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Sunday was the best day of the row so far. Brilliant. Nice weather and a good wind behind us. But things changed early on Monday morning when James woke me up at 1am and told me to get the para-anchor out of my cabin. It is a massive parachute which you chuck into the sea to hold your position. We need it because the wind is so strong now it is physically impossible to row against it. We have had to drop our para-anchor to stop ourselves from drifting back towards the start!

The highs so far have been 1) the good rowing conditions on Sunday, and 2) our new visitor, some kind of locust which is sitting by the teddy bear on our the stern cabin and 3) making a call home. Lows are 1) weather, 2) missing home.

The weather has been so unpredictable I have not managed to get used to it. You get into the cabin and it’s sunny and then when you come out again it’s pouring with rain, windy or totally different. I have never seen waves as big as this in my life. Crazy big waves, quite scary at times. James and Cayle seem to be more used to it but I think everyone is keeping a lid on their fears. We have stopped rowing and now have to sit here and ride it out until the weather improves. Our routine has changed to 1 hour shifts on deck to monitor the boat’s safety and check that para-anchor does not get tangled or damaged. The weather is not going to improve much until Thursday so we could be on this bloody thing for 3 days. Hopefully we can get going sooner. At the moment we just need to hang in there.

However bad it gets I can’t let it get to me. I just I think of the guys who are more injured and worse off than me and that gets me through it. I am doing this for my mates and the guys that did not make it.

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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