Home at last 

22 March 2013


It has been 10 days since I crossed the line and my steering arm seized, I had my first double burger with french fries, was re-united with my family and had many good cool Banks beers. It has been 8 days since we moved into an amazing west shore beach side villa and was able to totally relax. It has been 6 days since I had my first full 7 hours of sleep in one hit. It has been 4 days since my boat was washed and loaded into a container with all the help from Alan at Port St Charles Marina and it has been less than 2 days since I was swimming with turtles, touching them and visiting all the great places Barbados has to offer. Today I am sitting at home in Essex and am able to sit comfortably on my bottom for the first time having had a straight forward hassle free flight and all my family are here with me. Today is also the day Soma leaves Barbados in her container, due to arrive in Southampton in 15 days time. All of this in under two weeks! A special thanks again to Alan, a nice guy called Dennis Sober in Barbados for arranging the container and to Rupert Brown at Greenwich Meridian Lines for taking charge of all the shipping logistics. These guys have made my post row period a real rest period and I've been able to completely "chill" and not worry about a thing.

It is great to be back home and I'm very relaxed about the weather! I am physically very tired and I don't have much energy to do anything too active, infact I can't remember the last time I did absolutely no exercise for nearly 2 weeks! However, the gym looks inviting and I'll have a gentle session on Saturday and finish with a short jog. This will physically help me as my muscles are shrinking and pulling at my bones! A bit of exercise will ease everything up again. Oh..to taste real decent bread again! Something I forgot about and to have a pair of jeans and a jumper on....not so exciting!

There has been a huge amount of change in my life over the last year, but the row was the perfect transition to launch myself full time back into the world of adventure. Something I used to do for many years in my younger days. With this latest challenge successfully behind me, I am extremely excited about focusing all my time in Rannoch Adventures Limited, the company responsible for building ocean going solo, pairs and multi crew rowing boats. Although the company is less than a year old, the depth of knowledge and experience within it for building high specification boats is substantial and our attention to detail is just the same as that put into both my previous rowing boats.

After weekend, it's back to a busy schedule and I can't wait to get stuck in and get my hands dirty again. As for the next adventure... already laid out on the dining room table, but not a solo one this time!