quick snapshot of the last 48 hours onboard HMS Red
40. This current pair’s world record crossing is 40 days –
We were making reasonable progress until yesterday lunchtime and then we
were becalmed. A lack of wind really slows us down and the sea was also very
Nothing again although last night was so dark we weren’t sure where the
sea ended and the sky started and if some of the lights were stars or navigation
lights on boats.
update from the last couple of days…………………
was a real treat and it wasn’t just one this time. My initial thought was that
the whales must be Sperm whales, having detected a large build up of semen
onboard! To be honest we’re not sure what they were but about 19:00 last night 5
or 6 whales joined us for a couple of hours and swam alongside, under, round us
– very cool. I was trying to get them to swim in formation like the Red Arrows
but they weren’t playing ball. They were about 30ft/40ft each and were very calm
and placid. A real treat and Terry must have shit himself as we haven’t seen him
is really frustrating when you are covering decent miles each shift and then the
conditions change and your boat speed really slows down. Initially being
becalmed and then this developing into a headwind and wave against has been
really hard work. To get the 1 tonne Red Arrow moving at the start of these
shifts requires 5 or 10 huge pulls on the oars, using every aching muscle and
fighting the pain in our tender hands. Hopefully the conditions won’t last too
long and we’ll be back to bigger mileage soon.
getting another win in the 6 Nations tomorrow.
42 days at sea on Monday – 6 weeks since we started.
a FedEx air drop with all our Valentines Cards!
of the day goes to Livvy……….
“Two birds on a perch,
one says to the other - Can you smell fish?”
more than normal amount of personal messages from me………….
& Denise -
to hear from you. All the Musto kit is brilliant and the waterproof socks are
our best buy. Thanks for everything Guildford Marine has done for us. See you
upon our return.
The bet is on – 5p it is!
& Steve –
I left the UK I’m sure that I was joint owner of our house and therefore
entitled to a joint say in all house decisions. Obviously, out of sight out of
– make yourself at home although Laura has cancelled Sky
– you’re staying in the garage after the incident at the
Mr Scotland and very kind of you to say so. If Rich got injured before you were
on my shortlist of reserves.
for the text. You’d love it out here – you can escape Katie!
for the race position texts, very helpful. Chat Sunday.
Hi ya – long time no hear. I’d completely forgotten about bike pump
incident in halls and burst out laughing when I read your
& Charles –
Strangely, Rich and I were only talking about the Panama Canal last night
because Dave Brooks (solo rower) is planning to leave his boat in Antigua and
return back later in the year and row through the canal and across the Pacific –
nutter! Glad you had a nice holiday and Laura was certainly kept busy whilst you
were away – both our PA’s! Have a good weekend with Dan &
If your cake baking tribute is any good please do me a batch for when I
Very jealous you are going to the England game this weekend.
It’s been too long but cheers for the text. Hope life is good in NY and
you can kick a ball with your right foot now!
It was really interesting to read your most recent Yacht Pals article and
get an update about the other boats.
I’ve just read your letter and it was really sweet, thank you. Looking
forward to seeing you when we get home.
& Jan Sutton – Lovely to hear from you
and I know that Nan is avidly dot watching too.
For some reason I didn’t think they were Tuna’s – I don’t think of them
as being in the Atlantic. Dorado’s work for me and I’ll try and convince Richie.
Be strong for your mum.
& Shirley -
Thanks again for the quotes.
row must go on – Antigua here we come.