Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (26)

Rehearsing for Barbados

8th February 2019
Another day at sea, I am glad I have these blogs to look back on as I think the whole thing will blur into one once I am home. It will be good to remember the ups and downs and some of the amazing sights. I still really want to see a whale, I am not sure how I will feel if I do, scared? Emotional? Excited? Perhaps all rolled into one.

I am beginning to run out of things to listen to, I actually resorted to a podcast of myself talking about the challenge which was recorded back in the summer. That was strange sitting on the ocean listening to myself talk about what it was going to be like.

I have also put my iPhone music on shuffle. This has been great because it throws up some random songs not part of any album. When I was in my band I would download odd songs to rehearse, so this brought back loads of great memories of gigs I have done. I miss singing in a band, I might have to do something about that when I get back. 

I am still putting every effort into getting as many miles in per day as possible, but I can feel it starting to take its toll. My knees and elbows are aching, as are my fingers. The seat has just had another layer added as this is now becoming uncomfortable, and general tiredness. I am actually pretty impressed that it has taken this long to start really feeling it.

I am not in any pain and am still in good spirits, I just need to get up and stretch every hour now as opposed to two or three. But with hopefully just over two weeks left, I know I don’t have too much longer left to keep going. Anyway, standing up for a few minutes has given me the chance to practice my celebration photo poses when I arrive in Barbados. 

Tomorrow marks five weeks at sea which has gone so fast. It’s been amazing so far but I am secretly glad I don’t have another 5 weeks ahead (I hope.) I am starting to look forward to coming home and luxuries like a flushing toilet! Although, it is amazing how fast you get used to a non-digital existence without Google or social media, it’s actually quite nice to have a very simple existence.

My blue fish friends have not been seen for a couple of days, so apart from a lot of rowing I don’t have any maritime stories to bring you. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Night night,

  1. Sonia Harding on February 9, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Night Night Dawn Love Sonia & Clive xx

  2. Jan Stevens on February 9, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    keep going looks like your catching up your mind boggling.

  3. Gary Wilson. on February 9, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Dawn, just love reading your blogs and following the yellow boat on the route map. Keep up the great work regarding plastic pollution in the seas, and here’s hoping for two weeks of good winds to help you into Barbados.

  4. Paul on February 9, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    I can’t believe how fast you’re catching her up, good luck for the rest the trip.

  5. Mr Spoons on February 9, 2019 at 7:34 pm

    Your amazing, can’t believe you’ve been at it for so long. Saw Jamie in the week and we decided that a large bill board should be erected in your honour on the Burnham bends to welcome careful drivers into Burnham on Crouch – home town of The Dengie Warrior 😎. Just need to get the nice people in the council on board……
    Everyone is now talking about your epic voyage. It’s created such excitement and interest.
    Love the story about the pond, think you might of identified a gap in the market for the marine industry. Surprised the Musto empire never thought of it!
    Keep going Dawny, we all love ya
    Sq Leader out

  6. Chris Armstrong on February 9, 2019 at 11:51 pm

    We are waiting here in Barbados to welcome u on behalf of Sgt Aaron of Essex Maritime Unit

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