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.