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Day 62 Para Anchor Again!

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Well we are trapped again in a north westerly getting blown south east we have the para anchor holding our position as we fight not to go east.¬† We were heading south west last night but that has all changed as we hit a weather system, so we’re stuck in this shitty situation until Tuesday/Wednesday next week and we’ve just got to sit it out……………………..very frustrating and there is no point in rowing.

Flying Ferkins is holding up well,¬† thank you Rossiters, she’s doing all she should and we are quite safe and comfortable on board at times like these.¬† We manage to keep clothes dry for the cabin as we are often getting a soaking while rowing.¬† Our spirits are still high and we are going to make it though it could be early August before we hit the Mauritian coast.

We are left with lots of time to think and my list of things to be bought out to Mauritius grows!!  Along with the Haribo the clippers are the most important item - Man Friday has nothing on me!

So as we prepare to hang on in there waiting for this system to pass we’re thinking of you all and again can’t thank everyone enough for all the support we are getting it really is awesome.¬† Thank you.

Andrew out.

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

Day 61 - Bodies in good shape

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Andrew & Guy continue to make good progress heading West. Conditions are good with strong Easterley winds and ocean depth still relatively shallow at 500m. Yesterday the boys rowed 51nm. Mood onboard is positive and Flying Ferkins hull has been cleaned. They boys continue to take a steady pace with the main focus on keeping their bodies in good shape for the long haul.

Distance made West:

Tues 46nm

Weds 40nm

Thurs 51nm

Please keep your comments & questions coming.

Tom out

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

Day 60 - Miles Make Champions

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Hi everyone,

Now that we are over the half way mark we both feel a lot happier and positive about reaching the finish post.  We have spoken with Helen Taylor from team Aud Eamus who have done amazingly well and are now just a few days away from Mauritius.  We both met Helen in Australia and being 22 years old and from Suffolk we have a lot in common.  Speaking to Helen gave us a big morale boost and she said all the right stuff on the phone.  Good luck to Helen and her team mates - we look forward to catching up again sometime soon.

The weather today is mixed and we are still¬†experiencing the tail end of the Southern ocean storm with some strong rollers coming our way, although the sun is shining.¬† I’ve been out for a swim following a long and tiring¬†stretch in the seat - can’t tell you how refreshing it is!¬† Music and films are keeping us entertained and today I’ve listened to Andy Williams and watched Lord of the Rings.

For anyone who has not seen it we were both¬†very¬†suprised to recieve¬†the following¬†comment on¬†yesterday’s blog¬†from Olympic Rowing Champion Pete Reed MBE.¬† It was very kind of Pete and we would like to thank him for taking time out of his busy training schedule.

Pete’s message reads as follows:

Guy and Andy,

As our coach Jurgen¬†Grobler always says to us: “miles make champions”¬† You’re well on your way now.¬† You guys are doing something very special - so keep up the good work.

Best wishes and lots of luck

Pete Reed MBE, Olympic Champion 2008, men’s coxless four / www.petereed.co.uk

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 59 - Half Way Point Reached ‚Äď 1,568nm and counting…..

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

It is fantastic to be able to write that Andrew & Guy have now broken the half way marker on Flying Ferkin‚Äôs. The 2nd half will be quicker than the first as the boys hopefully won‚Äôt hit so many Southern Ocean storms and the wind is now more favourable (at least that’s been the trend of the data). The boys have done a stock take on all the gear in the approach to 2nd half of the race and we’re good for at least 2 months! Bodies holding up well to date.

Distance made West:

Thursday 11th - 19
Friday 12th - 11
Saturday 13th - 47
Sunday 14th - 46
Monday 15th - 50

I know Andrew & Guy would want to thank you all personally:

Bloggers & Supporters: Every comment is well received and boys love them daily. Please, please keep them coming!

Flying Ferkins Support Crew (Jem/Tim et al): Massive ‘thank you’. Your dedication, commitment and daily support is crucial. Confidence comes from having people like you around.

Sponsors: Without you, Andrew & Guy’s dream wouldn’t be, being achieved.

Team MSS website: Thank you to John Plank and family. The way we can communicate what the boys are doing via this blog means everyone can live it with them. Also a damn good site don’t you agree?

Flying Ferkin Family: All of us riding this roller coaster deserve a pat on the back. A lot of dedication, time and effort to the cause going on day in, day out.

Finally, thanks to Woodvale for your very professional support on and off the ocean !

Tom 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 58 - Having a Whale of time!

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Hello it’s me¬† it’s now day 58 -¬† as you can see from tracker we are¬† making good progress west now finally after our week of sitting around and the ocean has definitely come alive, we saw our first whale yesterday don’t ask me what species it was but it was huge, it came up to the surface about 50m from the hatch of the stern cabin and blew it’s¬† air and water out and dived back down again which was pretty awesome.¬† The reason we are seeing¬† more life at the moment has¬† something to do with the ridge we are on, we have a 500m depth at the moment compared of the normal¬† 5000¬† which we have been on, which gives some idea of why we are having a lot of wildlife hanging around the boat at the moment.¬† We have been going well for the last four days and it is looking good for the rest of the week and hopefully we will be getting to the¬† halfway by the weekend¬† -¬† this is the plan!!

Not a lot else to report so Andrew over and 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 57 - Surfing Podcast

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Press play to start.

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 56 - The Indian Ocean

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

The Indian Ocean is the third largest Ocean on Earth. At its widest point between Southern Africa and Australia it is over 5,000 nautical miles wide. Guy and Andrew started on 19th April in Western Australia at approximately latitude 28 degress South and longitude 114 degrees East. They are heading for Mauritius which is approximately latitude 20 degress South and longitude 57 degrees East. The distance between Geraldton and Mauritius as the crow flies is 3,132 nautical miles. The distance differs however in the route that you take. If you go north from Geraldton and then straight to Mauritius, the distance will be 6% longer given the increased diameter of the earth nearer the equator.

In the Southern Indian Ocean nicknamed the “cauldron” the currents travel in a counterclockwise direction. The Southern Ocean cauldron is dominated by low pressure systems which move across the base of the planet at alarming speeds causing extremely violent weather systems. These low pressure systems interact with Westerly winds and these cause mixing and swirling in the middle latitudes where the rowing fleet are crossing. Andrew and Guy suffered from this interaction in the storm they experienced between 19 May and 22 May.

The main importance of the Indian Ocean has been as a trade route between Africa and Asia. Petroleum extracted mainly from the Persian Gulf area is also important. Relatively warm surface temperatures keep the growth of phytoplankton low, which limits ocean life. Fishing is only done at a subsistence level. 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.

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 55 - Shooting stars

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Hi guys,¬†hope everyone is ok. It’s been really beautiful today and yesterday, clear blue skies. Huge swells forming¬†around us like rolling blocks of water. I’ve never seen anything like this before! No waves given the light winds. We are getting a nice Easterley now going into the evening. Looking forward to rowing tonight. The stars lastnight were incredible I’ve never seen stars like it in my life.¬†When a shooting star falls it’s almost like you expect it to hit the planet, it’s so close so bright. Absolutely fantastic. When the moon rises it’s like a bright red ball coming up¬†this normally happens between 10pm & 11pm. It’s great to watch. Anyway better go, take care and keep those comments coming bloggers.

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 54 - Going East when we rowed West

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Sorry it’s been a while since we both blogged. It’s been a strange couple of weeks. Had some really hard & rubbish times as you can see from our tracker. Tough times when going East when we rowed West so there were a couple of things I tried to think about at this time of advertsity. Don’t know how many of you know but Sir Ranulph Fiennes recently climbed Everest and there is a quote:

“Forget about thinking you are going to succeed. You have just got to keep plodding. Imagine it’s a mountain with no top.”

This is the same as what we are doing. Whether going East or West we have got to stick in the game and keep focused on getting to Mauritius.¬†The other was when Andy was on the phone to another ocean rower Simon and he asked Andy how we were coping in these tough times and getting through it and Andy replied “helping each other”.¬† As there are two of us we can help each other and we are always thinking positive.

Quick thanks for the messages we’ve got from Will Salter and family!So pleased to have your support and Will’s company Paragon Software Systems are one of our sponsors too.Thanks for your all your support. Ron - Can’t wait for toad in the hole but as long as you don’t burn it like last time! Dione - we will try and get Flying Ferkins flying but we just need to get some good conditions! Clive and Andy - Thanks for your message.When we are in storms we try to clean the boat and make sure everything on the boat is ship shape for when we start again. All about making sure everything is fixed and ready.Also if its really bad and we are on para anchor you have to watch films, read books, listen to audio books that kind of stuff. Mainly about getting the boat ready and thinking positively about the next step. Peter S - Please keep praying for us, both for good weather and and safe arrival in Mauritius. Thanks for your message on the website and looking forward to meeting you for a beer when we get back. Cheers guys looking forward to telling you soon that we have hit the half way mark.

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 53 Going West again!

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Hello it’s me thought I’d do a blog haven’t done one for over a week - everyone is well. ¬† Thank you very much to all of you who bought me a virtual pint for my birthday it’s very kind of you - I am really looking forward to the real thing!!

It’s been really frustrating and mixed week since my birthday we have been going backwards but we are now heading in the right direction and all is looking good. We should be further west by the weekend.

Lots more action in the water with lots of fish - black with blue fins think they might be mackerel or possibly tuna.  Fly fishing off the back of the boat yesterday which was really good fun.

Apart from that we just keep chugging along and hope to catch up the week we are behind.

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.