4 guys who have just rowed 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to raise money for Movember and help stop men dying too young. Check the link👇 to donate
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If all goes to plan we should be arriving in Antigua tomorrow!
It goes without saying that we're incredibly grateful to our sponsors.
However, the whole reason we signed up to this challenge was to try and make a positive difference for men's health. We have been blown away by the support we have received for our chosen charity, @Movember.. so we’re dedicating these final miles to everyone who has helped push our total higher!
In particular our special thanks go to @Webgains, @BristolSportFoundation, @Official_BristolRugby, @BristolFC, Arm, QEH Bristol, @EuropeanSharePoint, @Sweat_Southsea, @Fitness_Festival
Follow the link in our bio to donate!
376 NM to go! ♂
Not long 'till we're be chilling in Antigua! Unfortunately it turns out that duct tape was not the answer to fixing our autohelm's issues so we're back to manual steering with a one hour shift pattern.. Definitely looking forward to a decent nights in (hopefully) less than a week!
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This bag contains everything we'd need if we need to abandon our boat and get into our life raft. Aside from medical kits and water there's a few key electrical items; handheld VHF radio and a satellite phone.
Massive thanks to @overboardbags for providing us with some great dry bags and phone cases for this challenge
After spending the best part of 24 hours trying to fix our autohelm unsuccessfully we had given up on her. However, yesterday, after getting our manual steering cables jammed we figured we'd give the repair one last shot.
It's our pleasure to say that the Jon and Mark unofficial Simrad repair office is open for business! After shortening the drive arm with a hacksaw, redrilling a new mounting position for the motor and a lot of prayers, we are pleased to announce we have a working autohelm again!
To be honest the repair is not pretty and has used a lot of duct tape. However, we're hoping there's enough life in her to allow us to overtake the three teams ahead of us! Keep your fingers crossed for us
Dan mastering the art of looking like a pro with a diving mask and car windscreen scraper whilst trying to avoid being hit by our boat!
Oh, and that Talisker 'sticker' on the front of the boat...that is one of @solbian and @ilooxs_technologies incredible solar panels. We're constantly blown away by how cool these panels and the technology is... you can't distinguish it from a normal branded sticker on the boat!
In the early hours of Thursday morning we added another problem to the list. Our auto helm decided it no longer wanted to navigate for us and left us with just our hand steering.
Steve and Dan spent the next 24 hours, lone rowing and hand steering to give Jon and Mark time to try make the repairs. Without sleep, they grafted away at the issue, trying to persuade it to give our little boat one last chance. In the end though they had to call time on the operation.
With potentially just over two weeks to go it's not the greatest news we've had, but it gives our chief navigator Steve the stage to showcase the navigation skills he's been stowing away for a special occasion like this!
It's not what we were hoping for, but we are determined as ever to get to the finish line as soon as possible.
We'd be lying if we said the last few days haven't been tough both mentally and physically. We took a very direct line in this crossing in an attempt to try and catch up the three days that we lost at the start of the race.
Unfortunately the winds we were counting on taking us south at this point haven't yet materialised and as a result we're seeing more southerly boats overtake us again.
We're not letting this defeat us though! We're putting in our all to give ourselves a fighting chance of catching some stronger winds and currents to get us to Antigua asap! We have to say... sunsets like this do a pretty good job at lifting our spirits. .
Again, we want to say a massive thank you to everyone for all your messages and comments of support. You have no idea how much it's motivating us and keeping us going!
Less than 1,000 NM to go!!! Not going to lie, we’re pretty excited to see dry land again! Thank you everyone so much for all you support, it really does mean the world! .
If you’d like to help us in our mission to raise as much as possible for @movember then follow the link in our bio
Don’t let the blue sky fool you! 30 minutes before we were stuck in what seemed like torrential rain...20ft waves, non stop rain and we could not see further than 20m ahead of us!
Unfortunately someone (Jon) opened the hatch at just the same time as we got caught by a wave side on.
Drying the contents of a cabin on deck is a lot easier when the sun comes out!