All coming together

It’s been a little while since a post – but this is only because we’ve been so busy. There may be another rowing partner in the mix, and there have been significant moves on all fronts.

First off – thanks to Easirider in Northampton – Charles and his team hand make bespoke sheepskin products and have sewn up a number of seat covers for us to trial over the next few months before we make a final choice, initial results? Very comfortable indeed.

We’ve been a blighted by the weather recently – and two trips to Rutland have had to be put off due to high winds. Before anyone has a quip, its not on the water that I’m concerned about but getting there and back with the boat on a trailer. I’m hoping that we can get out before the last week in May, but with the ball next week, followed by my RYA First Aid the week after the weekends are getting fuller all he time. If its not possible then we’ll have to head into our first Sea Trial in the last weekend in May without an in land trip to Rutland to trial the auto helm assembly.

Great news on the Sponsorship front – we’ve got a fantastic sponsor but are just waiting to get the authorisation to make the announcement – and there three or four more in the mix – things are really moving and this entire enterprise feels very real now.

A great day today, doing that I do best, finished sanding and painting the the coating repair that’s been an ongoing project for a little while now, and painted the rowing rails, I decided to do these red so they can be easily picked out and avoided on a pitching deck.

Then onto the para anchor, out, checked and re-stowed. Jetboil burners tested with the outcome that one needs to be replaced. Never mind at least its better than two being duff and finally – the recharging system for the sat phones all checked and verified – another tick in the box.

I’m a lot better at this than fundraising sadly – if only it was a case of getting things ready and just pushing off!!!

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Time to get a few things out in the open, I’m struggling. There you have it. Juggling too many things and all of them are a top priority and really important. Training, boat and equipment preparation, websites, media, press, and money. And while the first bunch are within my effort levels (even if it does mean getting up at 05:00 to get a rowing machine session in) its the last which I’m struggling with.

After reaching out to over 100 businesses  – most local, some regional and a few National there have been no concrete offers of Sponsorship. I’m starting to wonder whether this epic venture will actually fly…. well float.

With a massive personal investment and a huge passion for making this happen  – I have to admit I cant do it alone.

This lack of traction and support does make me wonder and does make me very introspective. What is it about the project that people aren’t prepared to support or engage with? Is it a reflection on me? Or of my passion? Why do people I thought were friends ignore or overlook… Or is it just not big enough to pierce peoples personal bubbles?

At the moment I’m waking up at least three times through the night fretting and worrying about whether I’ll make it, whether everything will become unblocked and we’ll get to La Gomera for the start,  or even whether ‘people’ believe me to be serious or committed or capable.

In the words of the gone but by no means forgotten songsmith George Michael ‘Cause I gotta have faith….’

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Attention seeking….

What a couple of weeks this has been  – with exposure on the BBC Website and on the University of Northampton website.  and then there was the EM RFCA Website

And also another BBC Radio Interview (From approx 20 mins) 

And then a piece in the local paper – which has led to sponsor coming on board….. more new s to follow.

while Ive been busy on the boat (fitting rudder stops, repairing autohelm mounting position and rebuilding the keelboard bottom edge. Its ALL picking up, and attention is needed on sponsorship, media, our exhibitions, training and training courses as well as planning our next trip to Rutland Water, and getting our first weekend on open water in the diary.

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Picking this up again….

After an extremely busy few months – Ive finally caught up with myself and I’m making a commitment to try and regularly complete a blog post – this is an incredible rollercoaster I find myself on, and with a huge amount to do and very little time its easy for these small but important tasks to fall by the wayside.

Theres suddenly been an explosion of interest  – the press, the radio, the university, all getting involved. I recently had a VO2 Max and Lactate Acid threshold test carried out, a great experience. But on indicator that theres a long way to go.

This years race is underway and I’ve become totally obsessed with dot watching – this is the opportunity to learn a huge amount about what to do – and what not to do.

We had a couple of trips out on Rutland Water – I’ll complete a separate update about that.

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A Day Missed

My normal Sunday morning training session was missed this week, as I was doing some conservation work. I was looking forward to doing something different but a morning removing 1000m of old fencing and the associated posts was no substitute for time out on the water….

Theres always next week….

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Weigh In!!!

I have lost almost 2 KG since my last weigh in 2 weeks ago – WOW. I’m not going to say what it was, or what it is 😉 But this is great progress.

Trying to get fit and fast  – 🙂

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A wee Dram

I enjoyed a couple of drinks last night – it wouldn’t have been complete without one of these. Spent an hour mulling over the plan. Spent this morning trying and failing to fit the Tow Bar to the Land Rover, so gave in graciously and will call a pro in to get it done. so now its an opportunity to have another tonight to commiserate my failure. No hardship.

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In the Media

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Our July exposure in We Mean Business – the first of many I hope

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A long day on Saturday travelling down to Rannoch Adventure in order to check over our proposed boat, after investing in a survey and the time etc it has turned out that the Team won’t be buying, at least not yet  – this is a serious disappointment, but the boat is the most important item to get right. Some lessons learnt, but time to move on…

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It’s about time that I had a blog, tracking the in’s out’s and up and downs of this amazing journey.

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