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May Blog - 203 days until race start.

June 11, 2018

“So what have we learnt this time?”

It’s been a very hectic and blurred few months but we have certainly achieved and learnt so much in this time.

We took delivery of our beautiful boat at the end of March and since then have been out as many times as we can.
Each time it’s a learning experience...
We are becoming experts at putting the rudder in, Lou now comes armed with a trusty piece of wooden baton as an arm extension to give enough reach!
Navigation through the busy Salcombe harbour and waving at the same time is becoming more second nature.
Next on the list is taking selfies whilst rowing...
Every time we are out on the boat we are able to make small adjustments and streamline processes, and the very repeated phrase we come away with is, “so, what have we learnt this time?” These little tweaks are going to make such a difference when it comes to our time at sea, so we savour each and every different experience and situation we face.

Since January it has felt like most of our focus has been on ensuring our Caribbean Ball was a success, as well as a night to remember for all the right reasons!
We held the fundraising ball in Malborough village hall, and, with the help of many kind and generous people the evening was a complete success.
We have been asked when the next ball will be, unfortunately, there won’t be another, we just dont have the time, but, June is a busy month in the social calendar for us! We will be hosting a bingo night on the 1st June at Malborough Village hall and a Gin party on the 30th. You can find all the details for both on our social media.

The past week we have been at Sea Sports South West in Teignmouth with Tim and Sue completing the courses we must pass in order to get to the start line. With Tim’s expert knowledge, (and much needed patience), and Sue’s fantastic baking skills, (necessary as bribery and to maintain brain power), we have completed our VHF, first aid and RYA courses as required. Even though it may have felt our brains had melted and seeped out of our ears! Due to the cake we have also made excellent progress on putting on the 2 stone bulk....
We can’t wait to plan our passage up to Teignmouth on the boat to go and see Tim and Sue, with the promise of pizza on arrival! (Motivational pizza! They know us so well already)! This overnight trip will make a big dent in our 96 hours of rowing required to make the race start.

To top off a very busy six days of courses we then took our boat to Devon County show. We were very lucky to be able hosted by The Wolf Rock boat company and we enjoyed hospitality from Marchand Petit.
It was fantastic to be at the show in the sunshine and talk to lots of different people about our challenge.

We are still astounded at people’s generosity and desire to help us. We still have a little way to go but this is certainly no longer a dream, it’s reality.

Hels x


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