Apologies for the lack of blogging, we’ve been a touch busy recently making our final preparations for the row.
As I write this, the boat should be in the last day or so of its journey to La Gomera. We waved it off from that well known port of Slough about six weeks ago and I hope they’ve looked after it as it has made its way across in a container.
Getting the boat packed up took a good few days, not least due to having to stuff nearly 1.5 million calories into the storage, but we got there in the end, even though she turned out to be a little stern heavy when they came to lift her!
With the boat packed, you might think that things would calm down a bit, but that doesn’t appear to have been the case. We’ve still had loads to do in preparing our mind and bodies for the test ahead.
We’ve enlisted the help of a psychologist to help us plan calm responses to crises, as well as aiding us in finding our happy places when the sea or the journey is threatening to overwhelm us.
And despite filling every available inch of our craft, there still seems to be a remarkable amount of kit to take. Someone’s going to be paying excess baggage charges.
On Friday 30th we fly out to La Gomera, and on the 12th December (ish) the event begins. Thank you to every single one of you for helping us get to this point.
In some ways the journey is almost over – two years of planning, stress, hopes fears and sleepless nights will come to fruition over the next ten to twelve weeks.
The toughest part, however, is still to come. And no matter how much preparation we’ve done, nothing can really arm you for losing sight of shore, that first storm, the first crisis on board.
How will we fare? I have absolutely no idea. But I do know that we are well prepared, physically and mentally, for what lies ahead.
We’ll give it our best shot.
To follow us as we go across visit www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com and click on ‘race tracker’. And for all the latest news visit www.facebook.com/HeadsTogetherandRow