After the adventures of two nights ago we finally had a quiet night last night. Mark and James have been back on the manual steering at night - the auto-helm is still a bit dodgy. We have been a bit slower since we capsized. It’s not because we have lost the will to fight, it’s just that the wind and waves are a bit tamer so we aren't getting the same push forward on the surf. The problem with the auto-helm is frustrating but we are getting used to solving problems and getting on with it.
It could only happen to me but when we were hit I was in the cabin cleaning my backside. I had just shut the door and then I heard the wave crash. I heard the noise then I hit my head on the door handle. Luckily where there was no lasting damage - where there is no sense there’s no feeling! Once I had got myself sorted I got out onto deck and went to help Cayle back on deck. By the time I got out he was already half way over the side, he was climbing in through the gap between the deck and the oars. He looked pretty calm but it must have been scary. After a quick head check we did a quick sweep of the deck. I got back in and cleaned the cabin and James and Cayle just started rowing again. I called my fiancé Amy the next day and I was pleased to hear that she sounded ok. Dad just said get on with it – he would say that wouldn’t he!
Overall things are going alright, the weather is improving and the waves getting smaller. I think the sun is coming too. But the test is still a big one and I have been feeling a bit down. I think some of the other guys must be feeling it too. We can handle all of this crossing, but the weather has just been rubbish. We are constantly soaking wet. It’s miserable and cold.
All I want a nice dry sunny day.