As I write this, I am able to say, "I am rowing across the Atlantic next month!”. I can’t say it is a scary prospect yet, we have been so busy getting prepared; but there’s time…
Since our final training row we have been concentrating on fundraising and getting the boat prepared. The boat is ready for shipping to the start line and it is at Rannoch about to be packed into a container. So we are just about there. We have packed sixty days’ worth of food on the boat – at 5,000 calories per person per day. That’s 1.2 million calories in total; enough to feed a man and a woman for more than a year. In truth, I don’t know how we are going to manage to eat that amount of food every day. We’ll see, I guess. And apart from a few small things that we will take with us at the last minute the boat has all our equipment and supplies on board. We have waved goodbye to it now and will see it in La Gomera on the 2nd of December.
We have had the boat wrapped – and as you can see, it looks very different now. We need to reapply the logos of our generous sponsors; it is not too late to get your logo on the boat. This year’s race will have 35 entrants at the start line. The race coverage will be extensive.
You will have seen from our last post, that we took The Atlantic Guardsman into London at the request of the Secretary of State for Defence – he was very interested in seeing it and spent a lot of time with us – despite his busy schedule. We are very grateful for his interest. We’ve had the boat at Aylesbury Rugby Club and Ellesborough Golf Club. Thanks to everyone from ARFC and EGC who donated to the Charity. All of your donations will make a huge difference to our soldiers who have been injured in the line of duty and to their families. We are very proud to be rowing for these heroes.
We had a visit from The British Forces Broadcasting Services while we were packing the boat. There are three boats associated with the British Armed Forces in this year’s race and BFBS is following us all. We will make sure there is a link on here when their “documentary” is available.
Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the cause and to those companies who have generously sponsored us. All donations will go direct to the charity.
We hope to be able to send updates from the Atlantic during the race. Follow us on our Social Network sites and of course the race website. We are very grateful for your interest and support. It means a lot.