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The blogs have been getting late in the day as we make the most of our improved conditions. Believe it or not I spent this afternoon receiving an acupuncture treatment from Jenks for my sore shoulder. We had a nice day today, very hot, but both today and yesterday were slow. We have a 10 – 15 knots wind and we really need 20 knots to get going properly. Thankfully the weather forecast is 18 – 20 knots for the next week or so and this should mean improved pace is on the horizon. The major upside is that we have finally regained the initiative and it’s no longer a battle of attrition. The last 4 – 5 days have been shorts and T-shirt, or simply Speedos and gloves if Jenks gets his way!

Weather at sea

The race duty officer sends us a daily weather text but his covers the whole fleet who are spread out over about 1,000 miles. We also have a specific report for our crew from the fantastic Tony Humphreys which is very accurate to our own location. The next 3 weeks should be easier to predict than the first 3. The weather should be more consistent and more predictable. We are running with the North equatorial current and the Trade winds. Ocean currents are caused by consistent winds blowing in a consistent direction and this is one of the reasons we went south so early. We have seen so little wildlife recently and have seen no boats for about a week but we did see a transatlantic flight – this is closest we have come to civilisation.

Fighting on

We went swimming yesterday and cleaned barnacles off the hull. It’s been our first opportunity to clean the hull. The anti-foul treatment worked well so we only had 15 – 20 min job. The routine is to have 1 person on shark-watch whilst others are washing. It is quite spooky being in the water – it’s about 4 – 5km below you and god knows what beneath you. The daily challenges continue and we don’t expect that to change. Nearly all of our deck hatches leak so almost every day we have to bail out and pump out our hatches. Thankfully the rations are waterproofed because things like fruit pastilles die immediately if exposed to water. We lost 50 snack packs in capsize!

I don’t think about the bigger picture a lot of the time, you are normally just absorbed by the day to day demands of life on board. But on a personal level you cannot help but be humbled by what all the guys are doing. Because Cayle and Scott have been through and are going through the rehab process they know what inspired them to get back into action. We hope this expedition will provide hope to others who are going through rehab.


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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