Posted by: Helena Smalman-Smith | January 3, 2012

Day 30 – Friends old and new

For us, today has been largely another waiting it out till the weather calms down a bit as its forecast to do on Thursday so we can work on our rudder issue and more easily make progress anyway. For most of you, it’s been that rather gloomy day of going back to work – and in the pouring rain for those in London to make things worse. Here it’s a nice temperature, though made pretty cold in the wind!

Many thanks to all of you who have been in touch today – we are so humbled that any of you find what we’re doing inspiring, and that is truly motivating for us, especially as it’s not all plain rowing out here! Impressed that even bellringers in Tonbridge are interested, as well as cousins in Edinburgh, Fred and Andrew Mardsen, the Tickles, Lisa A and more.

Also great to hear from new La Gomera friends Ian of Summerhill Lady yesterday and Pirkko and Rreko today – I’m guessing that you are the Finnish couple who were stopping off there on a cruise and kindly bought one of our t-shirts?! I think our Land Team will be collecting and posting up tiger team t-shirt wearers from all over the world, so if you happen to take a photo of one of you or your family wearing that shirt, please do send it in to tigerteam.atlantic to add to their collection!

Lisa F – Many thanks for letting us know from your gleaning of other blogs that other crews are finding it tough in these conditions too – most reassuring. We gather from you and others from their blogs that Patience are being resupplied with blades and Row 2 Recovery with a watermaker. If their blogs say anything about these having happened, please could you let us know? They are some of the crews we know best – we did our compulsory courses wit R2R and first met Patience outside Bournemouth at sea sometime in August!


Tig(g)er meets land cat.


  1. Happy (belated) New Year from everyone at St Mungo’s!

  2. Thought you’d like to know that Manx Shearwaters sound like a cat being murdered when defending their territory. I’ve set this as my mobile ringtone and get scared looks from commuters when it rings. Manx Shearwaters breed in burrows, the adults leave before the chicks and fly to South America. The chicks emerge on clear nights, take a cosmic snapshot of the stars and somehow also migrate to South America. They then return to the same burrow at the start of the breeding season, also at night. How clever’s that!

  3. Keep catching & joking and solving puzzles – and here’s hoping the weather will be more cooperative from tomorrow! Cousins & other family members are rooting for you both.

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