and I did our first live radio interview at sea for BBC Radio London Sports Show
last night. For those of you who missed it our want to have another listen
please click on the below web link. Steve Bunce, the presenter, wants to speak
to us again in a fortnight or so, so we’ll keep you
on Red Arrow slowly moves on. Rich and I have now completed over 100 consecutive
2 hour rowing shifts each. Life is very primitive – row, eat, sleep then row,
eat, sleep basically 24/7. I feel a bit like a cave man (although I’m not sure
how much rowing they did) because we don’t walk anywhere either, we’re either
always crawling on deck or sat down. The hardest stroke for me always seems to
be the first stroke of each shift – getting some momentum into the 1 tonne Red
Arrow and onto our heading takes some effort.
40 to 60 (approx) depending on conditions
Conditions have been fairly good. Sea state has been fairly calm and the
winds have generally been following so we can’t complain. We’ve just been warned
by Woodvale of weather coming from the North West (not favourable) that will
affect the whole fleet between 27th & 30th January.
Still haven’t seen another boat nor have we seen one on radar or heard
one on the VHS for a week.
feeling tired for a couple of days, sleep deprivation finally kicked in. I was
doing the dreaded graveyard shift in the early hours of Thursday and was an hour
into the shift and I’d been drifting in and out of sleep whilst I should have
been eating up the miles on the oars. My body was exhausted, I had nothing left,
it was shutting down and rather than collapse on deck for Rich to find me in the
morning (he wouldn’t naturally wake up for his shift) I came back to the cabin
to collapse. As soon as my head hit the pillow I was out for the count. We only
lost an hour as Rich woke for his shift and then the brutal regime started
again. I was hoping to complete every shift and not “fail” any of them but when
your body has had enough, you’ve just got to listen.
Another Wet Cabin
we didn’t learn our lesson from the first time although thankfully (for me
anyway) on this occasion it was Rich who was in the cabin and had left the hatch
open. You’ve 2 options during your 2 hour “off” shift – you can either sit out
on deck and get burnt or sit in the cabin and sweat like you’re in a sauna.
Today has been sunny so the cushions are strapped to the solar panels again.
an injury I was expecting to get from ocean rowing but my shins are taking a
battering. When the oar gets caught in the uneven water on the pull through it
often sends the handle slamming into your shins. If I’d of known about this I
would have brought my shin pads with me!
our boat Christmas Day on Monday 25th. The secret Santa is going to
be really hard to work out!
and I were chatting the other day during one of our on deck random trivial chats
about absolutely everything and I mentioned “ a.k.a” and to the best of my
knowledge it stands for “otherwise known as” but then shouldn’t it be “o.k.a”?
Someone must have the answer – it has been bugging me…….
Text of the day goes to either Cath or
Oli – sorry, I had to delete loads of texts as our inbox was full and not sure
which one of our comedians it came from…………..
Express have just introduced tomato as an extra for their garlic bread with
cheese. Now correct me if I’m wrong but isn’t that a
It sounds straight out of the Jimmy Carr
few personal messages from me………….
answer to your text is “before”! Hope all is well mate and we’ll give you a call
for your daily texts and so sorry to hear that work is unbearable. Durie is a
really good guy – just hang in there and I’m sure he’ll come good. No last
minute sprints from Red Arrow as the quicker we finish, the quicker I’ll have to
come back to work!
Amy - You
failed to mention in your gloating email telling us all about your trip to Rio
and that you plan to “flush” on us when you are overhead that you are all LOVED
UP. Update the boat please.
time you’ve had sushi……Swifty needs to take you out more. Make sure you get
proper flowers on Valentines Day this year – let me know. I hear you’re off to
Vegas - which is probably the worst place that you can be going for Swifty to be
doing things in moderation!
us know what you think of the Hell & Highwater DVD. Hope Jacqui and Tobes
Breath - Has
6 year old Ryan been helping you use a PC as there is no way you could type 160
characters on your own. I told Rich the fruit bowl story and he was
definitely pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zone. We’ve got no turtle
following us – what are we doing wrong???
love the text to Rich. Can you email me it so I can share with everyone
as I’ll get dizzy trying to type that out. Glad you liked the hoodie and make
sure you don’t let Ellie beat you (running that is).
row must go on – Antigua here we come.
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