Currently 250 nauties lie between me and the beach. Strong SE winds due on Friday, through to Wednesday, so we are likely to turbo even faster than our present mile munching pace. So much turbo that Ricardo has suggested an ETA of just 5-7 days hence. I am on my way and we are about to land this baby.
After some sensible chats, I have decided to keep pushing on to the beach, and discard my dreamy plan of possibly anchoring up to wait for my Mum and Matthew (and clean clothes!). The risks of not making a land to land crossing under my own steam (this is the greatest hallmark of ocean rowing), or of getting boshed on rocks or squashed by shipping are too great. Hence, everything possible is being done to try and change their flights, and I am rowing all the hours under the sun. And the moon and the stars. Needless to say I am fairly jolly zonked.
Course-wise, I am trying to stay West or WSW, to guard against the Northage we’re likely to gain with this strong stuff coming in. Don’t want to go flying North before I choose to point and shoot at the beach.
For those of you in tune with Google Earth on my tracker – the spot I’m aiming for is the Southern entrance to Grand Port. SE side of the island, with the intention of stepping ashore in Mahebourg Bay. This is all subject to change as I draw nearer – local weather conditions may force me elsewhere, but this is the goal.
So, that is the current state of play…we’ll keep you updated.
Meanwhile , please all eat lots of chocolate on my behalf – I’m all out of any such goodies. In fact, my larder now holds only porridge, mush, one bar of nougat and a final box of Boat Jelly.
And finally… The charity total for Arthritis Care is looking great, but still ever so slightly shy of 10K…So, as I go for the final 250 mile push, maybe you lovely land Tweedles could encourage all your mates, colleagues et al et al to throw some squiddlers that way in sympathy with my tiredy muscles, squealy joints and protesting Lower Deck. Teamwork is dreamwork, folks 🙂
Let’s land this baby…
Outey Toot Final-Two-Fifty Toot x x
Taylagh Adams- Great email, thank you. Too much cool stuff to look at to get bored out here! Hope to visit your school next tear when I’m in Oz.
Jane – Chocstock completely depleted! Fresh fruit & veggies top of my wishlist.
Douglas Piercey – I hold RD in high regard as one of the most accessible science writers around. I think his commentaries on religion are astute, scrupulously researched, rational & logical. I have no religious beliefs, just a love of & interest in the natural world & science & evidence-based truth about it.
CLASH – Thanks for your message – can’t wait for chocfest. Good luck with the fashion show.
Ruth & Tony, Edinburgh – Pilot whales, fin whales, sei whales (I think), pilot fish, tuna, dorado!
Xtina – Meet you soon! Your boys must be nearly landed?! Send them big salty hugs from me.
George & Cousin J – Heard about festival plans – look after him George!
Dagmar – Yup, very hungry now.