolhos Islands instead of between them as planned.

Huge waves and swells forced the pair to drop their anchor on Saturday night as they battened down the hatches in their cabin.

“It was pitch black and quite terrifying,” they wrote on their blog. “We nearly capsized a handful of times.”

Ted Welman and Jack Faulkner have entered day five at sea as they attempt to row from Geraldton to Mauritius.
Camera IconTed Welman and Jack Faulkner have entered day five at sea as they attempt to row from Geraldton to Mauritius. Credit: Supplied

Mr Welman and Mr Faulkner were able to use the strong winds to their advantage on Sunday, travelling at just over 4 knots without the need to row.

The pair said they’re in for a “tough couple of days” but hope things will improve by the end of the week as they settle into a routine.

The 26-year-olds are using the trip to raise money for Medecins Sans Frontieres, a global medical charity providing emergency medical care in areas affected by conflict, epidemics or natural disasters.

They’re also hoping to beat the current world record of 85 days, set by two French men in 2012.

To donate, visit www.doctorsadrift.com.

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