Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (21)

All downhill now

4th Feb 2019
Another amazing day on the Ocean, I am absolutely in my element out here. The flying fish are coming past thick and fast now. It’s not going to be long before I am hit by one I am sure. My blue friend has now also been joined by a big green fish. I wish I had brought some sort of I-spy book of birds and fish so I could identify some of the wildlife I am seeing.

The other thing I wish I had done was downloaded more audio books. For the first couple of weeks I hardly listened to any music or books, I am very happy with my own company so didn’t really feel the need to, I just wanted to take in the sights and sounds around me.

On the very few occasions the sun has been fully out I have loved putting on some power tunes to motivate me to row that extra bit longer or up the power just a bit. Ibiza chill out tunes on sunny calm evenings are a nice way to finish a day, but mornings until midday are reserved for the sound of the ocean.

On days like today, not too sunny and not too many waves to challenge the brain, I have enjoyed a few audio books. Today was Dawn French – what a brilliant lady. But, that was the last one I have. The only other thing I have talking wise (I have lots of music) are some ghost story podcasts and real life crime. I am not sure listening to ghost stories on a small boat on my own in the open ocean is such a good idea!!!

I got in and gave the bottom a really good scrape off. There were lots of things growing on it, a lot of which I must have missed on my last bottom clean. I can’t believe so much has grown in such a short time. I started to get a bit apprehensive about getting in again, when in the end I just said to myself “either get in and do a proper job, or don’t be surprised when the boat slows down.” 

This time I got right under the boat and got off every last thing clinging on.

Well, I am still ticking off the miles and think I will be half way maybe tonight? I will double check in a minute. So hopefully now I am on the down hill stretch. I am loving this experience but am starting to look forward to a long hot shower and a cold beer – in either order!

Good night, sweet dreams.

  1. David Walsh on February 5, 2019 at 8:04 am

    Best wishes Dawn from David Julia and Sebastian, Granville Terrace. We miss seeing you.

  2. Dan Owen on February 5, 2019 at 8:28 am

    If there’s ever a zombie apocalypse i wanna be on your team. Strength, positivity and skill .. off the chart Lady! #godawnygo

  3. clare miller on February 5, 2019 at 9:27 am

    Just love how much you’re enjoying this awesome challenge! xx

  4. Christine hill on February 5, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    Dawn you are doing great, such a positive mindset. Lots of love cousin, donโ€™t know how many times removed, Chris.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘x

  5. Carla on February 5, 2019 at 5:12 pm

    In absolute awe of you and all youโ€™ve achieved. Much love xx

  6. Sheila Ferguson on February 5, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Well done Dawn, what an amazing achievement and lovely to read how much you are enjoying this challenge. Good luck for the second half.

  7. Diane on February 5, 2019 at 10:23 pm

    I’m so enjoying reading about your wonderful journey and I’m in absolute awe of you! What a woman! Keep strong ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฅฐ

  8. Mr Spoons on February 5, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Dawny, massive well done to you my lovely and I’m glad you’ve got a clean bottom.
    We are all routing for you at Chelmsford Goof Squad HQ and beyond. Everyone’s talking about you.
    Even our exSAS friends are now on board watching and cheering you on.
    Your certainly tough enough ๐Ÿ˜‚ Doesn’t get much better than that.
    Can’t wait to see you on your triumphant return
    Keep going girl, make us prouder XXX

  9. Aleck Poole on February 5, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Great blog. I’ve just finished reading them all so far. I think I’ve seen you out practicing in the Crouch and Blackwater over the last two years whilst I was sailing my small ketch, Corinne. Well done and Good Luck.
    I sail out of Paglesham but know Burnham well. I knew Roy who lived at Creeksea Place and owned the Bell Tower at one time,

  10. Nigel on February 6, 2019 at 8:16 am

    Well done Dawn, we are still willing you on.

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