Another good question received via email: “Where would it go if you didn’t row? I mean after you were clear of the West coast.”
The answer is that I would drift towards Hawaii – but very slowly. Last year I asked the experts to run the figures through OSCURS, the ocean currents modeling software, and this is what they came up with. This is the route that my boat would have taken if I had set out from San Francisco in 2005.
In the real world, I hope to get there significantly faster. I’ll be rowing 8-12 hours a day. After all, there’s not much else to do once I get out there!