I’ve updated how the Arctic Joule spreadsheet works, to give the rowing team (Facebook page here) every benefit of the doubt. This was after a considerable and interesting discussion of methodology and philosophy with my German friend Marmoe in the comments here, who digitized an Arctic route and sent me coordinates. Many changes were made as a result. I’ve adopted his route into the sheet for ahead/behind tracking purposes.
This chart reports the GPS data from MainstreamLastFirst’s SPOT tracker here. All the calculations are my own, and are subject to revision at any time. I’ve just added a heading indicator showing the direction of each little segment, and other supporting data.
They’ve been about a week behind schedule for nearly two weeks. Yesterday was a bad day, as they described. But so far, they are pushing on into the ice left by “one of the coldest summers on record” melt season. This site talks about the rowers a lot — but not kindly.
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