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Halfway and a clean bottom

By Dan Howie | January 6th, 2014 | Department: Atlantic Row 2013 | Categories: News, Crossing


The weather has finally picked up and is blowing us in the right direction. Happy days! We have clocked up some decent miles over the last few days and lets hope we can continue like this.

One of the main reasons we were falling down in the rankings was because we hadn't been able to clean the barnacles off the bottom of the boat. It had been far too choppy to get in the water so we had to sit and wait, all the time knowing that the crews around us had cleaned their barnacles off and had gained half a knot of speed. Majorly frustrating! 

However, the time to clean Blue Steel's behind arrived on Friday at 6pm. Will ‘I love a clean bottom’ North jumped in in nothing but his birthday suit and did the honours. I was on shark watch at the time but luckily Will was far too pongy to be a tasty snack. There were a huge amount of barnacles underneath and once we were back underway the difference was immense. We were definitely 0.5 of a knot quicker - maybe more. It’s amazing how much this cheered us up and it's great to be getting to Antigua that little bit quicker. Those rum punches are calling us.

As for our own bottoms, I was on antibiotics but these haven't worked too well as I ideally need to stop rowing to allow time to heal, obviously not an option out here so I will have to keep going with the slight irritation. Will is using eye wash to help the itching of his sore eyes (probably from seeing me in the nuddy too much!)

We are officially over halfway now which is a great feeling, we are closing in on 1,000 miles to go and then the real countdown begins - exciting stuff! We are so happy to have made it this far. This is made so much better by the fact that it's my 29th birthday today! I never thought I would be out rowing the Atlantic for my birthday but I'm glad to be out here with Will seeing it in. I have a few cards and pressies to open which should help boost morale.

We are being constantly bombarded by flying fish, finding lots of dead ones on deck after a night shift. I heard a yelp from Will a couple of nights ago as he was hit square on the back of the head by one! Thanks to anyone who gave us loads of music and audiobooks, they really help us get through the night shifts and even make them enjoyable!

Tags: Atlantic Row, The Crossing