Rowing 4 Research over halfway!

Harry Martin Dreyer & Alex Bland


Dear all,


28 days on board Alexandra... And don't we just know it! 

We flew past the half way mark 10pm Sunday 5th January with an average speed of 58miles a day (which extrapolated, would lead to a very quick 46 day crossing) however, since then we have been crawling with very little wind but not calm enough seas to get in and scrub her hull clean to gain precious fractions of a knot.  The wind is set to die off further today for 4+ days and we will keep trying to move plus have a list of jobs to do to make things ship shape so will try to make the most of it.

I had a very nasty shock at 3am a few nights back as one of the beastly side winders ripped the oar out of my hand and pulled the oar blade under the boat thus forcing the handle upwards. At the the same time i was washed off the seat and water was everywhere... As I attempted to drag myself out of the scuppers I heard the truly terrifying sound of ripping wood. Obviously my conclusion was the boat had been torn in half and we were doomed. When some order restored itself I managed to work out that the oar had caught on the starboard wire safety line that runs down the side of the boat and ripped its stanchion from the wooden side. Not ideal but not critical, and we survIved the experience, the boat just looks a little shabby.

I must admit to struggling with the boredom.

We are very busy as Alex mentioned last week but 12 hours a day (each) is spent simply rowing. Nothing more or less, and it has begun to grate on me. I am trying to combat it by pushing myself in every session on the oars but we still have a
Iong way to go, and it's that thought that's hard to beat. Some unidentified whales visited on Tuesday which helped break the monotony. Alex was very happy, and although I'm glad to have ticked the box must admit indifference to them given their failure to perform free willy style tricks, jumps, whale-human communication.

We love your emails, please keep them coming and I just apologise for the lack of responses.

Until next week...

Best,

Harry & Alex
 

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