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News from the route

April 28

The last few days have been pretty horrendous, 5-7m swell and we have been confined to our cabin which is cramped and hot
but the safest place to be. Transventure has proven herself in rough seas and we are feeling fine, no sunburn or seasickness
so when the weather turns we will be ready.

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April 25

The last 2 days have been pretty steady, although the weather last night was nasty and required us to put the anchor out. 
We are doing 2 hours on and 2 hrs off and have been doing that for the last 24hrs so are feeling quite tired but our bodies
will soon get used to that. The wind is trying to push us north but we are trying to keep down as much as possible which
means we ar not covering as much distance but it keeps us on the route we want to be on for when the wind changes. All in
all things are good and we are steadily progressing.

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April 22

It is proving quite hard to get over the continental shelf and across the current but we will hopefully manage in the next 24hrs. We are expecting some bad weather on Thursday/Friday so we want to be clear by then. It remains very hot. We saw a shark around the boat today, the first of many no doubt, Rob thinks it was a Brown Whaler, about 7 foot long. 

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April 21

Rob and Mike had a very good first night and day but last night a small, unpredicted front came in and caused them to make use of their para-anchor for the first time - the 4 days of good weather, as predicted by Lee and Rick Friswell here in Carnarvon, has produced a few surprises already! Such is the nature of the Indian Ocean beast it seems.

By morning nothing had really changed but by 1000hrs the wind dropped as did the swell and we were able to get on again. Again it was really hot on deck but we managed to make some headway, we are currently heading NW to try and counter the current. We have seen some wildlife , birds jellyfish etc but nothing large yet! Today will go down as an average day but morale is high and we are very focussed.

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April 20

We started the row close to midnight on the 19th of April mainly to take advantage of the good conditions and the tide. The first night was short and it was good to get used to rowing at night. In daylight we made really good progress and by 1500hrs we had done 35NM, however at 1800hrs all changed. An unpredicted front came in and the swell increased to such an extent that we had no alternative but to throw out the para-anchor. It was a pretty unpleasant night but gave us confidence in the boat as she held her position reasonably well.

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Night before departure

All the preparation is now over and we are ready to go. It is hard to believe that after the initial idea, discussed by Mike and myself a year ago of completing this row the journey is now upon us. When I think of all we have gone through to get here it is clear to me that none of it would have been possible if so many things didnít happen. Mike and I have remained focussed throughout the last year and it is a testament to our friendship and mutual respect for each other that we have got to this stage. Of course there are so many more things I could talk about but a few are worth special mention. The welcome in Carnarvon and the help and support of Lexie and her staff at the Hospitality Inn and Rick Friswell from the Bureau of Meteorology was incredible and of course Rick will be helping us with weather throughout the trip. Bill Black for his commitment and professionalism, without him we would be in no where near as good a shape as we are, Betfair for having faith in us and helping us make this possible and finally the incredible support we have had from our families and of course Scipio. Both Mike and I have given up a lot to get this expedition off the ground and we have had to keep focussed this mental strength has been as important as the physical strength required for the trip and throughout the mental strength of our families has been hugely important, yes they worry but they also understand why we are doing this and support us 100%.

So we are ready and the, so important, weather window has presented itself so we are off tomorrow night, we are spending the last few hours here in Carnarvon relaxing and doing some final preparation and then we depart for the start point tomorrow at lunchtime with a start time around midnight tomorrow night. We are excited, maybe a little apprehensive but above all bursting with energy and ready to get on with it.

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