Dawn Wood's

solo atlantic challenge 2019

DAY 4 (41)

Thoughts of Home

21st February 2019
Just 250nm left to go!!! Up until now I have not really thought much about finishing and getting home, I have tried to concentrate on the task in hand.

Now the end is in sight I have started to think about my lovely little house and can’t wait to get back there. It is surrounded by trees, we have squirrels and all kinds of wildlife visit the garden and the river is just down the end of the road. I love it, especially on warm evenings when me and Jaime can sit on the deck and enjoy dinner with a glass of wine. 

Jaime, Mum and Dad are all flying out to Barbados tomorrow, I can’t wait to see them. That’s going to be brilliant seeing their lovely faces. I wonder if it will be like when I left? As in.. how long do you keep waving for!!

From a vantage point they will probably be able to see me a few hours before I actually arrive. I am not sure where they will be, I am hoping that it will be daylight and pretty straight forward for them to find me.

I have my Barbados chart out and marked up ready to go. I have a waypoint marked up on the Northern point then I will follow the island round into Port Saint Charles. There seem to be a few reefs and obstructions to avoid but these are clearly marked up on the chart, plus I should have a boat coming out to escort me in. Feels exciting to start planning the arrival in my head now. Nearly there!!!!

It’s been a pretty dreary day with a few patches of rain. The wind has been very strange, one minute it’s blowing a hooley, the next it’s flat calm. This is caused by small areas of low pressure passing through, there is no point trying to navigate round them – I am just holding course and dealing with whatever the wind is doing hour by hour. 

I wish I could catch these flying fish on camera for you, they are amazing to watch. A group of about fifteen all flew out of the water a few feet from the boat and in formation made a good 20metre flight before re entering the water. I have noticed that as they begin to loose altitude, they swish their tail on the surface of the water to get a bit of momentum going again. 

Plastic watch today – a big blue plastic bag floating just below the surface of the water, I could not be sure but it looked like it may have been tied at the top so probably contained more rubbish. 

Well that was my last Thursday sunset!! Here’s hoping for a trouble free night and some good rowing conditions for the remainder of my crossing. 

Thank you all again for following my journey and helping to spread awareness about the problem of plastics pollution in our oceans. 

  1. Tricia Hughes on February 22, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Many Congratulations Dawn.

    • Angie Dale on February 26, 2019 at 10:08 pm

      Many congratulations on a truly amazing achievement
      Angie and Marshall Dale. You certainly did it!! X

  2. Eileen on February 22, 2019 at 4:55 pm

    Nearly there Dawn, and a wonderful welcoming party to greet you , plenty of hugs kisses and tears of course 😂😂. Plenty of chocolate, and of course a bottle of wine or 2 or 3 🍾🍾🍾. Keep safe Dawn on your final journey and don’t forget to sing oh I’m going to Barbados, just think a lovely shower or a soak in a bath and a flushing toilet .And of course your mum can now catch up on her sleep I don’t think she has slept since the beginning of January 😴😴😴 .keep safe Dawn and well done to you such a wonderful experience and achievement, it won’t be long and you will be back in your little house on the decking with more wine🍾🍾🍾

    • Kim Schober on February 23, 2019 at 9:24 am

      It’s been a priviledge following your journey. Total respect from one thin blue line to another. Enjoy the moment in Barbados you’ve more than earned it girl .

  3. Mr Spoons on February 22, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    You are truly the Dengie Warrior! Not long now my lovely, it’s unbelievable what you have achieved.
    You really are a winner 😇👍
    We had a team meeting in Essex today talking about your amazing journey and everyone is so behind you!
    Take care on your last leg and can’t wait to see you XXX

    • Jay samouelle on February 23, 2019 at 8:41 am

      Cracking effort Dawn.
      Enjoy the rest and family in Barbados

  4. Jon haslip on February 22, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    So humbled by your magnificent achievement Dawn. You are entitled to everything that’s is good that comes your way.
    Lots of love

  5. Nic Barnard on February 22, 2019 at 10:48 pm

    Hey Bert, you are my hero! I’ve been totally enraptured by your journey – and particularly your marine life interactions!- and one day I hope I have the chance to hear first hand just what it was like to live such a rich experience (the good and the bad). You’ve got gumption like no other. So thrilled for you that you are nearly there, and hope you get to enjoy some seriously well deserved luxury v soon. All my love.

  6. Martin Jones on February 22, 2019 at 11:35 pm

    Hi Dawn, my name is Martin and I live in Woodham Ferrers, but currently working in Barbados, been here since mid December. Full of admiration for your amazing achievement’s, my wife saw the link on FB and passed it on to me and I’ve been on your website following you. All the best once again and take care until the finish and a well earned celebration with your family.
    Martin Jones

  7. Nicola winter on February 23, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I hope that the last part of your adventure is kind to you and that you don’t get land sick when you arrive. I wonder if you’ll be swaying all over the place for a while. Congratulations on such an achievement, You are a true inspiration! Safe journey, enjoy Barbados and seeing the family again x big hugs xx

  8. Johanna Somers on February 23, 2019 at 8:31 am

    Oar inspiring (see what I did there) 😁. Great achievement not long to row. Land is in sight soon. Best Wishes xx

  9. Andy Barnes on February 23, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Dawny – so proud for you. Love the pics of you smiling at sea after so many weeks. Can just imagine how excited you are about completing this amazing adventure. Looking forward to seeing you when you get back. X

  10. Garf on February 23, 2019 at 8:42 am

    Simply…You are bloody amazing Dawny!

  11. Debbie kimber on February 23, 2019 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations- nearly there 🎉🎉🎉 what do you miss most ? I expect you are craving certain foods and desperate for a nice shower or bath ? 🎉🎉🎉 do you have any more crazy ambitions ? 🎉🎉🎉

  12. SheilaC on February 23, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Just amazing !

  13. Kelly martin on February 23, 2019 at 8:56 am

    You are doing amazing dawn. We keep reading and willing you on.x
    Take care out there. X

  14. Alistair Sims on February 23, 2019 at 9:01 am

    Go Dawny Go. You are a true inspiration. Al x

  15. Wafty lofty on February 23, 2019 at 9:04 am

    I do have eaten some of those flying fish? Almost there chicken, keep it up.
    #superstar xxx Wafty

  16. Liz Wilson on February 23, 2019 at 9:10 am

    So excited for you that you’re almost there, I’ve really enjoyed reading your Blogs and am full of admiration for what you have achieved. I will be sponsoring you! Anything we can do to raise awareness of what we’re doing to our oceans because of plastic waste is a good thing.
    Looking forward to seeing pictures of you when you arrive in Barbados, Dan!

  17. Kimberley Farrow on February 23, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Well done… dawn don’t know you but am a colleague amazing achievemnet enjoy the family upon your return ….loved your blogs !

  18. Jennifer Macdonald Garden on February 23, 2019 at 10:32 am

    Dawn, I am so excited for you as I write from Tasmania Australia. I am so thrilled as you approach the closure of your magnificent journey and the beginning of your celebrations. You truly are an inspiration and I hope I can meet you one day to shake your hand and thank you for raising awareness of our global problem, much respect and love for a safe finish xxx

  19. Christine Hill on February 23, 2019 at 11:15 am

    WOW, you’re some girl Dawn! No matter what your journey has thrown at you you’ve powered through thick and thin. Your strength of character is outstanding let alone your physical strength. You deserve a guard of honour when you arrive in Barbados. I have so enjoyed reading your blogs.
    I can only imagine the emotion when you finally see Jamie and your mum and dad, Sheila and Barry. Tears of joy and relief for a safe arrival. Love to you all, Chris ( Barry’s cousin) xxxx

  20. Ian Lewis on February 23, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Hi Dawn, I have followed your journey everyday and have the utmost respect for you. When I first looked at ‘True Blue’ on the tracking map before you left, Barbados seemed so far away, and now you are so close. You have had one hell of an adventure with many ups and downs, each one making it a journey I am sure you will never forget. I thought you were mad before you left, I still think you were mad, but now you are nearly there you can be sure that everyone of your followers has complete admiration for your strength of character that has always shone through whatever. As for your blogs, I hope you have enjoyed writing them as much as I have enjoyed reading them. Well done Dawn! Congratulations. Ian x

  21. Wendy Whittaker on February 23, 2019 at 11:51 am

    Well done Dawn. I’ve been following your journey. You are a real inspiration. 💕❤️💕

  22. Linda Bayford Ollett on February 23, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    You are amazing hope your last hours are going to be easy and migraine free. xx

  23. Linda on February 25, 2019 at 9:02 am

    You amazing woman! Here’s to you enjoying the completion of your adventure.
    You have really made me think about my own plastic use, I’ve changed a few things during the time you’ve been on your adventure and will keep going to reduce it further – you’re inspiring.
    Put my name down for a copy of your book (you HAVE to write a book!!!) and, who knows, maybe the film of the book? Who would you like to “be” you in a film? :))
    Take care, stay safe x 🙂 big smiles to you!

  24. Allan Blackburn on February 25, 2019 at 10:19 am

    What more can I say that hasn’t been said other than Bloody BRILLIANT. Go easy on the first drink, then enjoy the rest, and then you can blame the time at sea for unsteady legs. Take care

  25. Gary Wilson on February 25, 2019 at 11:27 am

    Dawn, Try to take time to soak all the atmosphere as you row into Barbados, you have earned it all. A truly remarkable achievement and something that will remain with you for the rest of your life. From an ex Essex Police Officer you have done yourself and Essex proud, big waves from Derbyshire.

    • Gayla Trice on February 25, 2019 at 6:28 pm

      I’m sure your “lovely little house” can’t wait to have you home. <3

  26. Charles Morlham on February 25, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Hi Dawn, extremely well done!! You are a real inspiration – I would not have been aware of the extent of the plastic problem in the ocean without what you have been doing. Many thanks for that! Take care on the final part of your achievement. You have done a magnificent thing and what an achievement! You, your family and your country should be very proud of what you have done!! Best wishes, Charles xxx

  27. Fisky on February 25, 2019 at 1:53 pm

    Hey Dawny. Awesome effort, well done !! Take it easy on the last bit, hoping for a fair wind and fair sea. Hope to see you back in Blighty when you’re back. 👍🏼💪🏼👍🏼💪🏼🍾🍾

  28. Nick and Clare Hockings on February 25, 2019 at 5:28 pm

    Well done Dawn you are an amazing person and doing a great job to highlight a fantastic cause! We are full of admiration for you. Enjoy your reception in Barbados and enjoy your well deserved rest!!

  29. Specks on February 25, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Smithy you are truly dancing. So so proud of you … keep going …. this song might inspire you ….

    If I were not upon the pitch a ROWER I would be … a ROWER you would be ? … a ROWER I would be … up the ocean up the ocean ………

    Love you loads well done you are incredible xxxxxxxxx

  30. Kevin Stubbs & Marconi Elettra crew on February 26, 2019 at 10:31 am


    An amazing achievement Dawn!

    Well done for maintaining your strength and determination from startup, fundraising, raising awareness of plastic waste, training and throughout this fantastic expedition!

  31. Dolly on February 27, 2019 at 12:57 pm


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