“Facing backwards, you see the wave coming, as the boat reaches the top of the wave, we up the pace; pulling with all our might until the oars go slack in the water and we are off! Surfing down the face of the wave, oars out of the foaming water, sea spray flying all around us. Some of the bigger waves make the ride seem like forever, we are pushing hard, sometimes it is just crazy, crazy crazy.” Dom Mee.
“Right now they have to average 84 miles a day to break the record and it is touch and go but the weather is looking like it is going to be absolutely perfect for the foreseeable future; they have a great ‘wind lane’ of east, north easterly wind of between 15 and 25 knots. In ocean rowing terms averaging 84 miles a day is phenomenal pace but they have been achieving very close to that for the last four days, if they can keep it up they are in with a good chance of breaking that record.” Tactical weather navigator, Mike Broughton.
“Generally morale remains high. There was even an impromptu naked YMCA dance routine by those not on the oars to keep everyone amused! Night time rowing provides a welcome escape from the sun but it is no less tiring as the two hour on two hour off rota means this is the main time for decent rest. To date getting woken to go rowing every 2 hours has not been getting easier! The prospect is considerably worse when it is raining torrentially in the small hours as it has on a couple of occasions.
Having said this we have witnessed some spectacular pastel coloured sunsets, sunrises and brilliant views of the moon and stars. Dom and Pete saw dolphins at night, heard a whale breaching (though I still think it could have been one of them out of breath!) and even saw a bizarre midnight rainbow of white light.
The T1000 Aka Tom Rendell and I haven't yet been so lucky on the wildlife front but flying fish and shooting stars have become ten-a-penny! My turn for rowing again so I will sign off. I would like to take this opportunity though to thank all those of you who have posted messages of support. They are very well received, keep them coming.
STOP PRESS: A minor disaster stuck earlier today as the ship's head (toilet) was lost overboard! Luckily a replacement was sourced from the ship's stores - ie. We have a spare bucket!” Crewman Ed James.