LATEST UPDATE 6th June 2201BST

Shore Support’s spoken to Charlie several times today.  Most recently, about two hours ago when the tropical storm was really beginning to hot up – and about now, it should be at its peak.  We’re talking sustained 35 foot waves and the occasional 50-footer.  Yes, really.  Unsurprisingly, Charlie’s not going to try filming in this weather; he’s strapped well into his cabin and bearing up well.  Earlier today, before he had to pack away most of the comms kit, he sent the following blog back to Blighty:

 

Transit of Venus

Charlie had this view all to himself, from the mid-Pacific

Wow wow wow… what a day. I work early (Blossom doesn’t have curtains, so when dawn breaks, Blossom and I wake up too) had breakfast and was on the oars at 0430 hours local time (UTC + 9 hours). I received an email several days ago from David Spooner, one of my former school teachers and Leading Firefighter, from when I was a firefighter at Station N39, part-time volunteer. Mr. Spooner informed me of the Transit of Venus and that it would take place on 6th June. I was completely ignorant to this until I was informed. It’s not been an easy day rowing, wind and waves giving me an uneasy ride, but the current has helped and I have pushed North with a hint of East. Whilst I was rowing along, and thought it’s the 6th June today and I remembered Mr. Spooner’s email and looked up at the sun… At approximately 0800 local (2300 UTC) there was a huge blue grey circle, tinged at the edge with gold, around the sun. Quite amazing and the photo I took has come out fairly well, considering I couldn’t look directly at the sun. So, thank you so much Mr. Spooner for sharing your knowledge, an amazing site to witness.

The attached pic was taken at 38 29.255’ N, 153 23.525’ E.

ps the small dot to the right of the sun is a water droplet on camera lens!

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