Friday, 22 January 2010

19 Days at Sea in a Rowing Boat

Peter is getting used to his new life as an ocean rower with the highs and lows that come with it, such as sleep deprivation, salt sores, aches and pains, flying fish, whales spouting, beautiful sunsets and, of course, the never-ending rowing!

With their goal of achieving the world record of the fastest Atlantic ocean crossing, the boat never stops.

Taking shifts of 2 hours on 2 hours off can be tough, especially at night. You've heard of sleep walking? Try sleep rowing!

A few days ago, they had problems with their electric desalination pump which provides them with drinking water.  Luckily, they were able to sort that out quickly. 

Peter day dreams of lovely food and fresh water, so one of the highlights of his his trip so far was when he shared a segment of an old orange Linda (one of the other rowers of Britannia III) found in her bag!

Some of the crew are rowing naked (sorry no pics!). This is to help heal their salt sores and prevent more chaffing (some people will use any excuse!).  

They have been making good progress and are approaching the half way point. Skipper Ian says: “After our initial storming start and our move south, weather conditions have dictated that Britannia III will now be going to Barbados instead of Antigua. Barbados has seen the finish of most of the historic ocean row records and so it is appropriate that Britannia III ends her crossing here.”

At the time of writing, they are a bit behind where they should be to break the record but they are still in with a chance. To be fair, they have had a tougher time with the weather than previous record breaking attempts but if they keep doing what they are doing and the weather decides to be on their side, they can achieve their goal.

"Success is almost totally dependent upon drive and persistence" 
D. Waitley 

See where Peter Gadiot is right now!

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