Departure London Heathrow
20th May 2005
Welcome to St John's the City where the rain never stops! Having arrived yesterday we are pleased to confirm that the forecasted conditions have been pretty accurate. The only slight error would be that the weather forecasters symbol for rain does not illustrate it being horizontal.
Today has been seen much progress we have cleared Naturally Best through customs quicker and with less attention than certain members of the team cleared customs at the airport yesterday and with the enthusiasm and efficiency of P F Collins Naturally Best now sits peacefully on the water at Prossers Basin. She is fully loaded with food and equipment leaving us just the fine tuning and checking of essential kit to be done before we depart.
St John's has a long association and tradition with the sea and everyone here can tell a yarn that will sound very familiar to that of the film Perfect Storm. To look out of the harbour entrance today reminds us all of the brutal conditions that await. The Grand Banks Fog lays in wake ready envelope our boat for days on end and the easterly wind brings a cold presence to the very wet conditions.
This for us is history in the making these are the memories that live with you forever these are moments in time.
"One life live it"
18th May 2005
Seeing as we fly to Canada tomorrow I thought I would check the weather forecast, sought of wish I had'nt hindsight is great. We won't be needing shorts and flip flops more likely our Sealskin
Are you sitting Comfortably?
17th May 2005
As final packing, or should that be panicking? Goes on, I came across these items buried underneath the pile of kit that currently occupies the spare room. Sorry Mum.
1 x Gel Pad Seat and 1
Later dispatches -
14th May 2005
As a crew we don't remember a great deal about lessons at school, but then it was not within the curriculum to follow a team of guys who were rowing across the Atlantic. It was great to see though