So i have had a really bad few days again mentally,
but im not gonna send another one of those blogs!!!!!
Since we have been out at sea now, all the charts
suggest we should be having good conditions but i can count on one hand the
amount of days that we have had correct winds and waves. Its soul distroying.
The lack of space and decent food is also a major factor for me. And im letting
it show. Tom gets very frustrated with me as i tell him im having a shit day and
i take things personally when we arent moving, thats just how i am. I dont think
he has had a good day yet, or a bad day or for that matter an indifferent day.
Neither of our mind sets are bad, just deal with things in totally
So we went on para anchor two days ago now having
made no distance at all and although we started rowing again, tom has just said
we arent making any progress, so i guess we will be stopping again.......this
On top of all of this, our water maker decided to
break yesturday, we got informed that our AIS, although was telling ships we
were there, was not telling them what we are, where we are going etc and also
our VHF isnt very strong and that the big tanker yersturday that tom talked
about had to get close for us to hear him.
Well, to stop panic back with you, i managed
to get the water maker working again by reseting the whole thing. Thankfully we
have a spare and we are close enough to antigua that we have more than enough
fresh water on board so im not worried about that anyway. Going through the
AIS, the laptop says that its all fine but going through the settings on the
system itself i saw that our details were "hidden" so i turned that off.
Hopefully that will do the trick. The VHF, is just a weak signal, there is
nothing we can do about that, i think "so it is what it is", as i like to say,
is the attitude ill take for that one.
Thats about it really, we had some dolphins visit
just as i started to row again but they disappeared as quickly as they arrived.
I did an hour of rowing and now tom is doing his hour just so we get back
into our shifts. I suspect we will put the anchor out again and the
frustration grows. Never has there been such a slow race. I must say
a congrates to charlie for finishing but with the other solo's so far
behind, up to 1700 miles you cant help thinking sorry for the guys at the
back. Its such ashame this race has been
marred by so many miss fortunes and delays. I just hope that bosses and work
collogues see the problems and that no body looses jobs etc over
I talked alot before we started about what i was
looking forward to the most well i was so looking forward to rowing under a
full moon. We are gonna see two on this trip and on both occassions we are
gonna be stuck in the cabin, smelly, no room and all the rest. If ive lerant a
few things from this trip its, im never doing anything like this again whatever
i get asked to do, ill value everything have back at home much much more
and although i wont stop doing these challenges ill stick to the more
physical ones rather than the mental ones. You have no control out here and it
does my head in.
Enjoy the rain guys, god i wish i was there.