is day 60 at sea for Richie and I and we have continued our brutal 2 hours
rowing, 2 hours resting pattern for about 80% of this time – we’ve spent about a
total of 14 days on para anchor. However the good news is that the end is in
sight (well, we can’t see land yet) but we’re edging ever closer. As I type we
have 355 miles to go and we’re continuing our 50 miles (approx) per day.
60 days (2 months and one day) has
surprisingly gone quickly but nonetheless is a hell of a long time to be
“racing”. Rich and I couldn’t think of any annual human powered race in any
sport that lasts as long as this. Someone please prove us wrong and please email
or text the boat as we have given it some thought.
we have been tickling the 1-tonne Red Arrow through the Atlantic at what must
appear to be a snails pace whilst you probably think that your PC has frozen
because the dot is moving so slowly I’ve been thinking what all of you would
have been doing including……….. Going to work, waiting for a late train, getting
stuck in traffic, having 2 pay days (that would be nice for us), de-icing your
car, watching England scrape some results in the Six Nations, putting your
umbrella up, turning the central heating up, having a power shower, sitting on
actual toilet, watching crap on TV, listening to the radio (I miss Jonny
Vaughan!), the odd few sessions at the gym, going for a ski holiday, walking
further than 2 steps, having a
dirty weekend away, wallowing in a hot bath, de-icing your car, having boring
meetings at work, putting your clothes through a washing machine and then
ironing them, paying bills, going out for a meal, having a chat with one of your
mates on your mobile and not having to worry that it is costing you a fortune,
spending time with your family, getting an email from your boss and thinking “do
it yourself”, planning your holidays, watching the devastation in Haiti unfold,
de-icing your car, dot watching, sending bad jokes to Rich & Tom (some of
you), having sex, watching Match of the Day (not at the same time as having
sex), putting the bins out, taking the kids to school, breast feeding, going to
the Supermarket, filling the car up with petrol, spending time with your
partner, having a lie-in, putting your thermals on, making a cuppa, surfing the
net, taking money out of the cash point, de-icing your
could go on but I think you get the drift and I’m sure you were reading the list
going “yes” or “no” depending to what applied to you. The repetition of
“de-icing your car” was my attempt at weather gloating for those who have
experienced the worst winter on record in the UK. For the last 60 days Rich and
I have lived a very primitive lifestyle and rowed, ate and slept pretty much in
that order with the odd bit of emailing and bodily functions thrown in for good
measure. We’ve done none of the day-to-day “normal” activities listed above –
especially not the sex bit which does bring me on to a very unusual bit of
information for you as Rich confessed to having brought condoms onboard!! No joke. This trip has made me realise
how much we do in a “normal day” at home and how life is made easy and nice by
all the mod cons we have. In some senses this challenge has been a trip back to
the dark ages but then we are surrounded by high tech phones, emergency beacons
at the same time which is a real contrast.
really now starting to focus on crossing the finish line. The image of pulling
into English Harbour and seeing loved ones on the harbour has been keeping me
motivated for the last 2 years or so. To put the finish in perspective for you I
see it as one of those days that I will never forget and it will rank alongside
the following; getting
married, seeing your child being born, passing your driving test, remembering
where you were when England won the 2003 Rugby World Cup, when 911 happened and
when it was announced Princess Diana died. When we hopefully arrive in Antigua
it will join that exclusive list and I can’t wait!
latest top 5 tunes………………
Day in Paradise
Up As People
Always Get What You Wanted The
row must go on – Antigua here we come.
few personal messages from me…….
Happy Birthday and please blame my PA for my lateness! Thanks for the cricket
goodies before I went away as these were really appreciated.
Geoff and Glenda
Hello in South Africa and thanks for cheering us on from there.
Andy Downie –
Please no more of those jokes – we promise to row quicker! I hope you
had a good time in France.
Ah, that’s better now we got the whole joke – like it! We’ll make sure we
come and see you the next time we’re down in Devon.