Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (20)

A near miss!

3rd Feb 2019
I just had a flying fish go past my face about a foot away!! If I had been at the catch rather than the end of the drive I would have been knees bent, slid forward, and the thing would have smacked me clean in the side of the head! It’s also a good job it had some height or it would currently be decorating the side of the boat!

Wow, I have seen so much fish life today. My blue mate with the yellow fins has brought some friends along to see the strange lady rowing mid Atlantic. At one point there were about eight of them. The belly flop fish have been jumping all around the boat (every time I get my camera out they stop) and the flying fish have been travelling round all over the place in groups.

The last couple of days I have also seen big balls of sea weed floating past. Sadly I also saw a plastic lid off a large tub float past – I keep logging these in my blogs as when I get back I can do a report of what I have seen at each location across the ocean. It will be interesting to work out an idea of how much stuff is floating in our oceans and devastating to think what has already sunk below. 

My water maker made about 5 litres today without (touch wood) too much trouble, so even if it’s cloudy tomorrow I have a good couple of days worth to keep me going. The sun even made a bit of an appearance today, not much but enough to go short sleeve. I can actually start to feel the temperature start to rise a bit the further south I go, although sometimes I do wonder if I actually took a wrong turn and am in the North Sea with all the cloud and rain there has been.

I really do feel comfortable and at ease out here on the ocean, I love the sounds the sights and how each day brings something new. The sea state at the moment is pretty moderate, so not the exciting surf waves that I love, but it does make for better living conditions. I have been much less likely to get drenched by a wave or try and move round the boat without getting washed off your feet. It does mean slower going than I would like but I am just taking each day as it comes and working the conditions as best I can. 

I have been listening to an audio book today while rowing which really made the time go. It’s a 15hr book which I finished a short while ago, so that’s 15hrs rowing today. Still feeling fit, strong and healthy, so let’s see what tomorrow brings. I am ready for you!!! 

  1. Sue Bakewell on February 4, 2019 at 9:48 am

    Go Dawny great to hear you sound so positive! You are doing amazing 😍 xx

  2. Teresa Sanders on February 4, 2019 at 10:13 am

    You are doing amazingly it’s it’s really good to hear that you are really enjoying your adventure …great to read your blogs we can almost imagine being there with you ❤

  3. Clare miller on February 4, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Fantastic progress – definitely back in the game! Go you!! X

  4. Glenys & Roland lewis on February 4, 2019 at 11:09 am

    Check you progress every day (2/3 times even). Willing you on and watching you get ever closer to your goal. GO DAWNY GO xx

  5. Nigel on February 4, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    Sounds amazing. We are all behind you and willing you on as fast as you can go.
    I know Comand and Control will be speaking to you but it looks like the wind is in your favour now, all the way. However, don’t go too far South the waves will be behind you soon but may get to 3 or 4 metres.
    Just be safe, we know you can do it.

  6. Allan Blackburn on February 4, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    You are doing very well and sounding positive in your blogs, keep that attitude and you will succeed in your endeavours.As Ellen MacArthur used to say, Go For IT. Stay safe, Take care

  7. Andy & Kathryn on February 4, 2019 at 6:31 pm

    Fantastic Dawn. Watch out for those flying fish! I know a story I’ll tell you when you have made it! Amazing and inspirational. Go girl.

  8. Sarah on February 4, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    So good to read your news Dawn! You’re an inspiration. X

  9. Susan Trott on February 4, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    So enjoying your blog Dawn, it, or you I should say are an inspiration. Such mental strength and acumen to take on all the challenges that are coming your way. Wishing you more upbeat days and the right seas to get back on track for the record.

  10. Andy Castle on February 4, 2019 at 7:05 pm

    Following your progress every day since you started. You’re such an inspiration to us all. Keep going girl!!

  11. Jasie Cracknell on February 4, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Well done dawn…loving the blogs. Glad you are enjoying it and embracing the tough times…
    If it helps we are also having lots of rain!!💦 not quite sitting out in it…but it’s still wet!!😂
    Keep going strong…you are almost there!
    Jasie xx

  12. Duncan Ward on February 4, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Love the Blogs Dawn, your doing amazingly keep it going.

  13. Julia Brand on February 4, 2019 at 8:10 pm

    Go Dawny Go!
    I admit to being quite obsessed with your updates, and I am constantly amazed by your positivity and bravery. Oh and I love the humour – clearly you have not only strength in body but in mind too, which I expect is just as important.
    I work with year 6s in a school in Tiptree, and have shared your story with them – they are all now checking your progress and quite amazed that someone local is taking on this challenge. You are such a good role model for them; they can see just what is achievable if you really put your mind to it. Actually, an inspiration for everyone. Learning about plastics, your blogs really bring learning to life. Im trying to make changes myself, and not buying any single use plastic. I found a supplier of cleaning pods today, which refill the plastic spray bottles – great progress but needs to be more widespread!!
    Keep going, stay strong and most importantly stay safe. Oh and just as importantly, keep enjoying it! I love the idea of almost being hit by flying fish. Any good for sushi??
    Best of luck, and full speed ahead!!

  14. Specks on February 4, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Go smithy keep singing your praises, well I can’t sing but sure there’s a new verse of … if I were not upon the pitch a ROWER I would be .. a ROWER you would be .. up the ocean up the ocean ……… loads of love specks xxxx

  15. Anne & Peter Walker on February 5, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    The Seafaring Warrior
    It is easy to dream, but so tough to achieve;
    To win you must struggle without relief.
    “True Blue” is the partner in whom you believe;
    Together there’s no limit to what you can win.
    Follow your companion’s guiding fin;
    One more hard pull to close on victory-
    Just one or two more to alter history.
    Pray to the Gods for a following wind.
    If I’ve erred I could not be sorrier
    Please reward the efforts of our Dengie warrior.

  16. Susan Faircloth on February 5, 2019 at 4:45 pm

    Dawn what a great time you are giving us all with your blogs. Your mental and physical strength is mind blowing. Keep rowing! You’re on the homeward straight now. Absolutely amazing!

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