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It’s been an exciting few days. Morale is soaring as we look forward to our last week at sea. With some calm conditions we managed to get overboard and clean the boat today. Another rare event occurred when, having waited for most of the race for a visitor we have just received 2 in one go. The race support yacht ‘Mystique’ appeared almost at the same time as we received a visit from a huge ocean liner called ‘the World’. The captain used his VHF radio to communicate with us and then they announced who were to all of their passengers. The cruise liner came amazingly close and but it was navigated with such skill that we didn’t feel in danger – thank you Captain Lancaster! It was quite a surreal moment with all the passengers on deck looking at our piddling little boat and snapping away on their cameras. We had a good chat with liner on the VHF radio but had to turn down their kind offer of food and drinks – it’s against race regulations don’t you know!

Taking on a bit of boat cleaning in the calm conditions!

The weather has been quite rough for the last few days and we always seem to fare well in those conditions but now that we are almost neck and neck with the Polo boys I fear that things are going to calm down again. We are going to keep fighting all the way to the line but the bad weather is our best chance of making it in the best possible time. Today was almost flat calm which is a bit frustrating. I have also had to deal with our computer which has been playing up since we capsized and has put a real damper on our media transmissions – sorry for our lack of blogs! The computer has been up and down for a few weeks now but things are finally looking up. My mentor Tom Stanbury the computer guru would be proud.

Other more surreal things are taking place too. Scott has developed a sixth sense and has now been nicknamed ‘rainman’ – no matter what the weather is can tell you if the rain is on its way or not. He has become at one with the ocean! All of this could be down to the latest craze between Scott and Cayle who have taken to giving each other beard massages – it seems to be bringing them some kind of strange happiness. Other odd behaviours are emerging due to the completion for scare treats onboard - the lack of food even led me to successfully offer dinner with my girlfriend to Scott, all in exchange for a Snickers bar.

There is something unnerving about all this – can we get to land please! 

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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