Local coach rowing across Atlantic expects gale force conditions as Hurricane Chris nears

Updated: Jul. 11, 2018 at 6:42 PM EDT
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Bryce Carlson is currently 280 miles out to sea from where he started one week ago. He's...
Bryce Carlson is currently 280 miles out to sea from where he started one week ago. He's already faced some problems but says he's still on track to finish sometime in August. (WXIX)

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Local rowing coach Bryce Carlson has been making his way across the North Atlantic for two weeks as of Wednesday.

FOX19 spoke to him by phone this past week -- he was in good spirits despite a couple of rough days at sea.

He's already faced large waves, strong winds, and has even capsized multiple times. But his greatest challenge is a couple of days away as the remnants of Hurricane Chris will threaten Carlson and his ship Lucille -- Carlson is expecting 14 ft. waves and 45 mph winds later this week, specifically Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14.

Carlson is using a private weather company for daily forecast updates. Here is the company's latest synopsis:

Rather than have the vessel continue to fight SW winds and swell, **we feel it is best to turn more NNE-NE'ly at this time.**

We anticipate that the EXTRATROPICAL remnants of HURRICANE Chris will still produce GALE force conditions on the 13th but turning more northeast will minimize your duration in higher winds and swell being closer to the system and we expect the center to broaden (meaning weaker winds near the center) due to the GALE between Iceland and Greenland at that time.

Before he departed, Carlson sat down for the Rob Williams Anytime podcast -- you can hear that full conversation below:

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