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11th February 2016
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Announcement

It’s with great sadness that I have to report that myself and Anthony were rescued 48 hours ago. We were 600 miles into our Atlantic crossing when Anthony became extremely unwell and needed urgent medical attention. Thanks to the fast response from the UK Maritime Agency, a 200 metre long bulk carrier called “Angele N” was diverted to make the evacuation. After 20 hours on board the commercial vessel, the Spanish coastguard extracted us via helicopter back to Tenerife for medical treatment. Anthony is now recovering. We want to thank the Spanish and UK maritime authorities who co-ordinated the rescue. Those people who know me will be aware that this is the second time I have been rescued at sea, and as one would imagine, I am extremely disappointed, but safety must always come first. I want to thank everyone for the continued support and I will be in touch with […]
7th February 2016
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One week down already

Hi everyone, Everything is going well out here in the Atlantic. We are averaging between 60 and 70 nautical miles per day, and even managed 81 miles yesterday! We are currently slightly ahead of target but things can change in a split second in this environment, so we can’t afford to get complacent. The wind is still behind us, usually blowing at about 10 knots, so it’s pretty rough most of the time and very overcast. We are waiting for the weather to turn as we approach warmer climes and we’re holding out for a bit of sunshine. We had a potentially interesting encounter with an oil tanker yesterday: we could see them (a huge blot on the horizon, about 4 miles away), but they did not see us, so we had to radio in and exchange a few pleasantries, to make them aware of our little rowing boat! We […]
2nd February 2016
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And we’re off…

Hi everyone, Anthony and I left Puerto de Mogán at exactly midday yesterday, Monday 1st February 2016. There were loads of people there to wave us off, the atmosphere was buzzing! You can see the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HCld9A06w4s&feature=youtu.be As we set off, the sea conditions were quite choppy and the wind was against us, but it has now turned in our favour. We are being blown along at an impressive 10 knots, despite the weather being grey and quite chilly. We have been rowing and pedalo-ing in shifts, 24/7. Luckily, neither of us have suffered from sea sickness yet and Anthony is getting into the groove, finding his sea legs. We are both looking forward to a dinner of spaghetti bolognese and chocolate pudding: my favourite meal! We had a slight challenge yesterday, in that we found an air leak in the water maker. We called Rannoch Adventures on the […]
31st January 2016
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We’re setting off tomorrow!

Hi everyone, Things have been going really well out here in Gran Canaria and I’m now pleased to report that we have a departure date and time to share with you. Anthony and myself will be leaving Puerto de Mogán at 12pm UTC this Monday 1st February. It will be a surreal day for me because exactly two years ago (on 1st February 2014), I returned home after cycling 18,000 miles around the world, a day that I will never forget. I had no idea that I would be taking a pedalo across the Atlantic two years later! Charlie and Richard from Rannoch Adventure have now left and are driving the support vehicles and rib back to the UK. Both of them have been a really big help out here getting things ready for our departure. The “Kitty Rouge” is now packed and our chart plotter (sat-nav for the ocean) […]