05/02/2018Day 5 – after I’d sent the first blog… Think I forgot to mention the playful dolphins. Swimming up to me they stopped and showed me their tummies. Stuck my hand in for a tickle but they weren’t having any of it! Mini mini meltdown in the evening as couldn’t get the boat to stay in the right position. Quick call to Angus HQ and all sorted. Also had a mega long sleep and making most of winds to push me forward even though I’m zzzzzzzz. Big fan of sleeping!Total end of day mileage: 21406/02/2018Day 6 – couldn’t wake myself up for my 4.30am start but after a brief look at the chart and my speed I realised an extra hour of prep wasn’t going to hurt anyone. One of the benefits of solo rowing is you can do what you like when you like. If you win it’s your gloryg if you lose you’re the only one to blame. sleep was more important. Thank god for favourable winds.
Once out in the water I absolutely love it. The massive waves, the colours, the two little sea petrels, my cabin comfort and my mega 200 power ballads and 100 classical tunes! I’m feeling a bit guilty in fact. Also wondering if this is the gentle training for what’s to come! Totally love the massive rolling swells that stand nice me and my little boat and before I know I’m on top looking down into this dark pit. They’re pretty innocuous though . Also enjoying the freedom but ironically being totally controlled by all the elements out here. Spotty sore bottom is having a major makeover thanks to some ‘proshield’ Vaseline type cream my friend who is in a wheelchair gave me. lifesaver. No aches or pains which is great but have to consciously make sure I’m not gripping handles as don’t want ‘claw hand’!Total distance covered (I think) 318nm (keep this up and I’ll be doing in 43 days)!!
Day 7 – slowly and surely I’m eating away at the miles. Dont think there is anything mega to report. Filled up my 8, 10, 12th litre of water. I’m a bit of a camel it seems ( that means I’ve only drink 12 l in 7 days and I’m feeling fine. Also feeling mega blessed that I’m here able to experience this. I quite often have to remind myself where I am and what I did to get here. Wondering how long the week-1 high, will last and before the novelty wears off. After I wrote this I ended up naked and nearly capsizing. Lost my sense of humour temporarily but then back on the oars (most comfortable position to be in these conditions) and life was good again!!
Day 8 – grrrrr nasty night. Everything is damp and my cabin goes from being damp and cold to hot and sticky. We had a sideways capsize (not full) which meant everything heavy went off to the side and I lost my Parmesan! Had it outside to keeping cool!! These strong winds are relentless. Amazing for speed but you can’t loose focus for a minute. Every time you go in or out of the cabin you have to check for a big wave and speaking of big waves I’m pretty sure I had two at about 80ft. No idea what 80 ft looks like but they were at least twice the size of the ones I recon are 40 ft (again, no real clue what that looks like either!). Definitely the hardest day, but now the honeymoon period is over, and while these winds keep at me, it’s probably inevitable. I have to keep reminding myself ‘it’s only temporary’ and why I’m doing this, and the people of King’s College Hospital who I hope will benefit. Eating becoming a bit of an issue but no aches or pains so that’s a relief. Perhaps I’m not working hard enough!Total mileage as of writing (day 9 morning) 535 nm estimated time: 42 days if I’ve done my maths right!!
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