Calm before the storm
George and Nigel strapping down the liferaft
6th June 2005 12:00 BST 4526.0000N,04630.0000W,0M
"Don't ask for an easier life ask to be a stronger person" Unknown Author.
The last 24hrs have been just that "Emotional". Yesterday we recieved the most severe news one could wish not to recieve when 400 miles out into the Atlantic in a 29ft rowing boat. "A Hurricane is developing stop rowing do not progress East" Lee Bruce. For those of you who do not know Lee is our Weather Router.
Such news creates a knot in your stomach and with a release of adrenalin the pulse quickens. We were advised that we should consider a pick up by a passing ship or alternatively prepare to be capsized. The tension on the boat has been unbearable and without doubt in the darkest hours our thoughts were with loved ones. Still I know not one of us would leave "Naturally Best" without attempting to see out the storm.
We were expecting to be hit by the worst of the weather this evening and through into Tuesday morning. However that was yeasterday's prediction and we are somewhat relieved to tell you all that the eye of the storm has pushed to our East. At worst we now expect winds to reach 30knts, somewhat more comfortable than yesterday's predicted 65knts.
For the last 24hrs we have been on the Para Anchor but tonight we hope to be running South East with 30knts of assistance.