be framed and going up on the wall when I get back. Enjoy your celebrations mate
and thanks for your sponsorship. Will give you a buzz later.
to life on Red Arrow and we’ve now been at sea for exactly 2 weeks and it’s
certainly flown by for me. I thought it would be easier if I listed some of the
highs and lows of the trip so far although I have just realised that I some of
things haven’t been mentioned in my blogs - my bad, sorry.
Actually, doing it as I’ve been dreaming about it for so long it feels so
good that we’re actually living it.
Being in the warmth – more weather gloating!
Being circled by Free Willy - for 45 minutes this monster whale was
either eyeing up for dinner or wanting to mate with our hull but thankfully he
left without incident.
4. Watching 2
very small birds fly past at really low level and they ended up playing around
the boat for ages. I just wasn’t expecting to see these small, domestic type
birds hundreds of miles from land and I didn’t think I’d be doing any bird
watching on this trip.
During some night shifts it appears as if the water is like a lava and
that whenever you make a stoke you move the lava and it makes the most amazing
sparks/flow around the displaced water. Lin/Rachel – have I had too much sun
during the day or do you know what I’m talking about? What’s this all
Without doubt the lowest low has to be the cabin getting soaked. The
cabin is still quite damp and we’ll keep drying the cushions out although the
cabin does naturally suffer from condensation issues anyway. The problem is we
have to strap the cushions to the solar panels to dry so we when do that it
means we’re not gathering power to run our electrics –
Having completed 2 weeks of very tough rowing realising that we’re only a
1/5 of the way across!
Doing a dive The Hoff would have been proud of off the side of the boat
to save our little toilet.
Trying to eat Expedition Food “Chilli Con Carne” which I think came out
of the Pedigree Chum factory and spitting the vile food out only to realise
we’ve about 40 more days of them!
Looking at the GPS after a 2 hour hard row and realising we’ve rowed only
a mile closer to Antigua!
on how the old body is shaping up;
Visually you can see blisters/broken skin but they are holding up well. It does
hurt when I try and clench my hands into a fist – it takes longer than normal to
do and I can feel a throbbing pain.
- No major problems at all. A few non
painful blisters and some sun burn but the Sharx shoes are fantastic.
- 2 weeks in and I can still sit down without any pain which
I’m really pleased about. Granuflex (big cushioned
plasters) on my bum cheeks have saved the day although my bum is now officially
waxed when I pulled them off after 4 days use! Thanks for the warning Oli!
been telling myself the last couple of years that mentally and physically this
trip is going to be hell. More so mentally I think – the regime, the monotony,
the isolation, the primitive lifestyle and the conditions I’m sure will break me
mentally at some stage. I also told myself that if it wasn’t as bad as hell then
it’d be a bonus – so far, I’m holding up okay.
favourite text from yesterday goes to Eugene “The Pebble”
Nose. I hope that you have not started to eat Rich yet. The state of his
spelling you may have already started on his fingers!.”
Rich but it made me laugh.
few personal messages……………………
Did you used to use the Toughbook on deck? It is like a greenhouse during
the day in the cabin!
The sports reports are first class and I share them with Rich when the
come through. Thanks for keeping us up to date.
Thanks for the texts/emails and we’re beating the Jersey 4 on Mission
Thanks for posting the photo to James Downie.
Reasonable - we haven’t sunk yet!pey -
Patterson / Catherine Hurd –
Ladies, thank you both for your recent donations. Very kind of you both
An email from my Nan and now a text from you – whatever next! Sorry to
hear about your recent operation and I hope Aunty Jean is looking after you.
row must go on – Antigua here we come.