It’s 0630, we’ve been out with Bob for nearly 12 hours and are running straight back down the line I rowed yesterday. Nearly in exactly the same spot I was 24 hours ago! I have a suspicion we might also be in a southward current of some sort as I am going SE in a SW wind. So the east makes sense but not the south. The same happened last night too. Latest on the weather is that the whole system is looking very unstable and we’re not entirely sure what will happen. However, Ricardo ventured to hope that it won’t hit me as hard, or for as long, as he first thought. Maybe we’ll escape the fangs yet. Fingers crossed. It’s 20 knots, gusting 25, at the moment and rising. Not too crazy yet, but still eating away at our miles run and throwing us about a bit at times.
Talking of miles, I rowed to within 12 nauties of the 90th degree yesterday – the closest yet. So close I think I saw the whites of his eyes. You know – the little man with the orange flag who sits at the 90th degree, checking people in and out, East and West? Hehe. I feel like a climber making an assault on a high mountain and acclimatising in stages, going up, coming down, going up, coming down… though for my part not by choice.
So, day 50 – my half century at sea. Maybe if I’m really lucky the whole low will shoot off somewhere else very quickly and we’ll be able to do a bit of rowing. Otherwise ,this will be the first day of the whole trip where I’ve not rowed at all.
Meanwhile we’ll sweat it out in the cabin. See how many books I can read. Sleep. Stop myself getting boshed too frequently.
Note about the watermaker – nothing to do with Jamie. It was installed by someone in Fremantle. No great drama – if I need to hand pump I have a separate one.
Note about chocolate: Getting fat is the last thing to worry about out here! The ten hours rowing a day goes some way to burning all the extra weight I put on in my ‘Fattening up for the Ocean’ regime before I came away. I lost 5kg on my ten day Warm Up Lap…
Libby – Would love a puppy! Or seven if they can doggy paddle us across. Do they have sea legs? Indeed I remember Gwen. Glad about returning to school.
Ted & Students- What a cool name for a school. Thanks for your message.
Ian B – Cider festival sounds ace ; my choice drink. Please have lots on my behalf.
Jamie & Emily-Your lives will never be the same again -aren’t they delicious?
BPC -Enjoy these final weeks of school! Did you get my email m’dear?
Xtina – Lots of very cool plankton…birds…fish… Whales and dolphins earlier in the crossing…6 albsatrosses in total…