01 March 2006
If you watched the TV programmes about Ben Fogle and James Cracknell you may recall seeing Ben on the deck of their boat punching the air and shouting those words. When I saw that Roz had done 44 miles yesterday, and moved up to 1655.74 degrees of latitude it all seemed so exciting and a real beginning to count down. Combined with my own preparations to fly there, confirmation of accommodation and other vital details, I can hardly wait! A few more days to go yet.
There may be a day or two without a dispatch, but I promise that there will be some news and pictures when the BIG DAY arrives. There are still a few more sponsored miles on the list – one received today – so before I depart I will give the names. Two of them are actually after arrival in Antigua, presumably to be celebrated at English Harbour.
No news from Roz, and, of course, no news from Monty. I was looking through our photographs and came across this one that I took of Monty and his lifejacket, sitting on an alpaca skin seat cover. Roz had asked me to make a lifejacket for Monty in the same colours as hers – red and blue. I was not sure how to get hold of small pieces of red and blue material until I saw something outside a charity shop on a bargain rail. It was a pair of dungarees for a toddler and cost me all of 50p. My apologies to Asda and “George”, but the little sign on the front bib just seemed appropriate “I am a Winner” and the number 23. Roz’ birthday is on the 23rd. When Roz finishes the voyage she will be a winner, but let us not forget that Monty too has endured the crossing!
(For overseas guests, Asda supermarkets are owned by Wal-Mart and George is the brand name of the clothes they sell.)
Miles rowed today so far: 34