New Year’s Eve – from Luke

morale has been high since the boat was scrubbed properly and we near the halfway point in terms of distance. Hopefully the second half will be slightly shorter in terms of days due to the slow start,

Now ill just ramble for a bit.
Talking to myself has reached a new peak. I really enjoying getting to know myself better! and for the past few nights I have been convinced that i am somehow rowing the boat through evergreen trees on either side going down hills in a sort of alpine snowy setting. What is that about?! it has been so dark and overcast at points in the nights that i think the mind starts making stuff up on its own accord.

On my final night shift from 5-7 i have not been able to shut my brain up. its very bizarre, ill narrate nonsense to myself in the same style as the audiobook i have been listening to, for example. ‘marco spiro stiffened his back suddenly from his hunched stupour , as mr luddledoorfs attention also turned to the window. his eyes narrowed and he thrust a crooked finger at the incumbent with a sense of clairvoyance that would only have deceived the…..’
it got so annoying i had to listen to music last night!


The sleeping arrangement thing is entirely surreal. I have been having dreams about being on a rowing boat ( a couple of nasty disastrous ones) which I never once had on land, and sometimes I cant tell if i’m awake or asleep whilst rowing.
I dont really feel that we are that far away from land as we actually are. I imagine that we are simply on a huge conveyer belt made of water, at night it really does feel like the boat is stationary and the sea is just moving beneath you, the moon gives the water a metallic appearance
we have had a really close encounter with a huge Container ship which appeared out of nowhere to our port side and was less than 100 meters from us when it hurtled past. The pilot must have seen us on the AIS radar and diverted his course. those boats travel frighteningly fast, smashing though all the swell while we are bobbing around all over the shop. How did it get so close to us in such a huge ocean?, there were a few seconds of panic when we first saw it as it looked to be about to mow us down.

Clouds can give way to the most breath-taking dawns however. Dawn is my favourite time of the day and out here they can be nothing short of spectacular. the way the colours and lights smashes through the clouds into deep crimson from purples, pinks yellow fill me with awe every time I see it, especially when the moon and stars are still lingering in the sky. I imaging all the people at sea or on the coast, perhaps fishing in the early hours who are pausing like me to take it in,
Its a very interesting experience to watch the sun set and dawn rise every day, It always is something to look forward too. Each day brings new possibilities to everybody, and the dawn seems to always remind me of this. for me these possibilities are slightly truncated; will it be porridge or oats for breakfast… how interesting.

the routine has become natural, and much easier. however i still say ‘oh hell no’ to myself when the 5 minute call comes, especially at night. then the first few minutes are extremely uncomfortable on the hands as the swollen joints are squeezed up against the oars. I have to crack my knuckles routinely to get the pressure and stiff ness out of them.

I have acquired a new best friend out here, steve the sea kestrel. he or she is a small brown bird; i’m not actually sure if it is a sea kestrel.. I dont know where he goes during the day, or what his purpose is out here whatsoever, but he gives me joy every dusk and dawn when he comes and circles the boat. Maybe he is headed to Antigua as well in search of the good times.

we are almost half way now at time has been flying. we are trying really hard to keep the speed up for you guys! thank you so so much for the letters and messages, the best parts of my days are reading them, and reminding myself there are in fact more than 2 people left on the planet!
lukas B xxx

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    rodney pattinson

    6 months ago

    well done heard you on the radio today cold stormy weather in ew years eveLondon n early therehave you seen any flying fish keep rowing rod

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    katherine meyer

    6 months ago

    Guys HAPPY NEW YEAR! May you continue rowing as fast in the next year as you are at the end of this one, I still have Obelix style images in my mind when I see how fast you are going!! I think the snowy alpine scene must be that you are missing your Auntie in the Alps!?! We are certainly missing you ! xx

    May all your New Year’s wishes come true…night rowing must be a great space for thinking up those resolutions!!

    Flora says you are AWSOME so do I and Hope is asking when you will be back?…I bet you want to know the answer to that! Focus on that amazing arrival party in Antigua…it will be there sooner than you think XXXX K L J F and H

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    melanie

    6 months ago

    Luke and Jamie, you are doing brilliantly. Thank you for writing the blogs, we love reading them and Danny really liked the bit about Steve the Sea Kestrel today. Keep rowing! much love Mel, James, Rose, Lulu, Dan xxxx

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    John and Rosie Burke

    6 months ago

    We are much impressed and particularly enjoyed your blog today. Very well done and happy new year. We are following your progress with great interest and amazement. No mention of bottoms today so hope that’s a good sign! Lincolnshire is following you. John and Rosie Burke

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    The boyd-Taylor's

    6 months ago

    Happy new year from a rainy Amsterdam! All so proud of you two and how you have kept going and the incredible speed you have been making. Delighted you are how half way and the sunshine of Antigua beckons. Keep it up! Charlie Isabel Brock poppy and Archie

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    Imogen Makepeace

    6 months ago

    We met someone at a party last night who knew of you two boys, (mother of one of your many friends!) So we’ve been looking at the website and you-tube vids. I’m amazed to think of you out there in your tiny but well organised rowing boat, while here people go to parties, go shopping, have ordinary lives. I hope that knowing you have touched the imagination of a complete stranger will give you a little warmth on a chilly night. Row hard boys, Antigua is a beautiful island!

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    izi

    6 months ago

    that might be the most magical thing i have ever read x

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    Dami

    6 months ago

    Well done Buddy. Keep Pushing! You guys got this!

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    Ant

    6 months ago

    Happy New Year and after that, safe sailing! Brilliant progress, keep it up!

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    Ginny Willis

    6 months ago

    Hoping your sores are less sore and that you are soaring along the long wet and windy ocean. I will make sure you get mentioned in the first week’s edition of The Harrovian this term.

    Keep your spirits up – you have done us proud.

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    Bruce

    6 months ago

    Fantastic work guys- even though the muscles are sore and the grub is dull, just remember that you have inspired many strangers to undertake their own adventures and brought lots of joy to other people with your achievements.
    Godspeed and hang in there

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    bill amberg

    6 months ago

    Dawn here too and all back to work in the day job
    Congratulations on travels in wonderland keep it up and stay strong
    We are all thinking of you both
    Bill

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    Rose and Henry

    6 months ago

    Amazing job and inspiring reading. You have risen to hero status with only the mention of your name means moaning is out and mealtimes easier. What a frightening conveyor belt – I’d prefer Bruce Forsythe’s. big love from Rose, Henry, S,A, L and B x

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    The Edwards

    6 months ago

    Hi Luke, we all just want to say a big thank you for giving us all so much to talk about and be excited about! We are all following your progress and can’t believe how well you are doing. Do you realise how famous you both are?! We bask in your reflected glory and we are all SO proud of you. Keep up the positive attitude and hope it helps to know how much we are all gunning for you. All our love, Rupert, Livvy, Josh, Millie and Eliza xxxxx

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