18/07/10 08:00

It seems our exciting adventure is over with another call to the Humber emergency services! This time we come under the auspice of the RNLI as we are officially in the North Sea rather than our earlier rescue by the Humber Rescue!

We were going so well….the estuary was behind us and, although sea conditions were choppy, we were back into the cycle of shifts!We’d been having problems steering Oyster Shack as the tide was too strong for rhe foot pedal steering! The front cabin crew had to take it in turns to hang out the front hatch and manually direct the rudder. As we began to contemplate the long night shifts we could easily feel the swirling, changing wind direction and the impact this, along with the changing tide, was having on our progress. Speed had dropped from 6 knots to under 1 knot when we changed shifts at 6pm.

The ‘A’ team were back in rowing positions, as they had been for the 1st rescue! Forward progress was now impossible – speed had increased but we were now in 2nd reverse gear and the speed was backwards!! The Humber was sucking us back into it’s hazardous waters and the wind was now helping it by blowing us in that direction too! On this occasion there was no rescue services CCTV monitoring our position and it became apparent to us that we were soon to be ferry fodder as we drifted into the busy shipping lanes servicing the many ports.

The Humber RNLI based at Spurn Head is the only full time crew in the UK – indicating the severity of the sea in this area. The advice was simple – although we were keen to continue they needed to tow us before we disappeared under the hull of a tanker or ferry! ‘The Pride of the Humber’ manned by it’s 6 crew took us alongside and we clambered aboard to safetly from the swirling seas. Again many thanks to the boys of the emergency services!

The wind is now against us making the final leg impossible. Our epic journey draws to a close with some miraculous achievements.

We are the first to row from coast to coast, Bristol to Grimsby.

We set a rowing record for the 120 miles from Lands End to Ilfracombe in under 31 hours.

Foxton Locks, the largest staircase of locks in the country, saw us with Ben Kay smash it’s record from 29 minutes to only 20 minutes and 40 seconds.

We have rowed close to 600 miles over 3 weeks enjoying experiences with so many people.

We have so many thanks to make that we shall come to those later….but in summary by Kiwi. ‘it’s not the destination that matters but the journey that you make to get there!’


~ by celebrityrow on July 18, 2010.

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