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I have said it hundreds of times and it will never change, the big mileage days are the easy ones. The ones that really count are the tough days, they are the days that really make the crossing as quick...
Thought I would start with something positive as it’s been a tough day. It’s been a cloudy day (Good as it keeps the heat down) but light fluffy clouds that look like giant upside down stepping stones, little parches of...
Was going to write an Alastair Cooke blog but I’m a bit pushed for time and very tired so I will leave that as a tease and do a short report about today. The wind calmed over night and I...
Bit of a strange day today. Got up after a really bad nights sleep as the boat was gawky all night, I had bruises on my thighs where I had been bracing myself. Anyway, up and at it. The good...
First Half Tough start today, couldn’t work out if it was me that couldn’t get going, the boat, wind or water. To be honest I think it was a combination of all of them. I was shattered this morning and...
This is a very different blog than I thought I would be writing. My first hour on the oars was quite good this morning, then the boat got heavy, the water sticky and I slowed to a crawl for the...
I was extremely tired all day to day as sleep has been in short supply over the last few nights. However it was still a reasonable day, very confused at times but at others I found a little rhythm and...
Looking at my GPS, I’m far enough out and South, that if I tried to get back to the coast I would have to head for Mexico. Add to that, the westerly swell finally changed a little today and I...
Today was a little tougher than the previous two days. It’s funny but within 3 or 4 oar strokes in the first session you can usually tell what kind of a day you are in for. I knew this morning...
There was a clear sky for the first time last night and the stars were out in full force, very impressive. By the time I started rowing this morning, it was back to mist and fog. Had a half decent...
Tough day yesterday, ended up with the para anchor out last night which protected my ground ok but the boat does yaw a lot when she is on the anchor which makes it tough to sleep. My back was stiff...
Well last nights rowing was a bust. It was getting proper stormy, big wind and swell so I battened down the hatches and turned in. The boat was beaten up pretty bad by the swell and as a consequence I...
Had a tough day yesterday as reported but it got a little easier in the evening and managed to row at good speed and direction for the last couple of hours. When I quit at 7pm, I was tempted to...
Well I had a whole plan to make big inroads today. I’ve been slowly tweaking this each day to get a bit more out of the poor conditions. I have fashioned a torch holder to illuminate the compass at night...
There are three types of time on an Ocean rowing boat: Time to row Time to eat Time to sleep There is one other type of activity on the boat which is essential duties, this is not a form of...