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March 03-10 11-31  April 01-30  May 01- June 30

Read Simonís twice-weekly diary on http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/oceanrow03/news/


News from the route

March 10
11.30 Another frustrating day, the wind is in the West, trying to blow me back to the coast. The para anchor is deployed so that I can hold position. Iíve done a lot of maintenance work on the boat.

Iíve had a shave and a shower (thrown a bucket of water over myself) and I feel very good and strong after my dayís rest. I think any day now the wind will change and I will get the big push Iíve been waiting for. Iíve had a new friend swimming round the boat itís the biggest turtle Iíve ever seen he must be half the size of the boat. What with the dolphins and flying fish itís quite a sight!

UP

March 9
Another day when I seem to be going nowhere. The wind has changed 360į in the last 12 hours. It seems as if Iím never going to move forward. I tried to track South in the hope of moving forward, but the wind has changed again.

It's now blowing North-West, so Iím going to deploy the Para anchor and rest up for a few hours.

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March 8
Rowed all day with no help from the wind. I think Iíve made up the miles I lost yesterday. The sun was cruel today - mid 40įC on deck. The sun block is not working and the sunburn is quite painful Ėand I now have blisters on my legs.

I donít feel hungry but Iím forcing down 2 meals a day plus plenty of fluids.

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March 7
Day 8. ďAfter a good day yesterday I seem to be going backwards today. The wind is South Westerly direction and the sea very rough. I'm not worried too much as the cyclone is still ahead of me. Tonight I will deploy the Para and Drogue anchors and hope I can ride out the storm when it goes past tomorrowĒ.

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March 6
Day 7.Ē Not much to report today. The wind was blowing from the East so I took advantage of the opportunity and rowed for 16 hours, my best daily mileage so far. The weatherman has just informed me that there's a cyclone ahead of me so I'm making sure that everything on the boat is secure in case it comes my way or I catch the tail end or part of itĒ.

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March 5
Day 6. 08.30 - Simon, after waking up to a hullie: The sea was like the Irish Sea on Steroids. I had a much better day -with the help of the weather and the wind I think I've covered 28-30 miles today. I've seen no wildlife apart from flying fish. I'm going to bed down now with the Para anchor deployed.

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March 4
Day 5.Simon has made 20 miles today, very hard going in rough seas.
Heís put the para1 anchor to rest for the night.
The water maker is working well and tastes great, heís had a chance to fill all his empty containers; today he has had 3 big meals for the first time.
No sea sickness but has been sun burnt.
He said, ď I donít think you packed enough tea Dad; maybe you can speak to the RAF and arrange a drop of tea bags before I get to Reunion IslandĒ.

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March 3
Day 4. Simon reported that he can only row between 7 & 3pm which is the hottest time of day.
He only managed 10 miles in heavy seaís which were breaking over the boat.
Heís going to use the small drogue anchor and try to run north tomorrow, despite his sun burn he is very upbeat and positive and has no problems with the boat.

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Read Simonís twice-weekly diary on http://www.bbc.co.uk/devon/oceanrow03/news/


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