Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (7)

It’s all a bit ‘meh!’

15th January 2019

Today has been a bit of a ‘meh’ day! By that I mean a bit middle of the road. 

It was good to have the wind behind me at last, but still hard going to even get the boat above 2kts. It was all a bit overcast so the batteries don’t charge as well meaning less time for tunes on the speaker. I know the better winds are coming but it’s another day trudging through the treacle factor to get there.

The very good news is that this time when I stop for a break I actually drift in the right direction! So was able to give myself half hour and 45min breaks in between shifts this time which is how I caught up on all my blogs. 

I have had some great feedback about my blogs, I have been told it’s like reading a book that the ending has not been written yet. I am glad I have taken the time out to do them as well. I bet if I had not written these and you asked how was it I would not remember half this stuff, so it’s great to have a record. Perhaps Angelina Jolie might play me in my film! Lol!!

Saw another turtle today floating by, this one didn’t stop for a chat though. That must be 8 I have seen now. Am I exactly following some kind of turtle route to Barbados? It reminds me of the film Finding Nemo! 

Rowing today has its own challenges to past days. With little wind it’s been really flat water most of the time, which means I can use a really good technique, getting lots of purchase in the water and giving a good amount of propulsion with both oars.

Today as the waves are now getting up I am constantly missing a stroke, or a wave blocks the oar so I smack my shin with the handle. I guess this is another reason for feeling ‘meh.’ I was expecting a great day on the oars with the wind behind me. Instead I got just as hard a day with only a small increase in speed.

Oh well, overnight the wind should really kick in then the great catch up begins! I think I am about 180miles behind the world record pace at the moment, with a few weeks to go this is very achievable to catch up on. Bring it on!!! 

My memory foam seat cushion lost its memory. It has been a godsend but is now flat as a pancake! I have managed to fashion a seat out of an inflatable fender and it’s really comfortable! It’s actually the most comfy place to sit on the boat now!! 

Off to get some rest now ready for the Aurora tomorrow!!! I am loving this adventure.

Night night 

Dawn x

  1. Dick Jefferies on January 16, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Keep up the good work! Stay strong!

    • Bob on January 16, 2019 at 9:23 pm

      Great to hear your in good spirits ,and your progress and charts are far better that watching tv ???

  2. Dan hull on January 16, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    Absolutely amazing !!
    Such a great read too , it’s a must for after work reading . Very inspired by your every movement . Keep it up Dawn !!!

  3. Christine Browne on January 16, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    Catching up and over taking is definitely achievable! So glad you are enjoying your adventure the best is yet to come xx

  4. susan faircloth on January 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Look forward to your blogs. It really is like a book that hasn’t quite finished yet. You will get there! Keep rowing Dawn. Row row row!!

  5. Stuart Oldham on January 16, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    Keep going Dawn, enjoying reading about your daily adventures and remember it is a marathon not a sprint, you will catch up, we are a routing for you in the office… god send you wind (In the right direction ?)

  6. Frances Kelleher London on January 17, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Keep going Dawn. You can do this. I am enjoying your blogs. Keep them coming.

  7. Teresa Sanders on January 17, 2019 at 8:52 am

    Loving your blogs sounds as though you’re in great spirit considering all that’s been thrown at you so far..hope that wind gets behind you soon xx

  8. Nigel on January 17, 2019 at 11:32 am

    Just came across your blog. So good to hear you’re doing so well and will follow your progress.

  9. Diane Mackay on January 17, 2019 at 11:53 am

    You are inspiring, Dawn – we will be following your progress and cheering you on – as well as rethinking this plastic problem!!

  10. Linda Coom on January 17, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    You’ve missed your calling in upholstery!! Thanks for taking the trouble to write the blog, it’s a good read and I always look forward to the next one. I hope the wind and seas are all being good and helping you along. Lovely to hear about the dolphins on your previous blog, I hope they pop back regularly to keep tabs on you – be safe, thinking of you and sending you a smile :o)

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