Sunday, 4 May 2008

Update 10:25am Sunday

Steve from the support boat phoned in...

They are currently off the coast of Dieppe - presently rowing at 4-5 knots, but rowing against a 2knot tide.. so the team are finding it hard going. Overnight one or two have been fighting some sea sickness
(Ed: heck I feel seasick just imagining it!)
The rowers doing well - the porpoises/dolphins were a welcome addition to morale overnight. Le Havre is about 43 miles away - fatigue is now setting in as the team have been rowing on and off for 23 hours. Support crew doing a great job of keeping spirits up

So for those of you reading your sunday paper... spare a thought for these guys and the hard working support crew... before you reach for you mug of coffee :-)
The sea is calm, the tide is due to turn around 11:30 - that will then push the team onward riding with the tide. Estimated time of arrival at Le Havre is between 6 and 8 pm tonight.

The best news - opposition is around 4 nautical miles behind the Belle.


Whilst I was on the phone to Steve I made a comment about the chatter coming from the the support boat.. "Thats not us ..thats the guys on the Belle!!!" - so it sounded to me that the team were in fine sprits..and doing really well. Good spirits and once again in the lead.

More details as I get them today.

Armchair Steve

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