I spoke to Savoir Faire skipper Jason McKinlay at 09:30 this morning as his rowing partner, Josh Tarr, was on the oars making slow progress against both tide and light winds.
“We had a good four-hour row overnight, each rowing for the full two-hour stint planned. However after my stint the southerly gusts picked up again and forced us to anchor”.
During their rest time yesterday they cleaned the boat (cabin space) thoroughly and checked food supplies for the remainder of the journey, having plenty for the 4,000 calories a day they need for their remaining time on the oars.
They even caught some 3G signal recently and listened to commentary on the Murray/Verdasco match at Wimbledon.
Media savvy Jason then reflected: “Hope Kate has her baby early, Murray wins at Wimbledon, then with the Lions tour finished, we might get on Jonathan Ross.”
The sentence was finished with his impish giggle, showing a man totally and wholeheartedly in control of his destiny.
Jason revealed how he dealt with the long enforced periods at anchor, “thinking about the family a lot, can’t wait to see them at the finish and HMS PRESIDENT”
He added on the dynamic with rowing partner Josh: “We talk a lot, it’s good, we focus on not getting frustrated at being buffeted left and right 24/7 – it’s just continuous, but it’s mind over matter and neither of us will let it get to us.
“We’ve had to make plenty of decisions whilst on the challenge, many were not always easy to make, like going to anchor for 18 hours and more, or turning back to Arbroath to recover ground already completed. BUT we are happy they have all been correct – makes me feel good, and safe”