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Atlantic Rowing Race: Blog 38

The girls are back! All blogs are now being delivered to us via voicemail. It's not as fun as the messenger albatross idea would have been but probably a little more practical! Mel ‘s Blog Feb 5th  – 8th  'Thems the breaks...' Fri was a really good day. We’d originally got our position info and we were 13th which was no good, but we made the decision to go south and were surprised how quickly the tactic worked for us as we moved up to 11th. We have instituted a cunning reward system – we are allowed a piece of Christmas cake only when moving up a place in the race – so this meant we were allowed 3 pieces of cake – yum! Annie then came up with an equally good disincentive. Each time we loose a place we have to eat freeze dried beef shepherds pie – the most disgusting food ever invented. Also on Friday we were visited by a small cargo ship. Mostly we just see these guys on the horizon, but this one came straight at us. We checked the AIS system to make sure he had seen us and thankfully he had. He radioed us when he realised just how small we were and asked what on Earth we were doing so far out in such a small boat. He was amazed when we told him and even more amazed when he asked how many people were on board and we said just 2 girls. He reckoned we were very brave – but his tone was saying he thought we were totally mad. He was a very friendly chap though and offered us supplies. Unfortunately, the race rules stipulate we aren’t able to accept anything, although the list of what we would like to have asked for is long. After that he went on his way after wishing us luck. Saturday was very still. There was no wind and no swell which sounds idyllic but actually makes it very hot so tough to row. The cabin is stuffy on a normal day and we steer clear during the day but on Saturday the opposite was true – we craved the relative coolness. We also decided to rearrange the weight on the boat. The main weight is normally in the bow, but we moved a lot of the freeze dried food to the back  which has meant  the boat is now going well and we managed to hold on to our now 10th place. Sunday was the day of the laptop disaster when a rogue wave gave it a salty drenching – which apparently they don’t like. It means no more email comms, but thems the breaks! We also slipped a place to 11th but the good news was we crossed the 1500nm to go line so we celebrated with a party with Champagne, Christmas presents and glow sticks.