15th February 2019
I am quite a Tom boy is some ways, but I can also be quite ladylike. For example, ask anyone who knows me and they will tell you I can not stand toilet talk and farting, it’s absolutely horrible. But, here is a toilet story too good to keep to myself.
I was doing my morning chores, making water, cleaning out the fish pond, changing over the auto pilot that sort of thing, when I was thinking about the world record. I do still have a chance, but with 168 miles to catch up in a week I have to face reality that it may not happen.
So I starting thinking how there must be another way to get one, after all isn’t there a record for sitting in a bath of beans?!? So there must be something I am the first at or quickest at. I carried on pondering whilst getting ready to use the bathroom. (This translates as put a bit of water in the poo bucket, put it on deck and sit on it.)
So there I was sitting on my bucket when all of a sudden there was the answer right in front of me. Literally right in front of me!!! A massive wave came up the stern of the boat which was going to go one of two ways – either topple the boat on its side or I was going surfing. Which ever it was had the potential to get me in the s**t.
So I gripped on to the safety lines one either side and tried to put as much weight as I could on the bucket to hold it still and stop it from going over. And you guessed it, I went surfing.
The 15ft wave picked up the boat sweetly and sent it careering down the other side with me perched on the bucket clocking a speed of 11.5kts. Once at the bottom the boat levelled out and I was able to continue my duties without incident.
I just can’t get the image of what it must have looked like out of my head! My eyes big as saucers as I realised what was about to happen then laughing my head off as I surfed a wave trying to grip a bucket in place with my buttock muscles!!
Now surely there must be a world record for toilet surfing???
After all that excitement, I then finished getting ready for a two hour rowing shift. There were a few more big waves today with a little more wind, I did manage to get some footage, but the really good ones were when I was not filming.
As the afternoon continued the wind again began to drop off meaning less speed and a calmer sea state.
I quite often think I have seen things in the ocean when it’s just the shape of a wave or the colour change from cloud cover. I was thinking this when I saw a fin shape just a foot from the back of the boat, then as it dipped down again i realised it was a fin! It was not a dolphin or shark but I am pretty sure it was another marlin as the fin was the same shape. It didn’t hang round long but was a little creepy watching it’s fin circle behind the boat for a minute.
My album of choice for the sunset shift tonight… Luther Vandross. Great stuff, you can’t beat a bit of Luther, although probably should have had him on yesterday for my valentines evening.
As I write this blog the wind has dropped right off so I expect I am in for a long night. It’s just so frustrating I have already rowed for 12hrs since six o’clock this morning getting some good mileage in, now with light winds if I don’t put more hours in that will all be wasted. I am forecast reasonable winds for the coming week, but as we all know you don’t always get the weather predicted.
Please send me all your positive wind thoughts to get me to Barbados safely and in good time, where I am due to become the 7th woman ever in history to row solo and unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean.
(And maybe the fastest person to surf whilst sitting on a bucket)