and most importantly, HAPPY 30th LIVVY. Yet another good friend has
their birthday whilst I’m away. On the up side, it has saved me a few quid on
presents! I hope you had a good time up in Bristol and that you enjoy the rest
of the celebrations – whatever they maybe!!!! Livvy is one of our most loyal
supporters and the boat receives a daily text or email from her – all of which
start with “Snout” – which is a nickname Livvy coined for me! If you want to buy
some amazing handmade jewellery have a look at www.OliviaWotton.com (could be
we saw another boat. After a few weeks of seeing nothing but sky and ocean we’ve
finally seen other life. I’d just collapsed into the cabin after my 22:00 shift
last night and Rich took to the oars. 5 minutes later the cabin door sprung open
– “Barnesy – there’s a ship in the distance, whack the nav light on”. I slowly
stirred and put the light on and then poked my head out to see for my own eyes.
On the horizon, some way away was boat navigation light and we couldn’t tell
anything else. Not knowing whether they were friend or a lost Somalian Pirate
ship I quickly reached for my “How
to speak Somalian” book and memorised in my best African dialect – “I’m prepared
to swap the Ginger one for fresh food. He is Royalty and you will get good
ransom”. However, this wasn’t needed as the boat moved off into the distance and
we didn’t even get to speak to them on the radio. It was good to know that we
are not alone out here!
some stats…………..You’re all probably watching the dots and are aware of the large
vast blue ocean still in front of us to reach Antigua. We are currently on day
32 at sea and have approximately 1600 miles to run and we’ve been putting
everything into this. The current world record for rowing the Atlantic is 33
days (not sure on the hours and minutes) which is held by a 12 man boat, “La
Mondiale” from 2008. A friend, Oli Dudley, was part of this crew and has been a
real help to us over the last 6 months. Even more amazing is that Red Arrow
(formerly Queensgate in 2003) still holds the current World Record of 36 days
for a 4 man crossing. As I’ve told Oli before, they should have been much
quicker if 8 extra men only makes you quicker by 3 days! Both these records are incredible and
what Rich and I would do to be finishing in the next few
of the day (which I’ve slightly amended) is from is from Andy Downie…….
Glenn, how do you spell "crocodile?"
No, that's wrong
Maybe it is wrong, but you asked me how I spell it.
Rich, I know you’ll get me back!
personal messages from me………….
to hear from you pal. I thought you smelt when we shared a tent for 3 weeks in
Cheers for the email – very amusing. I hope that 2010 is going to be the
year that you find love………..I’m sure we’ve been saying that every year since the
note that the email from Marcus was sent during work time!
on England.............rest assured at 16:55 I'll be upstanding and singing the
national very loudly and very proudly!
row must go on – Antigua here we come.