Blog from Jamie 14/12/13

Ocean rowing is the hardest thing i believe i will ever endure. 11 days in and i simply cannot get my head around the fact that i’ll have to continue getting up every single 2 hours for 2 hours rowing. it’s so bloody tough. what i had paid little thought to was how scary rowing with following waves that are 3 storeys high and moving at 25knt winds. it’s so terrifying that after my 2 hrs i have considered telling luke to continue sleeping because im getting the hang of it and i do actually have far better eye sight.
last night we almost capsized. i was trying to sleep when this immense roar came and threw me onto the side of the cabin wall. i immediately had an image of luke being swept well over into the cold dark grey sea. just that afternoon we’d seen a shark! not good for the imagination. lukes bum is causing him problems but we are dealing with various options. i’ve just watched him get up on his shift and take a no2! i wouldn’t dare get up half way through and do the same. Harrow vs Eton clearly. during last nights furious weather a wave took a few items with it including 2 poo buckets leaving us with just 1 for the remainder. during a 2 to 4am shift a few nights ago i kept myself occupied creating the ideal ocean rowing boat. i designed it down to the T and will have it designed on return. it’s unfortunately nothing like the one we’re in. in all seriousness though, this is horrible. during darkness hours i no longer can tell when im awake or dreaming. i only have to think of my family to get choked up. i miss them so much (there goes a tear). To those friends who wrote me letters. i have opened randomly dave’s, chaz, cousin jack, muddy’s, mums, dads and ali’s. thank you so much as they have all taken my mind away from the torture that it’s enduring. this sport will never become mainstream but i do try and remain positive and remember that i am privileged to be here. to those who send msgs of support to us via the fb page, they really help us push through hard times (which is all the time). j xx sorry about the SPAG

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    sophie

    6 months ago

    Jamie and luke, we were just out in our little boat on a calm day fetching in some buoys for the winter in minus 3 and thinking of how brave you are and what an amazing thing you are doing. You have rowed so far today, well done! We tried sending you some positive thoughts flowing out of the Baltic Sea to the north sea and down to where you are. hope you will receive them soon! so proud! Sophie and Ben

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    Sue Alex em will and ed

    6 months ago

    Dear luke and Jamie, it all sounds terrifying and we are so incredibly impressed by you. We think of you every day and love following the blog and charts. Not sure what is good for you to hear from us but we are having a big birch get together here in Norland square next Friday and will be sure to toast you both!!!s,a,e,w and e!!!! X

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    libby

    6 months ago

    You have done so well and had such a horrid start things must get easier for you, thoughts, prayers and love go to you

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    Nimble and Morven

    6 months ago

    We are following you all the way and so proud of what you are doing
    Keep it up there will be some good times coming
    Love Nimble and Morven

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    Billy Clark

    6 months ago

    Boys you are beyond incredible!! The Clarks are right behind you every inch of the way and following every inch of your journey with avid admiration. WIth our love and best wishes for a speedy and successful trip x

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    Kate Edwards

    6 months ago

    Have just read your latest post and want to send you masses of congratulations for grinding on through. It sounds simply horrendous . I admire you both hugely. Pity the poo bucket bit the dust. We are all thinking about you often and chat about how bloody gritty you both are. If this doesn’t look good on you cv what the hell will. Go safe guys. Lots of love Kate

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    Judi and Mark

    6 months ago

    Jamie, the following quote I hope will help to remind you of why you are putting yourselves through such a horrendous ordeal!
    Thinking of you and Luke all the time. All our love and a big hug 🙂 xx

    “Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.”
    – Norman Vincent Peale

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    Emily Snowden

    6 months ago

    You boys are incredible – we are ALL routing for you and can’t wait to hear that you have crossed the finish line. Stay safe and remember you are in all of our thoughts… The Doddington Gang

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