Last night we were surrounded by electrical storms, it was like something from a film as you saw the lightening all around us. It is one of the best parts of being out here. That feeling of being insignificant and seeing the power of nature. The sunrises and sunsets are amazing and the force of nature is with you all the time.
Looking back, the start of the race was quite confusing and we had struggled to identify were the real start line was before we were off. We made ok progress to the first waypoint and had headed south so we could avoid the next Island Hierro.
Rowing effort has been really hard going. There are no following winds and the long night rows are demanding. We are all adapting to life on board and to the routine of rowing, cleaning, eating and sleeping. The ration packs that we are eating have dehydrated food and so far they taste ok. Porridge with blueberries and spaghetti Bolognese are my two favourites for now.
We heard the sad news that one of the crews, Atlantic Trio, had been forced to turn back. Since we have had a bird following us for the last few days we have decided to rename him Hamish after one of the Atlantic Trio crew members. Brighter news was hearing that our buddies in the Inspirational Friends crew are back on track after some technical problems. Keep going girls!
Overall back in the Row2Recovery boat, we are all working well and everyone is managing to get on and off shift and keep the discipline up. Routine is still hard going, and it feels like there is a constant knock on the door telling you that it’s time to get up again. Even though we don’t get a long single sleep we are still getting enough sleep to feel in good shape.
On the technical front the adapted seat has been amazing – thanks Dad, you did an unbelievable job. I have also been able to move around on deck with no problems and I have been traversing between the bow (front) and stern (rear) cabins as we complete all our jobs.
Finally, getting into our routine has given us a chance to reflect a bit more on the bigger project. I have been thinking not just how spectacular the sea scape is, but how good it is to still be around and to participate in something like this. We are trying to raise the profile of the wounded service personnel. Scott said that he is doing it for his mates and for the guys that didn’t make it. That thought is a strong motivation for all of us.