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The experience of finally getting under way was amazing. To have the support of our families and friends who had made the journey out here was great, and this just added to massive support that we felt with so many calls, emails and every kind of positive message you could imagine.

To experience the once in a lifetime feeling of embarking on something like this is really special, but the supporters’ boats and film helicopter are quickly becoming a distant memory and it won’t be long before we won’t see another crew until the finish line. In many ways though it is just a relief to be under way. Now that the tensions of last minute preparation have passed we can focus on the task in hand.

We are keen to show our intent, but all of us in the fleet are off to a challenging start as there is a decent headwind against us. The wind is strong enough that if you don’t row you will go backwards! We have made a course adjustment to find better weather so don’t be deceived by our drop in position within the fleet. There is a plan!

The conditions are quite rough and we are still adjusting to rolling around in the waves, but all the crew are in good shape and there is no seasickness. The night-shift is undoubtedly the least favourite aspect of life on board for now. Our two three hour shifts from mid-night to 3am and 3am to 6am are tough. The starry night has been a good compensation though, it is a real highlight.

The first night did provide a few of those “what the hell am I doing this for?” moments, but overall we are enjoying being out here. It’s not as miserable as people would have you believe and we are getting into the routine quite quickly. Other adjustments are proving even more seamless and we have managed to transition into naked mode very quickly indeed. The highest bidder may be able to persuade us to do a Christmas calendar…

For now we just have to take it one shift at a time. We have a long way to go to complete our mission!

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After a frustrating last 24 hours or so we began today with slow conditions and not much visibility. It was quite squally, with little rain showers coming and going, but things cleared quite abruptly around 8am and suddenly we could see land. After being hidden in the mist it appeared out of nowhere and it seemed really close! This last stretch was totally different to the first half of the race. For so much of this crossing the weather has been horrific, I have never experienced anything like this. Yesterday morning at 8 am marked the first time in the entire race that we had a full 24 hours out of full foul weather gear and today is also the first day that an equipment failure would not be a cause for emotional devastation. I always thought that we would make it, but equipment failures could have slowed us down a lot. The thought of breakages always kept us on edge. But now we can finally enjoy the realisation that WE HAVE DONE IT!!!!!!!!

Read More | posted on Jan 21, 2014


It feels great to count down the hours and the miles. It is a big morale boost to know that we are almost there. For most of the crossing I had felt confident that we would make it but we did have a few scares. When the auto-helm broke I did worry that we would be down to one rower for the whole crossing. One rowing and one hand-steering would have been a horrible routine. Luckily we managed to fix it. But the most important bit of equipment is my leg - it has never let me down.

Read More | posted on Jan 20, 2014


Hard as it is to believe, this is my final blog! It has been a moment to reflect on an extraordinary 7 weeks at sea and an even more extraordinary group of people. By that I mean not just the guys in the boat, but the many wounded persons that they represent. I have been thinking a lot about what this team has achieved and what we hope others can achieve. This project has been about setting a huge challenge, committing wholeheartedly to it and then facing every challenge head on in pursuit of our goal. There have been no excuses only a choice to live this experience to its fullest and to take a positive attitude to all things. I hope that we have demonstrated that it is not what people see in you but what you go on to do that counts. I want to thank to all those who have personally supported me – you know who you are. There were a few people who said it could not be done. Oh dear… you will have to kiss my nappy-rash!

Read More | posted on Jan 19, 2014