It is less than three months before the start of the race and I’m sure that time will go very quickly. We need to have the boat ready for shipping by November the 2nd, so really, we have about six weeks to get organised. And there is still so much to do. The boat is filling up with kit and supplies. Much of our safety equipment is on board but we are missing some important pieces of kit (for example a life raft and comms gear).
We were out on the boat again this weekend on the North Sea and were able to practice many of our drills. For example, we practised deploying the para-anchor for the first time. This is like a big parachute that holds the boat in position if the wind is trying to blow us backwards. We hope we don’t have to use it on the crossing! We rowed in the dark and our shift changes are getting sharp. It was a beautiful weekend, warm and calm. I’m not sure we can count on such benign conditions in a few months’ time! That just about completes the number of hours we need to satisfy the race requirements but we are planning one more long row early in October – fingers crossed that the weather holds until then.
We’ve also had the boat out on the road, drumming up interest and sponsorship. Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the cause. We are making slow progress towards our target, and we still have a way to go. It is a terrific charity and we are all very proud to be doing our bit for them. We are still looking for a main boat sponsor, so if you know of anyone who might be interested, please let me know. We will be displaying the boat in London to generate publicity - so look out for that in October.