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Christmas wishes and an update from the Atlantic!

By Dan Howie | December 24th, 2013 | Department: Atlantic Row 2013 | Categories: News, Charities

We wanted to give a huge thank you to everyone that has supported us along this challenge, we really couldn't have done this without you!

Morale is currently ok on board. We heard via Jo that Nick and Ed had to be rescued which wasn't nice to hear. We will be extra SAFE.

We've had a 40m rope out the back of the boat to slow us down for a couple of days and this stopped us capsizing. After taking the rope in our speed picked up. Our priority now though is to make Antigua and we couldn't give a monkeys about going fast if it puts us in danger. We must make it. We may even put the rope back out shortly as there are a few dubious waves knocking around.

Our hands are starting to deteriorate and our feet are in bad shape. Will's back hurts and the top of his neck too. The bottoms are ok now though thanks to the sheepskins Dad got us! Huge thank you to you Dad!

The cabin is very stuffy, sweaty and wet so the electrics have been playing up, plus we've had concern that the socket to charge the sat phone isn't working well. That would be bad as we can't contact the outside world if the sat phone goes down so we're having to be extra careful.

Night shifts are tough going and sleep deprivation is kicking in for both of us. We always pray for the moon to be bright so that we can see the waves coming! It's always nice to see the sun come up so that we can tick off another night.

We really can't wait to reach Christmas as this is a huge milestone for us.

Please everyone - keep donating!

Christmas is not just a time for being with family and opening presents, it's also a time to think of people less fortunate than yourself. We want to take this opportunity to thank all of our sponsors and anyone that has donated to us and our three chosen charities; Cancer Research UK, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and St. Anna's.

So far you have helped us raise over £78,000 towards our charities. We know that this money is greatly appreciated by them and we are glad to be supporting such a good cause that is so close to our hearts. This money will fund research that can save many people so that they can enjoy another Christmas. We are still a long way from our target of £200,000, but you can help us by donating here.

Please keep the inspirational messages coming through, they really help keep morale up on these long nights.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all.

Big love from two very determined salty sea dogs!

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