Scout chugs east past Georges Bank


Scout, the little solar-powered boat designed and built in Tiverton to cross the Atlantic to Spain, has covered a good deal of ocean since leaving Sakonnet Point on Aug. 23.

As of Tuesday afternoon (ten days and 12 hours into her voyage), Scout was some 250 miles east of Rhode Island and well to the east of Cape Cod.

Counting meanderings, the boat had covered a total of over 460 miles.

The boat seems to have established a pattern of heading in the general direction of Spain, then making a brief backtrack or loop, and then heading off in the right direction again at about 1.5 to 2.5 knots. Her builders say Scout is sometimes beset by cloud over which drains battery power and causes the boat to pause for a bit.

Her builders had this to say earlier Tuesday:

"After a day of motor-napping due to some seemingly tumultuous weather, Scout is now headed eastbound again and almost 240 miles from home. As of this writing, scout is  … just a few miles east of the eastermost point in the continental USA which is West Quoddy Head in Lubec, Maine. Scout is still over the Georges Bank fishing grounds, and in about 250 feet of water.

"The nearest land to Scout is now the southern point Nova Scotia, Canada. Passengers onboard Us Airways flight #725 from Dublin, Ireland to Charlotte, NC looking out the left side windows right now would be able to have a pretty good view of Scout about 5-10 miles away, assuming they could see a 13' object in the water!"

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