23rd Peter Barnes –
I’m guessing now but I think you’re either going to be 23 or 24. Either way,
have a good one and I hope your brothers remember! Thanks for the email the
other week and looking forward to seeing you and Faye down at Sam’s wedding.
21st Hero! –
know the big day is tomorrow but Rich will be doing the blog tomorrow so you
will have to excuse me being a day early. HAPPY BIRTHDAY in advance and you must
be 21 again! Knowing you I’m sure it will be a low key, quiet night
50 – we’re now into our 7th week at sea. I seem to remember it
took Cracknell & Fogle 49 or 50 days to do the crossing but I don’t think
they had over a week on para anchor!
Hot, hot, hot…….and our mileage was better over the last day which was
Nope, nothing since the big tanker last week.
major – we’re sticking to the shift system religiously and trying to do as many
miles as we can each day. I just want to share with you all one thing for
other day I spoke to my elder brother, Adam, who lives out in Dubai with his
family for the first time since I’ve been at sea. 18 months older than me we
grew up together and shared many great times and I was best man at his wedding.
Adam was sceptical of me doing the row and a year or so ago he wrote me a long
letter explaining his concerns. I guess he was prepared to say what many friends
and family were thinking. Uncle David was another family member who wrote me
several long emails of a similar nature. Coming from a military background he
knew danger and risk more than most. I have a great deal of respect for both of
them and deep down it just shows that they both care. At the time my responses
to both of them was very lengthy and along the lines of;
explained that what I would be doing was dangerous, there were risks and there
were many unknowns but if we prepared properly we could understand and minimise
these risks as best as possible.
explained that nobody had died whilst taking part in one of the organised races
before. However, many have failed and required rescuing although sadly because
of the nature of the event I think that a fatality is only a question of time.
explained that I have always wanted to row an ocean and that if you have a dream
you should go for it. I would prefer to try and fail than to not try at all.
explained that I wanted to raise money to help James Downie and fellow Ataxia
sufferers. My 2 months of hardship would be nothing compared to what people with
Ataxia suffer day in day out.
went on about other bits and pieces as well………..
summed up by saying that neither of them had written to me saying that they were
concerned I was cycling 17 miles to and from work most days where people are
knocked off their bikes or sadly killed in some circumstances. This was a case
with a colleague at work last year and it was a tragic loss of life. Sadly more
people will die cycling to and from work than have done from Ocean Rowing races.
hearing my reasons they both pretty much came back to me and said, “Right, if
that’s the case and you’ve made up your mind then we’ll do what we can to help.”
I’m very lucky to have such a supportive family and this has without doubt
helped me during the tough times out here.
50 degrees West – should be by Wednesday morning.
Ham getting another win.
getting their 3rd win of the Six Nations against Ireland on
f the day goes to Lynda and Charles - .
Man goes to the Dr. with severe
sunburn. Dr. says I can do very little, but I can give you some
Viagra!, says the patient, what good is that????
No good at
all, says the Dr. but at least it will keep the sheets off your legs at
night while you sleep.
row must go on – Antigua here we come. Rich and I have just changed our GPS
waypoint to the finish line and it is currently reading 727 miles to run! We’re
going to try and eat these miles up as quickly as we can – “ROW RICHIE,