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Day 42 Dreams………………..zzzz!

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

We’ve been flying since coming off para anchor and getting well ahead of SC.¬† All is well - still no wild life but can’t begin to imagine what might be below us though!!

We’ve been asked if we get to dream while we grab some sleep - all I know is that I woke from one of my naps recently having dreamed I had a 4000 word essay to hand in that morning and I hadn’t even started it!!!

Another question was what films we’d watched - well so far -Natural Born Killers, Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels, Heat, White Club, Crash, Casino Royale…..

Thanks for the jokes!!!!¬† They are now ALL deleted……………!

Thank you everyone for all the messages of support - we can’t wait to get halfway.

Andrew out but certainly not down.

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Day 41 - Quiz Podcast

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

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Bloggers, keep those positive comments, questions, jokes, comments coming_!

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Guy out

Day 41 - On The Crest Of A Wave!

Saturday, May 30th, 2009

Hi everyone, hope you are all ok.

Andy and I used the power anchor over night which was a nice break as we are both tired from pushing hard over the last few days.¬† We have been making good progress today and spirits are high.¬† We are making use of the waves around at the moment and the ‘ferkin is surfing’ which is¬†really aiding our progress. It was a great feeling to hit the 1000nm mark and our next target is the halfway point which we hope to acheive quickly now that we are into a good stride.

For those people who don’t know its Andy’s Birthday next Saturday and I’ve got some ideas planned include breaking open some haribo and wearing some special head torches for a party atmosphere!¬† If anyone has any other ideas on what two men can do on a small boat¬†to celebrate a birthday, please let me know.¬† By the way I’m loving the Man U comments and I’m sure Andy will come back with some remarks very soon.

A big thank you to those people who have so kindly donated money to our chosen charity Orchid which we very much appreciate.  We hope you are enjoying following our progress.

Cheers Guys, see you later.

Guy

Out

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Day 40 - Forty days & crossing 1100nm mark

Friday, May 29th, 2009

Andrew and Guy had another good day on the oars pushing them over the 1100nm mark ! The boys hit a clockwise current and through some determined rowing managed to punch through it. Leaving them in lovely variable rowing wind. For a change they have been able to look back at the nasty weather system that they were in. Big thank you again to our (FFSC) Flying Ferkins Support Crew, fantastic to have you on board !

Bloggers, keep those questions, jokes, comments and positive comments coming_!

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Tom out

Day-39 Football - Motivation

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

The mood onboard is positive today and¬†in true competitive spirit, although 1000nm (1085 nm to be exact)¬†has been hit they are both now ‘gunning’ for¬† the half way point! Wildlife is still rather scarce, their bodies are still holding up but they are keeping a watchful eye.

The boys had a ‘running text’¬†commentry (approx 60)¬†detailing the Manchester United vs Barcelona European cup final last night from the Flying Ferkins Support Crew. They were very amused if ultimately disappointed by the result.

However, as a little motivation tactic,¬†the texting stopped just 12 minutes before the end…..Andrew had to get out of bed and do a 3 hour shift not knowing what happened next.¬†They then had to wait until the messages were queued and delivered 6 hours later! to find out the final result.

Good weather on the horizon (even a climse of some blue sky today), some small local squalls blowing through with rain periodically. 

Always on the hunt for discussion topics for the boys…so keep the comments/questions coming…..

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Tom out

Update from Flying Ferkins Support Crew

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

How does locating Flying Ferkins work ? Here’s a brief explanation of how distances are calculated over the ocean?

Longitude & Latitude

Measurements of longitude are like segments on an orange e.g their distances apart [between the degrees and minutes] are bigger at the equator and smaller as you get towards each pole. Latitude measurements are like slices across, parallel with the equator and are the same size North or South. Ok so far? Longitude and latitude measurements are measurements of differing distances.

So what’s the quickest route to Mauritius?

The shortest route has already been worked out by much more intelligent¬† people than us [in 1924 actually]¬†it is called ‘the great circle’ route holding south and then progressively coming up [fairly late on], to Mauritius. Unbelievable as it is, that’s the quickest route-look here¬†if you’re seriously¬†interested in how it looks or how it is worked out click here.

How do we work out boat positions?

This is how we work out the relative boat positions, for example to Southern Cross. There are 60 minutes in a degree [remember that geography lesson?] so you can work out how many minutes they are apart. For example this morning: 

Flying Ferkins position was Latitude 26,26 Longitude 95,27.

Southern Cross Latitude 24,33, Longitude 95,30.

Distance apart is therefore Latitude: 1 degree & 53 minutes Longitude: 0 degree & 3 minutes. 113 minutes.

Remember earlier? Latitude is the same distance all the way down the earth [and conveniently one minute of latitude is one nm], so 113 minutes is 113 nm. Longitude is slightly different and we are assuming it is about 0.9  of a nautical mile in this area, so multiply the minutes by 0.9 to give the nm, so 3 degrees becomes 2.7 nm. This puts Flying Ferkins 2.7nm West of Southern Cross and 113 nm South.

I hope this has been useful and not too taxing! If you have any questions please leave them in the comments below, we’ll endeavour to get back to you directly.

Flying Ferkins Support Crew out.

Day 38 We’ve made the 1000 miles!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Hope all is well back there -¬† were on the para-anchor most of last night and started rowing again this morning, when the rain decided to start! Progress is a little slow but we are still plodding along. We’ve now been doing 24 hours rowing which is good and the weather is good for us until the weekend when we have some westerlies to contend with which could slow us up - really pleased to have hit the 1000 mark.

Over a month at sea now and the food cravings have really kicked in.¬† All we dream about is having some flavoured food once we get to Mauritius, as even the nuts on the boat are saltless.¬† We are¬†severely regretting our attitude at the start that junk food is not a necessity, because IT IS.¬† At the moment my main craving is my mums treacle sponge pudding and I would kill for Mary Pascoe’s Lemon Drizzle!!!!

I know Guy’s been trying to keep this quiet but our new bucket - the spare flares canister is doing ok.

For all of you concerned with the music being played I’ve listened to Bloc Party today.¬† Giving Enya a rest for now.

Hope the Chorlty’s have a great time in Rome watching Man U wish I could be there too but I will be on that phone getting regular up dates from Jem when I’ve finished my shift.

Thanks again for all the support and donations to the charity. Makes all the tiredness, sores and hunger seem worthwhile when the charity total heads closer towards our fundraising target.

Andrew out.

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Day 37 - Somewhere over the rainbow

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

As you keen blog followers will know Andy and I have been on the sea anchor a lot over the last week which was getting depressing.  We are finally back on the oars and making progress which is really good.  There has been a definite change in the weather and the most amazing thing is the amount of rainbows all around us, linked to nearby storms and rainfall.  Neither of us have ever seen anything like it and over the ocean they are really bright and intense.

I’ve got a couple of congratulations to pass on.¬† Firstly to Gubb well done on your new job and forthcoming trip with Nathalie - enjoy!¬† Secondly to Russ and Jess who we understand have got engaged and are planning to get married next year.¬† Really pleased for you both.

On a different not I’ve heard¬†we’ve been getting some stick¬†about¬†our choice of music so far on the boat and I would like to defend Enya and explain why¬†she fits the mood!¬† Let me draw you a mental picture: The sea anchor’s out, we’re sitting in a big storm and both me and Andy are laying naked in the cabin with waves crashing all around us (8-10 metres of swell and 40 knots of wind).¬† The last thing you want to listen to is anything too¬†aggressive, you just¬†want to chill out and escape.¬† Anyway enough of that business - you’ll be pleased to hear that with the storms gone¬†we’re listening to Black Sabbath and Metallica, a very manly collection.¬† Enya’s out and thank you all for showing¬†us the error of our ways.

Back to rowing.  Speak to you soon and keep the comments coming we are both enjoying them!

Guy

Out 

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Day 36 - Slow day at sea

Monday, May 25th, 2009

Andrew and Guy continue to sit under para anchor today as weather blows through. Unfortunately little progress towards Mauritius. Mood onboard is good however countdown to 1000nm is ticking away. Weather to improve over the next few days. Please keep your comments and importantly your questions coming. Thank you to everyone for your support.

Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.

Tom out

Day 35 - Sous Chef Delaney or Gastro-gnomes at sea

Sunday, May 24th, 2009


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Click here to donate money for the fight against the spread of male cancers and support Orchid, the boys chosen charity.

To follow our progress please go to the official Woodvale Challenge site.
Guy out