Seablog: There she blows!

Well, my ‘Shark!’ call to arms yesterday yielded two whales today. Reverse psychology or something,they said. Nay sure what they were, seeing but only a brief serendipitous glimpse, but can assuredly say they were big and black and very whaley.Always welcome visitors, they arched for a gulp of air before deep diving and surfed on.

We have done much the same, though with less diving. The wind is still being kind and we have clocked beautiful 40+ milers for the past 4 days. With bright, clear nights recently I’ve been putting in extra hours, too, and if the rainclouds stay away later I shall do the same tonight. I had to leave a conversation with Orion half-finished yesterday as I kept falling asleep at the oars – usually a painful action as thwacking of ribs or bashing of fingers generally follows. From oars, not Orion, you understand he is peaceful enough.

And so this is our hello from Day 90 at sea. With 20 degrees left to run, we’re looking at a journey time somewhat longer than anticipated, but no worries, mate. All is still good in the shire of the lovely Dippers – we’re not going to starve for a good while yet and the chocolate supply is still healthy enough not to warrant undue concern. Until then, we are a happy crew.

From Day 90,
Outey Toot Toot x x

Flickertyroo -Still awaiting turtles…
Xtina – Choc supplies still good up here in the North – 4 bars today. And a packet of minstrels being saved for some time between now and M.Spoke to FF yday too. Invited them N for jelly breakfast.
John Skevington – Thanks for your thoughts . Double harness would get in the way of rowing, and I fear be a source of entanglement on an otherwise tangle-free boat. My single leash reaches to both ends of the boat. Knife handy.
Guy Warner – Wonderful poem,thanks-what’s the title?
Libby – Here’s hoping I’m home and dry before the new term! Enjoy Canada.

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5 Responses to Seablog: There she blows!

  1. Susie Hewson says:

    Sadly, fishing for sharks in international waters is unrestricted. We can all support the United Nations resolution calling for immediate shark catch limits and apply pressure for a meaningful ban on shark finning by writing, emailing your local politicians, wherever they may be. Power of the voice to make change happen – let’s go get it done!

    Congrats on day 90 Sarah and glad to note that happy tone once again. Not sure, but don’t eh turtles head North to find Jelly fish in the southern winter? Susie Hewson

  2. Amy Bryant says:

    Happy 90th day Sarah, I’m glad you’ve had some company to celebrate with. Can’t wait to read what you see next.
    It’s hot hot hot in London, could do with a bit of water to dip my toes into…
    Keep it up Outey xxx

  3. Jill and Stan Lewis says:

    Its blowing gales here. The harbour has been closed for 4 days, however I’m more comfotable here and still totally in awe of you.
    Stay safe and love,

  4. Jane Spence says:

    Hi Sarah, an airliner went down around the Commorros Islands overnight so if you notice any unusual activity/traffic it may be connected to that.

    here, they deployed the roof over Wimbledon for the first time yesterday – and by the time it was all rolled into place and the air exchangers had started, the rain had stopped!

    have a good day – and row your happy socks off! best jane

  5. xtina says:


    I was seriously thinking that somebody should put together a :

    “What to eat during an Ocean Row” ( +the extra’s ~ like chocolate)

    Maybe knowing you, you have that under control!!?
    Note pad at the ready for important items which girls get right and some boys don’t!!
    Girl Power and all that!!!

    Enjoy yourself but take care.

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