Nabs has Less than 1000nm to Row!

Tuesday 1st March 2011

28 Feb 2011

News this week has been quite slow for Britannia.  They have had adverse winds and haven’t been able to make the progress they would like.  However the wildlife has been amazing this week – pilot whales, dolphins and of course Nabs’ whales.

It was great to start the week off with  “Britannia have reached the half-way point” and to be able to finish the week off on a positive note and say that as of 07:02 GMT this morning Nabs and the crew of Britannia III have only 968nm to row towards the finish. Exciting not only for friends and families to know that they will see their loved ones soon, but a huge motivator for the crew.

Our current ESTIMATED arrival date for Britannia is around the 11/12th March.  We have chosen these dates to ensure that families and friends can be in Barbados to see their arrival.  Although a few days before they should make land (going by their daily mileage), in our experience crews tend to speed up in the last few days of their crossing and we wouldn’t want families to be in a position where they miss the arrival of the boat and crew.

This week will see Nabs and the crew crossing the mid-Atlantic ridge, the longest mountain range in the world.

Since January 31st life has moved on.  People have gone to work every day, looked after their families, cooked 30 dinners and drank approximately 150 cups of tea each.  There has been a massive earthquake in New Zealand, people have been made redundant and found new jobs, babies have been born and shown their first real smiles.

And all this time, Nabs and thirteen other brave souls from all around the world have been rowing.  Day in, day out. Only resting if the weather is so bad they are forced to stop. They haven’t eaten a single green vegetable, drunk a single drop of beer or been able to eat their usual breakfast cereal with ice cold milk.  They haven’t seen a duvet for 30 days, or a toilet seat, let alone watched the television with their feet up on the sofa. They’ve had to prescribe their own medicines, ration their t-bags and drink water that’s come out of a machine.

Today we raise a glass to our intrepid rowers and wish them fair winds and smooth passage for the rest of their journey to Barbados.

Food Glorious Food

Saturday 8th January 2011
San Sebastián de La Gomera

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Lesson of the day – 14 people and thousands of packets of dried food, in the heat, don’t necessarily mix…So quickly we split up.

Jamie, Anna, Nabs, Dan, Jen, Beth, Suzanne and Colin have been food packing while Shaun, Roger, Ben, Guy and Mike have tackled the boat prep.

We have finished all the calculations for calorific value and are about half way through vacuum sealing the daily rations.  Snacks are tomorrows task – if only lifes real decisions were as simple as “chocolate” or “walnuts”…

It’s been great for the boys working on the boat to be able to take a quick dip in the Ocean to get rid of the heat.  Our boat workshop area is right next to two beaches in San Sebastian. Britannia has had another coat of deckpaint so she looks nice and sparkly for departure and the watermakers are now in!

More family and friends arrive in La Gomera tomorrow bringing some last minute equipment.  We’re looking forward to seeing our new sheepskin seat pads, made by Devonia in Buckfastleigh.  They are the sort of pads made for fighter jet pilots so should withstand the pressure of 30 days at sea.

Thanks also go to Nivea, Sandbaggers, and of course Be-Well.  Without our delivery from Nivea we would be suffering in this sun, and i’m sure we will all dream of Peronin and Be-Well Lamb Pilaf and Hot Cereal Start tonight…we’ve seen a lot today.  Be-Well are Woodvale’s Food partner and have very kindly sponsored the Atlantic Allum Cup.

Amigo is almost ready to go. Ole and Serge are chomping at the bit to get out on the water and test their equipment.  Their families and friends have arrived and are all getting busy stuck in with packing.  Serge tested his lifejacket today for the first time and nearly got blown off his feet!

The weather is looking good for our departure.  The winds are in the right direction, to push us out and across, and we have been keeping a close eye on one of our competitors who left 2 days ago.

Another night in the Blue Marlin is looming again…Manolo would miss us if we didn’t visit.  He is still joking about doing a crossing at some stage…maybe next year??

Geoff Allum to attend Britannia III departure

Thursday 6th January 2011
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Great news today!  Geoff Allum will be arriving in the Canary Islands over the weekend.  He is making a special trip to see Britannia and her crew depart on the anniversary of his crossing with his late cousin Don – 12th January 2011.

We started the mammoth task of sorting and packing food today.  Any ocean rower will tell you that it is a huge job, requiring a large room, many pairs of hands, tape, bags, vacuum sealers, lists etc.  We are taking Peronin with us for the first time this trip – kindly supplied by Sand Baggers.  It’s great stuff for expeditions as it provides loads of calories and nutrients in a powdered drink format.

The Amigo team have been hard at work also with chief Food Packer Carsten and Project Manager James finishing off their food and snack packs.  Their boat Amigo will be in the water very soon – she looks fantastic.