Message from Explore's PR & Sponsorships Manager: We’re into the final few days of Team Explore’s epic journey across the Atlantic now and they are putting everything into it as they fight to win the British Record. They need to row at least 40 nautical miles each and every day to stand a chance and at the moment they’re travelling around 42 every 24 hours. They’re doing extra shifts at the oars so sleeping less and having to get through pain barriers every day with sores, blisters and aching muscles, but as Annie says in her latest blog, “We’re on the home stretch now and the last thing I want to be saying to myself when it’s all over is, “If only”!
Again, take a few moments to send them some encouragement as every positive message they get in the next few days will spur them on. They are only 300nm from the finish line, so it could all be over by this time next week!!
Annie’s Blog – Thursday 11th March
Since the last blog the weather conditions have done sort of what they were supposed to have done. But we need them to improve and improve fast if we’re to achieve that GB record.
The swell has moved behind us over night, but the wind is still blowing strongly form the south. We need every day now, to be pretty much a 40 mile+ day, so we’ll be doing everything in our capability to achieve that including extra hours on the oars. That will of course mean less sleep but the sleep we do grab in between watches will be even more appreciated. We’re on the home stretch now and the last thing I want to be saying to myself when it’s all over is, “If only”!
Nothing much changes on an ocean rowing boat, so it’s hard for me to know exactly what you might like reading. Our thoughts and decisions remain pretty much the same day by day…
”What direction shall we take? I know…let’s go west to Antigua.
What shall we eat today? I know, let’s have freeze-dried chicken or freeze-dried lamb. (Not that it matters as I can’t really tell the difference anyway.) What shall I wear? Pants or no pants?
What shall I treat my thong with? Talc, Sudocrem, TCP maybe.
Do I need to drink more water? Of course I do.
Do I need to wash my hair? Of course I do.
Can I be bothered? Of course I can’t. “
It makes you realise how utterly unpredictabl e your life at home can be. You never know who will be on the other end of the phone, knock on the door, who you’ll meet in the street or where you’ll end up when you get in your car.
I miss home life quite a lot. But something tells me I’m going to miss life on this little red boat quite a lot too.