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Day 100 - Greg Searle MBE

Wow Andrew and Guy have been 100 days at sea! They have made some amazing progress over the last few days as can be clearly seen from the Woodvale news. Flying Ferkins managed a 449 distance from finish over the 7 days between 19th and 26th July. An average daily distance from finish of 64nm [wooohooo]. Conditions ok and boys remain in confident mood. Eating well and maintaining good sleep patterns.

Andrew witnessed a smaller whale whilst rowing yesterday. The whale circled Flying Ferkins and then headed off towards Mauritius from the bow.

Fantastic to receive the following message from Greg Searle MBE. Greg Searle is an Olympic gold medalist, winning the coxed pairs event at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

“To Guy and Andrew, Good luck with your race across the Indian Ocean. It sounds like an amazing challenge and something that will make you very proud if you can do it. I hope it goes well!” Greg Searle

Distance made West:

Monday 20th July 49nm
Tuesday 21st 50nm
Wednesday 22nd 65nm
Thursday 23rd 66nm
Friday 24th 70nm
Saturday 25th 55nm
Sunday 26th 50 nm
Monday 27th 33nm

Please keep those comments coming fellow blog friends. We have to beat our own record of 36 comments!

Tom (flying to Mauritius today) 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.

29 Responses to “Day 100 - Greg Searle MBE”

  1. Goldie Says:

    100 DAYS, wow that’s brilliant!

    Fantastic progress!!


  2. SunSeaSharks Says:

    hey guys. excellent news - less than 100 miles to go and nicely ahead. gutted that i can’t make it over after all but can’t wait to see you when you return.

    keep going and make sure you finish strong.


  3. stevechaffer Says:

    Well done guys, not long now, looking forward to the welcome home beers. Keep it up!

  4. jamesgubb Says:

    Haha, this is like watching football scores on skysportsnews… checking every few hours how much you’ve got left. Come on!!!

  5. AngieandMartin Says:

    Wow, only 91 to go - you are both awesome! Records tumbling as those oars slice through the water - superstars!!!!!!

  6. Kathryn Watts Says:

    don’t worry Matt neither am I….a few more hours of watching that blob for us! Not sure what we will do when it all finishes!!! Tom is having a little stop in Dubai right now before he gets back on a plane to get to long awaited M….all exciting/nerve wracking stuff. Hope Guy realises he won’t be having any Christmas or Birthday presents for a longtime after we have paid for this trip! Come on everyone add comments I want to beat the record of 36 comments! Kat x

  7. xtina Says:


    These mist covered mountains are old now for me
    But my home is the lowlands and always will be
    Someday you’ll return to your valleys and your farms
    And you’ll no longer burn
    to be Brother’s in Arms.

    Through these fields of destruction
    Baptisms of fire,i’ve witnessed your suffering
    as the battle reached town
    And although all happens so bad in the fear and the long
    You did not deserve me
    Brothers in Arms

    There’s so many different worlds
    So many different suns
    And we have just one more
    But we’ll live in different worlds
    Now the suns gone to heaven
    Moon riding high
    Let me bid you farewell,every man has to die
    But it’s written in the stars and
    Every line in your palm
    We’re no fools to make one of our

    Brothers in Arms

    Dire Straits

    Thank you Tom for all your Brotherly love and total commitment.
    I know you both love this track!!

    Mum xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Cuthbert Says:

    Can’t believe you are now so close, the excitement is intense - just wish they updated the progress page by the minute. Reckon you can smell the beer by now.

  9. Helen Says:

    Hi guys,
    Great stuff!! Hope the winds remain fair and progress good.
    Hope to see you soon.
    Matt and I are flying out to Mauritius on Sunday!
    Sarah is due in about Monday or Tuesday we think. have had trouble changing flights etc but we’ve at last done it!
    Keep smilin’ and rowin’ of course!!
    Helen ( Sarah’s Mum)

  10. Claire Says:

    Dire Straits - how appropriate - we are sad that Matt couldn’t get to come over to Mauritius but he is with his brother 150% in spirit I know.

    I am resisting the urge to look out to sea binoculars in hand just yet………!

  11. Claire Says:

    Rowing is a sport for dreamers. As long as you put in the work, you can own the dream. When the work stops, the dream disappears.
    Jim Dietz

  12. Ann Mann Says:

    First it was months, then weeks, then days, now it’s hours! Despite what Claire says, I would imagine everyone there has their eyes on the horizon, looking for a dot to appear! Years ago we watched a small boy swimming the length of the lake at Rye. Little did we realise that all that determination and energy would one day need a much bigger stage.
    I am quite nervous in the water, but I think now Guy, I would be very happy to go out in a rowing boat with you!!(Or Andrew of course, although we haven’t met you).
    Well done both of you!
    Love John,Ann and Boys.x

  13. juliadeburca Says:

    You are doing so amazingly, forget the bump blisters and think of the burgers!!!

  14. suefish Says:

    Nearly there now! The suspense is all consuming - so glad the “advance party” has arrived in time. Bet you boys slowed down a little to make sure the reception party has everyone there who can be.
    I don’t see why all of us back here can’t join in our own way and we have a bottle of champagne in the fridge ready to crack open as soon as we hear you’ve landed - what an amazing feat you will have achieved. C’mon boys, row, row , row……….so excited for you.
    Sue & Geoff

  15. DeeandRichard Says:

    Wow, what an amazing effort you have made to cover so many miles in the last few days - it must be the thought of all those beers!! Well done.

  16. JeremyChristey Says:

    the girls are doing well as of this am.

    They are giving the island some room as they are coming in on a lea shore and would quite like to miss those reefs.

    The line is just that, it isn’t THE finish line and they will be progressing a further 1.5 hrs to land, to gain the land to land record.

    All good on FF, boat’s good, boys are up, conditions are optimal.

    ETA 4pm-ish BST thursday.


  17. Ian Chorlton Says:

    You must be able to smell land by now. One final push and you will be there tomorrow.Worthy record holders to boot !
    We will toast your magnificent achievement at Catherine’s wedding on Saturday.
    Have a great reunion with all your loved ones, beer and burgers. As always I am in awe and total respect of what you have achieved. I look forward to hearing some of your tales when you finally get back to UK.

  18. Cris_Rossiter Says:

    Well done chaps. You must almost be able to smell land!
    We at Rossiter Yachts are very proud of your achievements and have all become avid ‘dot watchers’. You have proven to be worthy adversaries of the sea as I am sure that at times it has felt like a battle.

    Looking forward to hearing all about it then reading the book/watching the film!

    Cris out (seems to be the thing to say!)

  19. Ian Chorlton Says:

    Amazing stuff fellas,

    Can’t believe you are nearly there.

    Unfortunately, I will not be able to make it to Mauritius to see you come in, I would love to be there.

    My family and I have 100% respect for what you have done. I will ensure everyone at the wedding on saturday toasts towards your achievement.

    Enjoy Mauritius when you get there, it is a fantastic island.

    And Del, no blagging your way into any flashy hotels like you did in Sandy Lane! You might want to check how many rooms the hotel has beforehand!

    One final push boys, come on.


  20. Gail Drew Says:

    We are all incredibly proud of you in the office Guy - huddled around my desk in total awe of what you and Andrew have achieved. We always knew you would get there and we are so glad to have been able to be part of the dream if only on the sidelines, watching and waiting in anticipation!!

    We will be having our own celebrations tomorrow with a bottle of sparkly to raise a toast to you

    Have a fantastic reunion with your loved ones guys

    Gail, Denise, Sarah, Karen, Glenn, David, Rob, Ryan xxx

  21. Emma Robbo Says:

    It is getting too exciting to watch! WAAAHOOOOOOOO!

    Keep up the fantastic rowing chaps. The crowds are going wild :o)

    Em xx

  22. Frances Says:

    Have just looked at your position on the map - last time you were in the middle of nowhere - now you are so close. Unbelievable! Keep rowing. I agree with Emma - this is too exciting.

  23. russ Says:

    Boys, I echo everything said before - this is just too exciting!

    I’m writing this from a Red Funnel Ferry as I make my way back from Cowes to Southampton (who said my job was glamorous?) and watching the mainland grow in front of me, I can’t imagine the sense of euphoria when you finally see the faint line of Mauritius appear on the horizon after 101 (or will it be 102?) days at sea.

    It really won’t be long now - such an impressive achievement, Jess and I will definitely toast your success and WORLD RECORDS!!

    Assuming you land tomorrow, when do you expect to fly back to the UK??

    Eyes on the prize fellas…


  24. jenny Says:

    Just logged on to see that you have passed 100 days at sea and only have 57 miles to go. This is fantastic news and wonderful that the family are in Mauritius to meet you. You must be feeling very excited and proud of yourselves and tired!!

    We wish you all the very best for the last bit. Love from us all.

    Jenny, Peter, Nicky, Jonathan, Alex, Chris & Ali xx

  25. chrisandsamthew Says:

    Beautiful progress lads, just beautiful…….Guy, Del no more words to say really, just AWESOME! Cannot wait to raise our glasses to you. Thewy

  26. Roxanne Says:

    Just left a message on the Woodvale site too. I am in Oxford tomorrow , with Auntie Margaret Stanton. I cannot imagine that she will have a computer where she lives (she is 91 & still as bright as a button) but I shall certainly ask if anyone has one in the building as I do not expect to be home before 6pm & reckon you will be on dry land by then!!! Just seen the message from the Captains Club Hotel also on the Woodvale site, & I may have to go along to celebrate with them on Saturday!! So wish I could be in Mauritius ,but know you will be serenaded well & look forward to seeing you on your return. Big hugs to you both Rox xxx

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