Update No 8 (From Monday 22nd January onwards)
Well we’ve broke the back of this now. Providing we have good weather and fair winds we should be in Antigua around the 6th February.
This week is also the week where John Noble was remembered. As you all know, we named the Team after him and on Tuesday thoughts were with him and his family, a good man and much admired by everyone. We took this task on to prove we could do it, to raise awareness and funds for the Firefighters Charity and to honour John’s name. All of which we hope we are doing.
So, how are we doing? Great, we’re in good spirits and having a laugh, even though the good food has gone and we are on to the freeze dried stuff, not as good but still eaten with enjoyment, we put that down to being starving. Our work rate has changed as well, in the early part of the week the sea conditions were good to row, then they calmed down considerably, so much so we decided to change our watch pattern and during the day, on every other day, we both row together. Quite tiring but getting us closer, which is worth it. We then give ourselves a treat…….well we did, of haribos, but as we knew would happen they have ran out. Well nearly ran out, so we have rationed them to two a day. The rowing is hard but when Saturday came it increased again, it has now become necessary to go with the waves as we don’t want to put ourselves in a position where we could capsize.
It has also been a bit of a wildlife week, we have seen Minke whales but they disappear before we can film them. Dolphins a plenty which appear to be following us, never realised they could swim that slow, really nice to see though. We have seen turtles and following us are two different types of bird, a White Tailed Tropic Bird or Boatswain Bird as it makes a call similar to a sailors whistle, quite eerie actually. Also we have a Storm Tern following, obviously it knew that the weather is turning next week. Always nice to get a heads-up. There is also a lot of yellow and green seaweed in the water, very strange.
On Saturday we turned and headed for Antigua, now that’s a great feeling, and yes, we did sing “ and I will row 500 miles and I will row 500 more” We also noted at that point that our AIS (automatic identification system) is not working, though it appears you can still see us on Yellow Brick. Not much we can do about that though. We have had to patch up the auto helm, a few weeks ago we had to fix it, well now it’s patched up. And finally a bit of a blow, we have heard that the Shipping Company that we are dealing with have had to up their price to bring the boat back, this was muted a few days before we started to row when we had other things on our mind. The ships that sail from Antigua are not going to Antigua anymore so the company have had to find an alternate route. The added factor is that we cannot share a container which we did coming out to La Gomera to save costs. Not great news to hear out at sea but not much we can do about it. Someone once said “if you can’t take a joke you shouldn’t have joined” so we’ll laugh (silently) and just sort it.
As a point of interest and coincidence The Antiguan National flower is the Agave which is a Lily (Kris's daughters middle name) and translated from Greek, apparently, means Noble. Another bizarre coincidence.
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