Day 20 - today I am one very happy chappy

26 February 2013

I just did a fantastic blog and pushed the wrong button and its all gone. The last 18 hours have been great with good weather and sea state. Last night I rolled along under a full moon and into lighter winds today, but the sea is blue and silver, the sky is light blue and there's not a single cloud in view. The temperature is down to 26ºC and I'm heading on 250ºT towards the beginning of my third zone, the final approach to Barbados, just 1,000 miles away! I've been on the sat phone to Simon Chalk who has rowed the Atlantic more than anyone else on plant Earth and as he has just finished in Barbados, he's been giving me some ultra helpful advice on getting myself positioned for the last 600 miles. SImon's experience and local knowledge combined with Andy Wise's weather mapping for me means I couldn't have two better men to support me. So, today I am one very happy chappy.

Tramadol severe pain killers take 48 hours to leave your body's system. I know, because I've just started hurting all over again, but I'd rather have the pain than what I went through not so long ago. I'm taking Ibuprofen to ease the pain, so again, I 'm happy as pain is just for a short time...time that will pass by.

I'm down to less than 5,000 calories as I just can't get the rest into me. On speaking to Emma, she said " don't go and chuck any food over the side, because you may need it in Barbados". Good point!

I saw a squadron of flying fish fly past me today. There were about 12 of them. All doing at least 24 knots!! Fantastic..and then it all happened again moments later.

I managed to wash my 3 shirts properly today and as the sun is high and strong, I have lots of power on board to make fresh water for me tomorrow!

Bad news...my Bolle sunglasses went over the side today. I'm really sad because they were the best glasses I've had. Dear Father Christmas............!

It's now getting on into the evening, so one phone call to my wife and then it's back to my oars for another stint into the glorious night.

Thanks for all the emails and as you can all see, the messages have raised my chin and I'm back in good spirit.

Very smelly feet every time I take them out of my rowing shoes.....Poooo!