Transatlantic Blog: Days 30 (pt.2) to 33

Day 30 continued.

I can’t remember much about today, it’s all too far away and one day is now blurring into the next. All I remember is that today was the last day of the no wind/westerlies. I’m pretty excited. 2 weeks ago I was talking about there being 3 weeks left. Still talking about there being three weeks left! I’m now entering week 5 and was hoping I’d be somewhere nearing the home straight but now, I just have to take each shift as it comes. Someone was asking about water onboard. Everyday I desalinate the sea water (I told an audience once that I had slowly trained myself to drink salt water and had adapted my body, they believed me but quickly realised I was teasing when I told them I had a machine that converted sea water to cider.) reverse osmosis perhaps? I usually fill a couple of water bottles and my sports ones. I’m not a big drinker so it lasts a while. If the Watermaker died a death I have some reserve and a hand pump which ive been told you sweat more pumping than you make! Sounds great

Day 31

So the winds changed yes, and some miles were made but not many. Turns out the wind is a SE so now pushing me north west back to the system I’m trying to avoid. Brilliant!

Day 32

Lost the will to live twice today. Sun came up, couldn’t get the boat moving in the right direction at a sensible speed and started to wonder why I was being tested. All I asked for was some normal decent winds and I get everything else. Have been so excited to start moving again and now my boat feels like a lead balloon in treacle.

I’m sitting here wondering if the couple of miles is worth the effort and I am questioning my strength. It’s gusty so my boat changes direction the whole time and I’m trying to stop it going north…

Bingo I figured it out. There is seaweed everywhere and once reaslising I had a massive piece stick on my rudder, back to a somewhat relatively easier life. And the wind changes slightly and I’m back up to speed. It’s all temporary if a little painful at times!


Day 33
Much the same as yesterday so thought I’d write about my day, my ‘routine’ so to speak.

Now,I’m not one for routine, in fact I hate constraints and lack of flexibility. This may have caused me issues as ‘getting into a routine’ early on, I’d advised, or perhaps it has allowed me to ‘enjoy’ my journey a bit more. No idea. I do however,try to make sure I’m out rowing for at least 12hrs a day but when I put the hours in is dictated by how I’m feeling rather than a rule I’ve set myself in advance.
Let’s say the day starts at 6.30am. It’s dark and probably more like 4.3am local time but ive stuck to UK time for ease. Sometimes I’m up at 5.30 pottering, having breakfast (large portion museli mix thing and dried fruit I made before leaving), contemplating going back to sleep, chatting to my video diary (kept me sane without a doubt but I pity the production crew who will have to listen to the inner thinkings of Kiko!). I’ll do 2 hrs rowing normally bringing me to sunrise. From then on in, I have now settled to 2 hrs on and 30-40 mins off meaning that by midnightdepending on how I feel (sometimes this is 10.30 or maybe even 2am) I am done for the day and I go to bed. Most often with the intention of getting back up to row more but have found my body is dead and can’t move (at this point I weigh up the benefits of sleep over miles!!). Generally sleep wins! Naughty and I have a mental guilt battle with myself about whether I’m being lazy, if I have earned it or if my body really is that patalysed that I must have more zeds
In my breaks I power nap, check emails, write my blog (I lose sleep to keep you updated so hope you are appreciating and enjoying!), tidy the boat, wash some clothes, clean the bottom of the boat, phone Angus for weather updates, clean and air my bottom (too much information?!) and then it’s time to get back out. I eat on the go. It’s an opportunity to have a 1 minute (maybe this is optimistic?!) break, stand and shake my poor withering body (definitely more fat than muscle now – will be looking half athlete half slob by the time I arrive!) and make some water. I row while fill a bottle or two for the day ahead.
And that’s it. While i sleep the boat does it thing and hopefully, when the wind is good, it blows me in the right direction with some speed but as you’ll all know, this hasn’t been the case for a lot of the time so sometimes I barely go anywhere or in a less than ideal direction. It can also take a good few minutes of my snooze time to figure out the best rudder and daggerboard combination to get it all setup. Painful when all I want to do is snooze! Sometimes I’m naughty and anticipate this time and take it out of rowing time. Maybe that’s why I’m behind schedule!!
I think that’s it. Pretty simple, boring and monotonous. After ever two hours I long for the little break but knowing that I have another and another and another and another (you get the picture), it’s a wonder how one mentally carries on but then I look around and realise there’s not much else to do and no other choice really! No bus stops or distractions so another shift it will be. 5pm is sweetie time and at night I have my iPad for some series and film viewing – both help massively.
One day at a time, one shift at a time, one stroke at a time. I’m getting there (hoping for a 49 day arrival now so fingers crossed, a world record and first solo woman under 50days….but life never goes to plan so let’s see!
Loving the support thank you as always and sorrry can’t answer all emails messages etc (don’t have direct access or time either) much love from nearly 1000nm left stage – the home straight!

Kiko is aiming to raise £100,000 for King’s College Hospital for a new critical care unit.  An incredible £61,000 has been raised so far, be part of this amazing adventurous feat and donate below.


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40 Comments on “Transatlantic Blog: Days 30 (pt.2) to 33”

  1. Wonderful wonderful effort and you getting close to your goal. Such a fantastic effort, head down, keep going. Xx

  2. You are brilliant Kiks and we are still so proud of what you are doing. I love your blogs too as they are very Kikoish – both honest and entertaining. The things is checking your blog everyday is for me, the equivalent of your 5pm sweetie. You probably can’t imagine it being so, but I am sure all of us get a dopamine hit (equivalent to checking Facebook) when we go to check your page and see there is a new post, or you have covered lots of miles, or the wind is pushing you the right way. For me checking your page is a little reward when I’ve been busy working on something and trying not to get distracted and if I am having a difficult day for what ever reason I compare myself to you and realise the problem/challenge isn’t so bad compared to what you’re doing. We know you will smash it – it’s your destiny. XX

  3. wow Kiko !

    You are certainly clocking up the miles ……. after that awful weather system, continually amazed by your ability to dig deep and and find all that inner resourcefulness! Easy for me to sit comfortably and warm watching your progress, and the power of what you are doing is in my mind constantly !
    May the favorable winds be with you for the rest of this amazing journey! I’m going to seek out some special hand cream for your return to UK !
    Much love ziggy

  4. Great to see you whizzing along now with a helpful wind to push. Looking forward to your arrival at Speightstown Every one is monitoring your every move and wishing you on. Love Dad xxx

  5. Hi Kiko!

    You are going from strength to strength never mind those nasty blisters, poor you, they look painful! Anyway an absolutely amazing effort so far and with less than 600 miles to go now, it looks like you are powering your way into the history books. We think of you everyday and are in awe of your performance; we get so many enquiries as to your progress. We are calling in to see your parents tomorrow!

    Lots of love, Adi & Gilly x

  6. Your determination and strength is influencing people you don’t even know but who are following your blog – and those you do know – me! I love your daily routine and make the most of it you’ll be home soon! Lots of love Aunty J

  7. We have just returned from Sue Doswell’s charity concert in Ledbury. One of the songs ” Trade winds ” was prefaced by a special mention of your journey and a hope for favourable winds to take you on your way. We are summoning all the gods of the wind and asking them kindly to blow you Barbados bound.

    Our days are punctuated by checking your progress every 4 hours, ( perhaps not the midnight or 4 am slot), but then we have the excitement of two to check on first thing in the morning. It’s is quite unbelievable what you have achieved so far , and it is far that you have travelled. Lovely that Ziggy is on the case for hand cream. Thanks Ziggy!

    See you in Barbados….SOON XXX MUM

  8. What an incredible challenge and amazing effort! I am a friend of Lucy and Gavin’s and have been hearing all about it through Lucy – so inspiring. Keep going!

    Anna x

  9. Another great blog. How’s the wildlife? Has your bird gone now? Seen any shark fins? Sent you an email for a speaking slot at PGS in Sept. they’re a really great school. We’ve got an offsite tomorrow so will make sure we do a wind dance. If you got anywhere near 50 days you’d be a rockstar. Everyone is talking about you. You really are inspiring a generation. Those hands!!! We may need to talk to a cosmetics firm about sponsoring a manicure or two!? Keep at it Kiko, you amazing woman xxxx

  10. Am so lost for words and trust me I am a women that can talk for the whole of UK. You are doing so well, I went to the gym yesterday and rowed for 10min whilst thinking of you and trust me when I say you are amazing. Your so motivational, you in fact motivated me to start rowing. I really don’t know how you do it, but you are doing it.

  11. Dear Kiko
    Whilst most of your UK support is fast asleep, I am here joining into this remarkable journey so late in the piece , I feel a bit ashamed that I didn’t log on as soon as my sister Annie Chapman told me. Now I follow you, as soon as I get back to the house and my iPad, could become addicted! Thank you for your courage, humour and honest self reflection and above all your determination…so extraordinary I tell who will ever listen about it.
    Go well in this last leg and a good wind/current to whisk you through the nautical miles!
    Very best wishes

  12. Woa…. were going to BARBADOS…
    You must me singing it all the time !
    Havn’t checked on you for ages… your nearlly there 😁
    Going Gig rowing on Friday, will be thinking of you with every stroke of the oar !! Go Kiko… 🚣

  13. No one’s lives will ever be the same because of you Kiko.
    Everyone is taking a journey inside themselves as they journey alongside you.
    You are stirring questions in us, feelings in us, fears in us, excitement in us, pride in us, love in us, admiration in us, trust in us, laughter in us, curiosity in us, HOPE in us.
    You are connecting people not only with you but with each other. You are bringing people alive.
    Your presence and impact in the world are
    incredible. There is a beautiful journey and adventure out there now on the ocean. But everyone knows that the biggest waves will be created when you return and share your story with the world.
    You are a powerful force and born to lead.
    Proud to know that some of your blood runs through my veins.

  14. Oh my goodness Kiko!!!! You are nearly there!!!! Just had a look on the tracker! Whoop whoop!! What a woman!!!! 😘

  15. We’ve been following you every day Kiko. What an amazing effort. You write so well about your days –
    it must be so hard to keep rowing but nearly there now. Keep up the fantastic work. Can’t wait to see the documentary! Love and best wishes from Joy and Jeff (Simon the camera man’s mum and dad)

  16. It may not seem like it to you, but the tracker shows how close you are to finishing, how far you’ve come. We are all willing you on, you amazing person. Xx

  17. Wow Kiko so nearly there! Just reading your update on my way to work TFL as usual making me late!! Let’s hope for the winds in the right direction happen soon and get you to your destination PDQ!! Lots of love and can’t wait for next instalment. XxEms xx

  18. Kiko
    We think u r amazing, so pleased the winds are working for u now. We are looking at White skies and contemplating whether to ski or not!! On a more amusing note we stayed overnight in an hotel where the receptionist tried to convince us to take a free bus pass into town to eat. We adamently refused as we had been driving all day, just as adamantly she told us we really do need it as it was at least a 10 minute walk into town, On settling into the room, I went to check out the spa and noticed a physio therapy centre, seemed a strange addition to a spa, I then met a guy on crutches eating a cake all of 80 yrs old coming out of the spa lift also a little strange. My next meeting was with two further elderly men in separate rooms doors open, chatting to each other, who seemed very keen I should join their conversation, after which I mentioned to Chris I wasn’t sure what kind of hotel we were in. Apparently the hotel had a word unknown to me in the name meaning medical attention and defribrilators are quickly available for the guests. To top it all they played “Staying Alive” on our way down to breakfast next morning. Not quite what we needed when about to begin a skiing holiday. You probably know everything there is to know about weather and it has certainly been very unsettled over all of Europe for some weeks now. We have had a super time part skiing, part walkingin Champery, Crans Montana and now Zermatt where the weather seems more settled for our last few days. I would like to say I am very envious of what you are doing but I’d be lying. I love reading your blogs, do envy you the solitude and being at one with the sunsets and the good bits, where it all comes together. Would die rather than clean the bottom of the boat or row in rough seas, actually even on the river. What u r doing is incredible and if you also break the record, what an achievement, you certainly have what it takes and I hope it all comes together for the last 1000m. Jan and Chris, Julia’s parents xx

  19. Rock on Kiko.

    Love to know what song has been stuck in your head all this time to take your mind off your sore hands, sore bum and sore shoulders!

    You are inspiring many landlubbers around Malvern and Ledbury and we all salute you.

    Just remember nothing will ever be the same again after this.

    Bob and Rose

  20. Wow – 2213 nautical miles! An incredible achievement and Barbados not too far over the horizon now 🙂
    From the Tracking page looks like the winds are still in your favour too. You’re doing so brilliantly, keep on turning that sea water into cider hahaha and use it to wash down all the nutrition you need to keep your strength up for the next couple of weeks. Ada xx

  21. Hey Kiko, love your blogs. Very entertaining whilst giving real insight into the days and the mind of a world record breaker. I hope you put them all together in a book eventually. The weather here has perked up a bit and is even looking spring-like. Bright sunshine today in London. The news is dominated by the Salisbury incident and Russia’s part in it and yesterday, the passing of Ken Dodd. All, pretty depressing. But last week was International Women’s Week which perked things up a bit and the WOW Festival at the RFH comprised poetry, rapping, interesting talks on fascinating gender related topics from a diverse range of women. Maybe you can bag a slot for next year, Kiko. I’m just sharing all of this in the hope that it will add some interesting variety to your life.
    Keep going. You’ve not got long to go now.
    Claudia xx

  22. great job – you are almost there.
    is it scary? – i assume you are used to it now?
    whats it like when you get in the water to clean under the boat?
    are you used to it now?
    whats the hardest part?
    great job and thank you for the motivation.
    pride lasts longer than pain.

  23. Kiko
    What an amazing and incredible journey…….reading your daily accounts makes me realise with a tough challenge you’ve taken on (and at the same time, an amazing once (or maybe twice!) in a lifetime opportunity. Given the humour that comes across in your diary, I’ve no doubt you’ll make it through with flying colours. It seems a bit inadequate to say well done; but really, WELL DONE; just to get this far is brilliant….so keep going!
    Best wishes

  24. Wow Kiko, you don’t need to think about half athlete half slob. You’re 100% grit and determination! I’ve taken to checking the tracker quite regularly and by using the zoom out I can get the boat on top of the islands but today I hardly need to zoom at all, you’re so nearly there! I can’t wait for the next update. I may only have met you twice but for some reason when I’m having a blue moment you pop into my head – you’re an inspiration. I fear that once this is all over life’s going to be just that little bit duller for those of us keeping up with your blog!

  25. Absolutely incredible effort! Well done Kiko, it’s fascinating reading about the nitty gritty of rowing and rowing so much every day- e.g. Bum care and routine and food- you are getting closer to your goal, keep going!!! Amy xx

  26. Hi Kiko, You are doing amazingly! And thanks for the blog posts, it’s a priveledge and very inspiring reading about your daily challenges out in the ocean. Lots of luck for fair winds on the home straight! Sending all best vibes from a remarkably spring like day in Bristol XxLaura

  27. Wow, Kiko, just been looking on the ‘Track Kiko Live’ map and it looks like you’re so close – I’m sure it doesn’t feel that way, but really hope your spirits are up. You’ve got this!! Cannot imagine how you’ve had the patience, resilience, strength and bravery to keep going – it’s so inspiring. Can’t wait to hear all the tales once you’re back. In the meantime, if you have Peaky Blinders on your iPad and haven’t watched it yet, I’ve just started watching this show and can’t believe I’ve been missing out for so long – would highly recommend – a definite motivator to make it to telly time!! Lots of love, Nicola x

  28. Dear Kiko,
    It really does look like Barbados is close now. I’ve been following you all the way and love reading about what life is like out there – so rest assured that the time you spend not sleeping, but writing is very valuable from our end. I find it all so extraordinary – not just the days and nights of rowing that you’re doing now, but all the work that went into getting you there. So much respect. I talk about you whenever I can, as I just think people need to know about you! I read a bit from your blog today to Jojo and he was particularly interested in how you might air your bottom! I know you will be a lady in demand, but if you want to recuperate on another little island (although perhaps you’ll want some distance from the ocean for a while!) then we’d love you to come and see us – and you can talk bottoms with Jojo! He’s been wearing his ‘I can change the World’ hoodie from your fund raiser and it makes me think of you. So much love, Cat x

  29. This is a truly wonderful effort Kiko and just keep eating up those miles. You are not far away now!

    Much love

    Simon and Rossie xx

  30. Brilliant Kiko, we are all following your progress with awe and so much admiration for your achievement. From some of your Mum’s many cousins!! Love Vikkie, Tom, Zoe, Rups, Kat, Archie, Fraser and Lexi xxxx

  31. Great to read all your blogs including your latest – you are incredible and have just checked your “mileage” at 2,250 – hope the wind and weather is kind to you from now on – keep at it, you clearly have no choice as you say, but just to let you know you are truly awesome – bloody well done my friend!!!! 🙂

  32. Hi Kiko,

    Have had this message sent through from Katherine Grainger, to pass on to you…..

    ‘You’re doing brilliantly, Kiko. Of course some days will be better than others but the whole world is full of awe and admiration. You’re doing something 99.99999% of us couldn’t even begin to consider possible. I love your blogs and smiled at your hot temperature comments while I was having minus 15 degrees in Korea at the Winter Olympics. You might even welcome a windy minus 15 ! Keep safe and dig in for the last leg. You’ll make that record. I’m absolutely sure of it. ‘
    Katherine x

  33. Kiko, I am fascinated by your routines, amazed by your resilience, totally bowled over by your achievement, and grateful for your support of the charity. The sessions together in the gym have clearly been worthwhile! I think I mentioned I had once met a woman on a Wimbledon train who had rowed the Atlantic. Astonishingly, I’ve just found her card from years ago: Sally Kettle, whose first crossing was with her mother! I’m sure you will smash their time. Hilary

  34. Hey Kiks, it’s been a treat checking in your daily progress. I’m so excited you’re progressing towards your goal and it’s now in sight. Literally! Keep it up woman! I’m going to be glued to your tracker. Love you! Xx

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