No change – more eating, more sleeping, more talking and more playing
Not seen or heard (on the VHF) from another boat for at least 2
update from the last 24
Rowing – very
pleased to be back rowing again and Red Arrow seems to be moving through the
Update – haven’t
played since we’ve come off the para anchor. No doubt the competition will
resume if bad weather returns.
a Michelin star fish restaurant in West Byfleet (well, that’s what I told
Laura the first time I took her there). I’m craving my usual scampi starter,
fish pie main and homemade butterscotch tart. Jane – I plan to come in the day
I fly back!
my local Chinese in Lower Weybridge and I’m salivating just thinking about
every athlete loves something
from Ronald and I’m a big fan of the double Sausage and Egg
I still have to open…………..
we’d left La Gomera and unknown to
me Laura had contacted friends and family and asked whether people would like to
write me a note/letter to read at sea. Laura printed out all the letters and put
them in envelopes and they have been so good to read. I’m picking them at random
and trying to make them last the whole trip and I have the following
& Pete Anderson
& Sandra Sechari
got a feeling this letter will start - “Cretin”
Andy (Uplifting Tom Editions 1-5)
more handwritten masterpieces from Laura
I would love to be doing……..
but rowing – by the end of this trip I will never want to see another indoor
rowing machine again!
a’side footie – I love the game and haven’t played for over a year because I
didn’t want to get injured.
run around Horsell Common.
blast on my road bike on my favourite stretch of road – the climb from Send
roundabout to the top of Newlands Corner.
wish I had brought on this trip…………..
wash that doesn’t need water. We have soap but this uses water and we also
have hand sanitiser but your hands need to be clean first.
pair of Speedo trunks. I’ve brought 35 pairs of Sports Soccer cotton value
briefs and live in these 24/7 but actually swimming trunks would dry much
waterproof pillow case - if such a thing exists.
hand wash powder.
wish we hadn’t brought so much of………….
I reckon by the time we finish in Antigua we will have half of all our main
meals (includes breakfast, lunches, dinners and puddings) left onboard. We
have brought full food rations for 65 days and half food rations for 25 days.
Rich is pretty much eating living on one Super Noodle ration each day and his
full snack pack (chocolate, nuts etc). I’m eating much more than Rich but
still not the 7,500 calories per day we planned for. I’ll do a breakdown of a
days food in a forthcoming blog. The weight of the excess food we’ll finish
with will probably be the weight of a small passenger.
no joke, we have so much high factor (40 & 50) that Rich specifically
wanted I think we’ll finish with hundreds of pounds worth unused. We’ll sell
navigation light to be moved to the bow cabin as it is currently right in our
eye-line when we row. It is such a bright LED that it prevents you from seeing
the conditions around the boat. We haven’t rowed with it on at night since the
first week – if the boat radar picks up another vessel, it goes straight
electronic wind speed and direction instrument. We currently use the flag pole
for direction but have to guestimate the strength.
flag pole to be secured into its mounting properly. It was rattling for the
first week and as it is right above where you sleep it was driving me crazy!
I’ve stuffed the mounting with cut cable ties and it is now doesn’t
the last 2 years I’ve spent a considerable amount of time with Rich and we’ve
have got to know each other very well. He’s one driven, fit, determined bugger
and I’m very pleased we’re rowing together. Here’s some of his most common
sayings I’ve picked up on and If I had a pound for each time I’ve heard
sure” …………………..the posh way of saying “yeah”
is what it is”………………a response I hear a great deal.
because other teams are doing it, doesn’t mean to say we
I lost my bankcard in New Zealand, my bank had a replacement card to me in 6
talking – nothing specific just random chat but it seems like he’s having a
full on conversation!
ask Rich to do the same for me in one of his blogs – I’m intrigued as to what I
Top 5 Tunes…………
Heather Small (My
To Be With You
of the day goes to David Moss for the following…………
the dots is like a video of random behaviour of sperm. Doesn’t help you very
much but hope that you can resume your mission soon.”
personal messages from me………….
Barker - please
buy Livvy a TV for her birthday. I’ve just received an email thesis from here
and it took me my whole 2 hour shift to read through!
for your texts pal and I hope your treat was up to its usual standard??? Did you
get me email from the boat address – if not, ask Laura to forward
- I just found the raw jelly cubes in one of my snack bags and Laura said
you put them in. ABSOLUTELY LOVELY! Also, who put all the Blue Rock Biltong in -
very nice too?
whoever did the NYE parcel for us, thank you. I found it in the front cabin
yesterday when I was putting the rubbish into the front hatch. The Cadburys
Fingers had melted but rest assured they were not wasted!
Barnes - Hello
cous. Rich and I are still sane – just. Look after your Mum……….and the
- You’ve started your New Years resolutions a month late…….although I’m
very pleased you are giving up smoking. I was going to buy you some duty free
when I come home – oh well!
– any update on what the chaps are doing as their next
Pittey - Why are
you meeting up with Fogle??? Could you ask him where we should go for our first
meal when we arrive in English Harbour?
row must go on – Antigua here we come.