Blog from the Boat: Day 5
Day 5 : If Carlsberg did islands!
I woke up this morning alongside a little jetty with the fishing vessel that towed me in. The lads were heading off fishing for the day. I had a busy day ahead. I needed to come up with a departure plan from here. So myself and Rob (my support on the ground) have now done so.
I intend to row from the western side of this island group north-west off the continental shelf on Friday Morning. I plan to start rowing at around 5.30 am just before day break which will give me 12 hours of day light rowing to get out of danger and out into the open ocean. Before we made any decision regarding this I needed to be absolutely sure that the record books would credit me with my Indian Ocean row. This has been confirmed. All that remains now is to go and row it!
I have spent the day cleaning the boat so she is all shiny again after her few days at sea. With everything that had happened and because I was very sick I didn’t have much time to keep things neat. It’s amazing how much stuff you can find that needs to be done.
I have also rearranged where I have stored items as I was finding it hard to get to the things I used most frequently easily. No doubt I will continue to find better ways of doing everything over the coming months. I also found time to have a little snorkel on the reef. Some amazingly weird fish and crystal clear water. It’s literally theming
with sea creatures. I wonder what they think of a pasty white Irish Ocean rower. Although I am looking less and less white these days.
In terms of me personally I haven’t found it lonely at all. I was unsure if I would at first but not really. Of course I miss people but there is so much to get done all the time so I try not to think about it too much. My home is at sea for the next number of months and its best if I keep most of my thoughts on the job at hand. I have been building my strength up over the past few days after all the sea sickness. Lots of carbs and protein! Powerbars all the time now! YUMMY! They really have been a massive help in getting in calories every day.
Despite the fact I could have slept in a nice comfortable bed the last few nights I have resisted the temptation as I want to keep my sea legs. The thought of sea sickness again is not worth the few nights in bed so I have been staying on the boat as much as possible. So tomorrow I set off from the Abrohlos islands …next stop Mauritius!
Thanks to everyone on the ground for their continued support and especially to the guys here on the Pelsaert Group of islands who have been awesome. They are even cooking my spag bol tonight to carb up for a big day of rowing tomorrow.
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In 2011 I am aiming to become the first Irish person to row solo across the Indian Ocean. Although this challenge is vastly different from everyday life for me, I believe I have the determination and sheer single mindedness to achieve my goal of becoming the first Irish person to row across the Indian Ocean, not only that but I will also be the first Irish person to attempt it solo. My other interests include snow boarding, playing guitar (badly), drama, flying and generally keeping fit.
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