Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (25)

Melting Chocolate Challenge

7th February 2019
Not much to report today, no close encounters of the fishy kind and no visitors bringing beer!

It’s been a bit overcast today with a few spots of rain, but still enough sun to keep my spirits up.

The wind seems to have picked up slightly today, and if it were not for my two spells of bad weather, this would be perfect wind speeds to get me comfortably within world record time. Unfortunately, despite pushing the limits to regain some ground I am still about 2 days behind the pace, so I really need some stronger more challenging conditions to close the gap.

There are very light winds predicted over the weekend which is not good news at all, but from Monday it should pick up again. With just over two weeks to go it’s a long shot that I can catch up, but the fat lady has not sung yet so I will continue to put every effort in until the last minute.

I had an orange with breakfast and lunch today, I can not tell you how good they were. To have eaten nothing fresh for a month then bite into a juicy orange was just heaven. I have also eaten the whole 600g dairy milk bar. It was starting to melt so I had to act fast. Don’t worry, I got it all in time.

Then as an after dinner treat I opened the cheese. Wow! I have no idea what short of cheese it is but my goodness it’s amazing. I reckon I ate 200g of cheese so let’s hope I don’t have weird dreams later. The only thing that would have made the cheese better would be a glass of port… Let’s see what the next passing yacht has on board! 

I am starting to feel the effects a little now. My fingers are a bit stiff, my hands are holding up well, but despite lots of moisturiser they are very dry. And my bottom – it’s definitely not getting picked for the next tennis player poster. I am still fit and healthy, but 12 hours per day rowing is starting to catch up with me.

Well that’s all my news for today, stay tuned for the next instalment on board True Blue.

Thank you everyone for your continued support, it really does make a difference knowing that everyone is routing for me.
Night night,

  1. Pamela on February 8, 2019 at 8:34 am

    You did right to eat all the chocolate as you can’t leave chocolate to melt, it would go to waste and food wastage isn’t good.
    Happy rowing, may the winds be your friend.

  2. Nicki (Menton, France) on February 8, 2019 at 9:10 am

    I’ve heard of “tennis elbow” but not “rower’s bottom”. You deserve to have a whole calander dedicated to your achievement never mind a tennis poster, the proceeds can go to your great causes. Row Dawny go!

  3. Sonia Harding on February 8, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Hi Dawn, we just love your blogs, and we shall lift our glass of beer with you on your last night so when you sip your beer think of us us in Bonnie Scotland Love Sonia & Clive xxx

  4. Keren Pope on February 8, 2019 at 3:33 pm

    We are all loving your updates Dawn. It has become an almost daily topic of chat in the Pope household.
    My friends have also started to follow you, making changes to their lifestyle too, in support of reducing those plastics.
    You are one awesome lady, and we are willing you, and those illusive winds good speed.
    Lots of love – all us Fishpopples. Xx

  5. Linda Coom on February 8, 2019 at 5:04 pm

    Oh, thank goodness for that – I can’t tell you how worried I was about the chocolate melting with no fridge to keep it safe…specifically, my fridge!
    It’s nice to know you have some treats, I hope you enjoy every morsel, no one in the world deserves it more!
    Keep plugging away, enjoy the journey and stay safe! x

  6. daniel speller on February 8, 2019 at 5:40 pm

    hope you get the world record

  7. Derek Budd on February 8, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    When you are able, download the Kinks tune “LOLA”. It’s such a memorable beat you won’t get it out of your head. It will also give you extra power to push through to beat that record. I have always told my lads, “Anything is possible, you just need to want it bad enough”!

  8. Allan Blackburn on February 8, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Seems you enjoyed your grocery drop, what a nice pick you up to happen. Good to hear you are keeping positive as you really are doing Gr r r reat. Take care.

  9. Roger Wood on February 9, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Hello Dawn — from a fellow member of the Wood tribe, living now in the Spain. Sadly, I don’t get any boating and beer since leaving UK — where I shared a Norfolk boat or two with Bill, your erstwhile colleague. Amazing how all trips on the Broads end tied up outside a pub with super beer! Don’t worry too much about that record — just finishing your epic challenge should be satisfaction in itself. Dawn, you are a WonderWood.

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