February 1st 2006

Thu 2 Feb 2006 11:15

February 1st 2006


Tim made contact from his satellite phone at about midnight to say that they had fixed the watermaker and were now well on their way. Their position at that time was about nine miles past El Hierro. This means that there is no way back. The ocean currents and the prevailing winds mean that they are now on their way across the Atlantic and will soon be out of sight of any land. The sea was a little choppy but conditions were fine.

Mick was rowing whilst Tim phoned and they have decided at this stage to row an hour on and an hour off. They feel that this will help them to retain their energy whilst they are still getting used to the weather and the sea. After about ten days this could change as their rowing fitness improves.

When asked how it felt, Tim said that it was by far the hardest thing that he had ever done and he was really having to dig deep into his reserves of strength both physically and mentally. He also added that Mick, despite having suffered from seasickness, was also as determined as ever to achieve the crossing.

Tim sends his love to everyone, particularly his family, his colleagues, and all the people who are supporting him.

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