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The end is starting to feel a bit more real now. One sign of that is that we are starting to run out of some of our food. We have been out here for about 5 weeks now. We still have all the main scoff but the luxuries are almost finished. No whisky since last week – in another life that might have sunk my morale BUT its ok because I can almost smell the Caribbean beer from here. 

We lost most of our snack packs (the little bags of treats that we had) when we capsized back in the middle of December. All of this means that we are now into our new game - ‘ration roulette’. First off, you don’t always get the sweets and things you want. Secondly it means quit often you don’t get anything. This has 2 benefits: 1. I should have the ultimate beach-body by the time I get to Antigua, and 2.It breaks the boredom and gives us something to be excited about.

The main excitement is getting there so seeing Antigua and our families is always in our thoughts! I can’t wait to see Amy and to finally get to the end. We have only got about 700 miles to go which, as crazy as it sounds, feels quite close! Rowing progress is the best it has been all trip and we did close to 150 miles over the last 2 days. The weather is better and worse (you always pay some price) because it is nice and hot but also a bit rough. Sorry it’s a short one tonight I have to go back to work!

Love from Scotty

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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.

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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!

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