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Larry here, or for those of you in the know you would probably want to rename me Lazarus. Dear reader if all of this is already too confusing for you then perhaps you should have paid attention to Mark’s blog on day 7. If you didn’t then please reattach yer bifocals and try again. It’s further down on the blog list you mug…


Anyway, I am ghost writing tonight’s blog to give the crew a rest. Since those young blades jettisoned me over the side you might have thought that I was a goner. But no, I am living proof that you can fight back, even from the most dire of circumstances. So having been washed out to sea it wasn’t looking good and it didn’t help that those bastards failed to pack a lifejacket for me. Nonetheless, I have managed to text this report back on my pint sized satellite phone. I am currently in command of my new vessel, the HMS flotsam and jetsam, aka a dismembered bit of sofa foam wot some drunken sailer hoyed overboard (God bless em).

So what’s been happening? Well here in Mordor the temperatures are unseasonably cold. However, the flipside seems to have been positively biblical waves, so all in all it’s a bit of a crap gig. I have been feeling seasick for about 2 weeks now and I’m so damn dehydrated I’m starting to look like a raisin. Or perhaps like one of those sunbathing pensioners you see in the ‘saf of France innit?!

So mine is a tough gig, unlike those charlatans in Row2Recovery. They have been having it pretty easy with minor events like the storage hatches flooding, a broken oar and a pending criminal investigation following the night when one of them pushed me into the sea. IT WAS SCOTT BLANEY WOT DUNNIT…. but he will deny everything the little weasel!

Other events for the crew have been a 2 day odyssey to fix the auto-helm which has been playing up like a good ‘un. The auto-helm has been making a strange buzzing noise (my favourite) and then repeatedly cutting out (serves them right for deserting me). Anyway, just when I thought the sword of Damocles had got ‘em they only went and sorted it out. Despite being in second place they are all rather frustrated as without the technical mishaps they would have made even more progress. Based on what I have seen so far I predict they will win. 

As many of you will know, nice guys finish last, so whilst I will float in far behind that does give the ladies more time to prepare to celebrate my arrival.  But speaking of the downtrodden or down on their luck, lets spare a thought for the cause that these young urchins are doing this all for – to raise money for wounded soldiers and their families. While I hate the crew of Row2Recovery, their cause demands respect SO get yer hands in your pockets and donate now at www.row2recovery.com


Kiss on the lips,


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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!!!!!!!!

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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