bits and pieces from me today…………
Approximately an additional 40 to 60 days depending on
Yesterday afternoon/evening was definitely the worst/toughest conditions
we’ve faced. Monster waves (some must be at least >30ft) smashing into Red
Arrow soaking everything on deck, strong winds that were blowing across the
waves made it even harder to hold our heading. Very
apart from the rowing for 2 hours every 2 hours here are some other
of M.A. rang
boys on Spirit of M.A, Neil & Dean, gave us a quick call yesterday
afternoon. We’ve a very friendly rivalry between our teams and they are a few
places behind us (which I duly reminded them) so it’s now first to the finish
between us and them.
cabin got wet AGAIN
I was on the phone to Neil a wave came through the smallest of gaps in the back
hatch and soaked the back part of the cabin – this was the 3rd time.
I was so pissed off and I hear all the ocean rowers saying “never leave the back hatch open” and
others saying “they obviously haven’t learnt since the first time” . Rich and I
have resigned ourselves to the fact that we will have the hatch open and the
cabin is going to get wet from time to time.
managed a poo!
to have to stoop to this level although it has been the topic of conversation on
board since we started. Hopefully, he’ll now get back to normal.
is the big day and although there will be no roast turkey, no log fire and no
afternoon of falling asleep in front of the TV. It does mean that Rich and I
will give ourselves a few shifts off which will be welcome change. We haven’t
finalised our plans yet but we’ll probably skip 2 or maybe 3 rowing shifts and
enjoy opening some presents and reading cards/letters from home. The Christmas
carols will be in full swing.
this would help increase the DMG everyday and much more discreet than
whacking a 275HP outboard on the back!
huge sail -
Another to help catch the race leader, Charlie.
Some clever clogs to invent a hatch cover that allows air in but not
To cover the shipping costs of Red Arrow back to the UK so we can sell
recent highlight for me has been discovering the delights of audio books. I had
thought audio books were reserved exclusively for the elderly or lazy gits who
can’t be bothered to read but I’ve been proven wrong. I was at the stage where I
was getting bored of listening to music and Rich said he had some Richard
Hammond Top Gear audio books (trip to the North Pole, drive across the Botswana
salt flats etc) on his iPod and I borrowed it. I’m hooked. The Hamster tells a
good story and has now just reaffirmed that the shows presenters have the best
jobs in the world. When Clarkson is killed off by a tree hugger I’m going to
send my CV in!
of the day goes to Oli Dudley;
Where do you find a one legged dog?
Where you left it.
few personal messages from me………….
I loved the snow joke and it was a welcome distraction. Yep, a haircut
when I get back would be amazing as it is going to need it. I hope the family
Robin. Thanks for getting in touch and so far we’ve thankfully had no problems
with Red Arrow. I hope Woodvale are paying for you to come out to
Yes, we are losing to another solo rower now and I blame my personal
trainer! Say hi to the team at FIT and you need to change your text sign off –
I was only thinking about you the other day when we passed our
3rd day at sea. Until now the previous longest I’d been to sea was
when we did the 3 night fishing trip to the Hen & Chicken Islands with Merv
“The Lung”. What a free diver he
was! Keep up your good work as Mayor.
& Sandra -
must have been bored if you tuned into the radio interview in Sweden. Hope all
is well and it’d be great to hook up when I’m back and you’re next over.
It’s about time that all the departments at Carbon lost some weight. If
it works I’ll then have to change the nickname of FOB to OB!
I can’t believe the news and I’ve been wearing a black arm as a mark of
respect for you. Hang in there mate – new job on the horizon very soon.
to think of it, Free Willy could have been a relation! Hope life is good.
I wish I was on your cruise liner – very jealous! I hope my navigation
isn’t that bad and our paths cross in the Tasman Sea. Have a good
for the email and I was interested to read one of your mottos in life!
to your questions below – all the best pal;
I felt like that after the 1st stroke pulling out of the harbour in
b) I think I’ll be quoting Redgrave
when I get to Antigua – “if anyone sees me near a boat again then please shoot
c) Ground rules have been
established but you should know better than anyone…..”What goes on tour, stays
d) Rich said that gloves
Yeah, I do miss you two. Whenever I see either of you it always makes me
feel good about myself!
row must go on – Antigua here we come.