Rowing 4 Research over Christmas

Two men in a boat on the Atlantic


The second blog entry from Harry Martin-Dreyer and Alex Bland who are 25% of the way across the Atlantic raising money for Cure Leukaemia and JDRF. You can show your support for their amazing challenge here.

14 Days, 14 Hours

I can't believe it is only two weeks we have been on board alexandra, I feel
like we have lost some cruel bet that means we have to spend the rest of
eternity on this tiny boat living this very odd routine. Never sleeping for
more than 2 hours at a time is hard as is life on board in general. Alex
mentioned various hand, foot and bum problems last week. We had only just
started treating them then and it turns out nothing heals quickly or at all
out here. The smallest scratch gets wet and salty and them just stays like
that. I have a rub about 2 inches long on the left hand side of my right
foot that is completely open and has been for 6 days, it just won't form a
scab no matter how hard I try to keep if dry or apply creams etc.

The latest in the long line of health issues is "rowers claw" where your
hand seizes up once you stop using it in whatever position it is left. In
the day this is largely OK as we are using both hands for dexterous tasks
when not rowing but at night it strikes. I have started sticking my hands in
socks when sleeping so that least the hand comes out in a fist and it can
make it grab the oar when it's my shift again. Although we have both lost
weight our eating is much better as we now have our sea legs and a more
established routine, the cod and potato or Kung pooh noodles are rating best
at the moment along with Dione Laurance's Christmas cake and Bristol Biltong
snacks.
 
Christmas Day was the failure we anticipated; we had stockings, great chats
with people back home via the sat-phone and very good mince pies but we both
know how far there is still to go and that weighed heavily after the initial
jubilation if passing the quarter way point although we did mark it with
some time not rowing. And whilst Alex had long being making promises of
fresh fish, he clearly hasn't quite honed his ocean technique yet!
 
We both so love your emails and news in general, thank you for taking the
time and please keep it coming (sorry we are ISO bad at replying).
 
Until next time,
Harry.

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