Posted by: Helena Smalman-Smith | December 6, 2011

still moving, first night done

Tues 4 Dec 8am.

Lovely start to the race. Hung back before the off, but then rowed a lively first ten mins going past most of the pairs and fours in the nice water. First rhythm call at 15 mins, then into hourly shifts each from the first hour. Seas progressively difficult and fleet completely spread in the first few hours so that we could see nobody.
Trying to row south with the wind and waves from the east was very uncomfortable, and got really nasty at nightfall. Put out drogue and drifted for two long bits of the night with R pulling in drogue and rowing a couple of 3hr shifts. Sleeping with both of us in sweaty cabin and boat pitching and rolling was near ipmossible. No sickness for R, H being careful and managing herself well so as not to be sick.
First sunrise and only moderately gentler seas, but hard to type still – and only now beginning to make up the lost ground from last nght. Aroura the support yatch passed us at 6am, but did not even respond to VHF. More blog and photos when it is a little easier.



  1. You already know this, but the first few days are the hardest as you adjust to your new existence at sea. Keep pulling through and you will be fine. Sypathise re the sweaty cabin, but remember have faith in DiDi. She will look after you well. Tom

  2. Yay, you’re at sea and getting stuck into it. I’m sure you’ll be able to sleep more easily as the trip goes on. Glad that sea sickness is avoiding you so far. Weather says its due to get a bit windy tomorrow morning (up to 20kts) so enjoy the flat water while you can.
    Can’t wait to see some photos.

  3. Hang in there guys. Not being seasick is a great thing.. I think its the worst feeling in the world.
    Seas will calm soon, and all will be well. Keep up the spirits, and remember the race is not for the swift, but who can endure it to the end.
    Jah Guide

    Alan x

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