Blog from Luke, Sunday 15th Dec

Im going to divide this blog into 2 parts- positive first

im really enjoying blasting music all the time and listening to some good audiobooks etc. it really gives you the chance to think about stuff.
my meditation app is going great for me, i feel relaxed more of the time than the other way around,
And I have been thinking about my friends and family, and how special they all are to me and how lucky I am to know such wonderful funny and kind people. Ill be on the oars and scream to myself ‘chuddleyyyy’ or other stupid names I have for people. I often start laughing when im rowing as i recount funny and good times shared with friends. its only when you are truly away from them and facebook that you really appreciate i have found. My family I miss the most, I have spoken to my parents once each and have been thinking a lot about how lucky I am to have their unconditional love and support.

Im enjoying having a true opponent that is far superior, and able to teach a thing or two. Living with rossford, skirvorano, chuddley and jalfreyney i was lulled into a false sense of security perhaps about my physical strength. I would often dream apocalypse/ zombie scenarios and chuckle to myself as I envisioned myself fending them all off with a stick whilst guarding the last few continental charcuterie selections in the fridge as they desperately tried to overcome my brute force. I was the big fish in the small pond. Out here the polar opposite is true. Im not even that big or strong, but for some reason i always had it in my head that when a big wave came over i would just be able to hang on or curl into a ball and somehow overcome the power of the sea. But this was another dream; the reality of the sheer weight, speed and also the randomness of the sea is tremendous, especially at night when it takes you by surprise. It really gets the adrenalin pumping. There is a fine line between having a really good time going down a wave at 10 knts, and then feeling the boat start to turn to side on and thinking ‘oh shit’. We came close to going over when a rogue wave hit us from side on, luckily we only lost a bucket and a pee bottle, but this has been a wake up call for us and we have sharpened up. You have to concentrate the whole time out here, even when exhausted its so important to be disciplined, and safety is the most important of them all. I hope, (and i’m sure my parents will too) to be able to stick with some of these things I am learning.

yesterday morning i ways going ham on the oars listening to some drum and bass to keep me awake, and in the rough grey waters i saw a fin and a tail coming towards the boat- a shark. the combination of the music and scene was pretty cool, and something that I doubt many could say they have done. ‘sharks n bass’. sharky got to about 2/3 meters behind the boat and then swam away. he must have been 8ft.

negative
we have been rowing really fast like tigers for the last 2 days, but it has left my bum in a miserable state. the salt sores are such a huge pain, and we didnt bring the right seats sadly, i keep having to adjust my seat which disrupts when i try and row.
Our waterproofs actually are not water proof
Our cabin has got really wet and we have been eating food in here too which obviously spills given the rocking about. I’m convinced people said they didnt eat in the cabin, jamie is convinced they did, anyway, if you imagine a turkish kebab shop kitchen that has been turned into a steam room you get a pretty good idea of the texture of the air.

and the food really really really really sucks. the main meals all taste the same and i would kill for a cheeseburger or just a big tomato weirdly enough.

thanks so much for the continuing support.
sending out a huge hug.
luke

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    Georgia Kanner

    6 months ago

    Lukey, thinking of you lots and sending you a big hug and kiss. Keep thinking good thoughts, you have so many people wishing you all the luck in the world!! Proud of ya!!!! xxxx Kans

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    izi

    6 months ago

    beautiful beautiful beautiful

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    sophie

    6 months ago

    You are BRILLIANT, just be safe, pamper your behind and keep that ipod dry.

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    Ed

    6 months ago

    inspiring stuff lukeman still coming with the bants in the middle of the ocean
    power to you my brother

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    Ted Atterton

    6 months ago

    Luke, you write beautifully. You are as brave as you are funny – what a combination for the life ahead of you. Your parents must be so proud and, I imagine, tired because I doubt they are sleeping much better than you. I am using you trip to teach my 3 youngish children some geography (not a strong point here in the US). Every morning they ask, “where are they?” and we try to gauge your progress. God speed you home.

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    Nimble and Morven

    6 months ago

    Hi boys,

    It’s Siona, here…thinking of you both and how devastatingly brave and tremendous you both are!

    Utterly heroic and mad of course, like only the best of men.

    Can’t wait to see you both on your return xxxx

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    philippa feather

    6 months ago

    sharks and bass. Love it. Saw Caroline and Rod today for Christmas Drinks, we are humbled by your huge effort in this great adventure. Well done to you both on your long journey

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    Justin

    6 months ago

    Hello Boys Really proud. Great watching your progress. You are gaining so keep going. The snows not that good in Courcheval so not missing much here. The girls give you Abigail hug. Justin

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    Georgie

    6 months ago

    Wow!! I love reading your blogs.
    My brother Fergus was 31 yesterday and he is rowing in another boat not far from you!!
    The Atlantic Polo Team.
    I’m sure you shared a beer or many together in the weeks before you all set off.
    Following everyone’s moves intently and praying for everyone’s safe arrival.
    Respect!

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    Andrew Barakat

    6 months ago

    Massive props and respect boys. Best of luck and stay strong.

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    Rory

    6 months ago

    Superstars, both of you !! The blogs are great.
    The state of your bum,Luke, is a regular topic around our dinner table.
    We are all really proud just knowing you !!

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    bill amberg

    6 months ago

    Well done both of you
    Sorry to hear of seat problems I should have got onto that earlier on in the set up
    Be strong in the kebab shop And wait for the dancing sharks
    Bill

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    melanie

    6 months ago

    Lukey, we love you. You are an inspiration and a role model to all your younger cousins and many others. Keep going. Melanie, James, Rose, Lulu and Dan xxxx

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    MARCIN

    6 months ago

    Hahaha, me and Iona had this conversation about you last night! You and your challenges are massively inspirational. Thanks, simply.

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    David Jarman

    6 months ago

    Well done Luke & Jamie. You are doing great and we are monitoring your progress with interest. Can’t imagine what it’s like but keep going!!

    Well done from all at Buzzacott!

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    Emily James

    6 months ago

    Unbelievable – I am in awe of you two. Bon courage and try to look after your bottoms. Heave, Ho ! xxxx

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    Marina W

    6 months ago

    You are an inspiration Lukey! What you are doing makes everything here feel very insignificant. All thinking about your journey non-stop and following your blog every day. Still making us giggle from the middle of the Atlantic! Keep going boys you are heroes xxx

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    tommy b

    6 months ago

    Dont even know you guys but great effort. Will contribute to your money pitt. Hope that big tomatoe gets to u soon.

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