11th January 2017
A brilliant update received from Justin:
At midday today we passed ‘our’ halfway point that we had of 1335 nm to go. We decided to celebrate with a swim mid Atlantic. The sea was calm and conditions perfect for a dip. Azud jumped in attached to the boat and thrashed around for 10 minutes. It was amazingly brave considering he really can’t swim. He was full of adrenalin and grinning all over when he got out. I enjoyed the chance to just dive off and feel the freedom from the boat for a bit, I swam down underneath the boat and around it. It was amazing to think how deep it is in these crystal clear waters. I reckon its a swim we’ll never forget again. The weather has now changed in our favour and there’s a nice following breeze with associated seas, so here’s hoping we can make up some lost ground of the last day or 2. its been hard to be rowing so much for such little return. In addition to this we had ANOTHER near miss last night. A huge oil tanker took avoiding action and passed across our stern at about 3am GMT. He was if anything closer than the one the other day. I was asleep but was woken by its engines as it passed so close and Azud seemed quite cool about it because the ship had flashed him as it approached and saw our lights. Can’t believe how close we’ve come twice!
Too much excitement out at sea, going to haver an afternoon nap