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Day 69 - The Story of the Ferkin

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Hi Guys,

We continue to make steady progress and are both in good spirits.  I thought I would take the chance to let people know a bit more about the Ferkin and the all important team who built her.  When we first decided to undertake this crazy challenge the Ocean Rowing Club suggested we speak to Charlie at Rossiters Yachts of Christchurch.  We made an appointment and went along to meet Charlie and the other members of the very friendly family run business.  Andy and I were amazed by what we saw and Charlie showed us other yachts built for ocean rowing.  The Ferkin is made from a Carbon Kevlar mix which has the all important qualities of being both strong and light, both critical for the high seas expected during the challenge.

So far the Ferkin has not let us down and despite some initial teething problems she is our trusted friend in which we have placed our faith.  She may even be in a good enough state to undertake another challenge, although not by us!

To find out more about Rossiters and even see some pictures of the Ferkin please visit the website:

www.rossiteryachts.co.uk

Back to the rowing then and from both of us thank you to Rossiters - you know how to build a boat.

Guy out.

As today’s blog has been about the history of Flying Ferkins I thought it might be an opportune moment to tell you where her name comes from.¬† Andrew’s Dad had a speed boat when Andrew was quite young,¬† and he called it The Flying Ferkins.¬† Andrew has given the name Flying Ferkins, with the generous support of Guy, to this amazing boat in memory of his father.

Claire 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 68 - ‘We’ve got a good thing going…..’

Friday, June 26th, 2009

We’re both chilled and mileage is picking up - looks good for the next few days and we are looking forward to the south easterlys taking us north west.

We’ve seen a few ships on the horizon recently so we know we’re not entirely alone,¬† and it’s been great to talk to Simon Prior who’s on board Desiderata.

We have received the shock news that the legend Michael Jackson is no longer……………………………all tributes and jokes to the blog please!!

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.