What an exciting month it has been! Starting off with Charlie’s return to work – sadly we have lost our full time organiser but it signifies a definite step in the right direction with her recovery and soon the crutch can be ditched for good!
On the 14th of the month, we spent a romantic ‘gal-entines’ day doing our Ocean Rowing Course with Ian Couch (Atlantic Campaign’s Safety Officer). We were given a wealth of information over the course of the day ranging from the essential kit we need to the training we are expected to do to niche tips such as ‘don’t pee over the side of the boat as it will stain the wrapping.’ It certainly made us incredibly excited about the year ahead whilst also highlighting how much we have to do!
The following week was spent at Sea Sports South West in Teignmouth doing our essential RYA Courses. This included VHF Radio, Sea Survival, First Aid (which thankfully we passed) and Essential Navigation. We were so privileged to learn from Tim, Sue and Sam who have been teaching ocean rowers for many years and clearly are at the top of their game. Unfortunately our fitness training took a bit of a hit after a week of Sue’s incredible homemade cakes!
We did the course at the same time as Oardacity who certainly made it an entertaining week and we look forward to using our new-found radio skills to send them a message mid-Atlantic.
Alongside all our preparations in the UK, we were absolutely chuffed to see team Hell Oar High Water (participants in the 2019 TWAC) smash their own crossing and are delighted that their boat Percy…who we are buying from them…arrived in Antigua fully intact and is now making her way back to the UK. Can’t wait to get out on the water on her!
The remainder of the month has been spent preparing for our 24 hour row, to be held in the RD&E hospital at the start of March, not only through physical training on the erg and strength and conditioning but also through spending time in the Emergency Department – depriving ourselves of sleep and dealing with the stresses of a very pressurised working environment.
We are delighted to announce that we will be working with Duncan Roy as our coach for the race who brings with him a wealth of experience and multiple world records. We have had our initial meeting and a 2 hour indoor rowing seminar (will definitely come in handy for the 24 hour row!!) and can’t wait to get out on the water with him.
We are super excited to see what new developments March will bring. As always, please get in touch if you would like to be involved with our campaign.