12th February 2019
I feel like I have spent this crossing trying to find the end of a rainbow! There always seems to be that elusive windy day that never quite comes.
This time last week I was in a ‘good’ bit of wind, enough to start racking the miles up but not enough to get the really big miles, then the news of light winds over the weekend with the promise of great winds from Monday (yesterday) so I dragged the boat through it to find that yesterday was not a lot better and today was ok but dropped right off again this afternoon.
I am absolutely not moaning, I could be going backwards or sat on para anchor again or in the UK freezing cold!! so this is great to be moving forward.
It’s just trying to explain how each day comes and goes with expectation of the following day’s weather, but you still don’t really know what it will be like till the day comes.
There is a line from the film Good Morning Vietnam they ask for the weather and he replies “Got a window? Open it!!” That’s pretty much what you have to do, take each day as it comes and deal with what you find.
Today there has not been a cloud in the sky and I have loved every minute. Rowing the minimum 12hrs is getting tougher, but no matter what, I will see it out till the end. I have not done all this to start cutting corners now.
During the lead up to my row I attended quite a few open days and events to meet people and spread the word about what I am doing. You would not believe that some people actually seemed to come up to me just to tell me their negative opinion on it all.
I get that some people won’t think much of what I am doing, but those people should walk on and keep their opinions to themselves. I had one guy who wanted me to tell him exactly how many miles I would be rowing and how many I would be ‘drifting’ because in his opinion it was easy – you just get in the boat and eventually end up at the other side. I wish I could magic him here for a day on his own. He would not last five minutes!
I have earned every inch of this crossing and have worked so hard to get where I am, nobody can take that from me. I would have some choice words if I saw him again!
My day was brightened up even more by the amazing discovery of an 80’s album on one of my iPods! Ha ha, just brilliant!! I rowed into the sunset this evening to the sounds of ‘Tiffany’ I think we’re alone now! That was a very good find.
Well that’s me signing off for another day, as always hoping for more wind tomorrow! But also as always I will play with whatever cards are dealt to me and give it my best effort.
Oh nearly forgot, today’s plastic spot was a bottle top.
Goodnight from 852nm short of Barbados!! Nearly there.