Sadly our laptop has broken so we are having to tap out on an iPad.

We’re managing ok but both struggling a bit with the bum salt sores and back pain. We are managing to enjoy bits too although it tends to be following a large painkiller dose rather than before! We so enjoy getting all the messages from everyone – it is the highlight of our days reading them (“that and eating my back of biltong” quote Ted)

Day 10 at sea and we’ve definitely settled into a routine. After the shock of exchanging home comforts and an 8h consistent sleep for 2h on 2h off rowing, we do feel we are at least headed in the right direction. As I mentioned previously the nights are long and hard but they do offer some amazing experiences too. Firstly, the night sky at sea is incredible. Just so many stars, the Milky Way, shooting stars… It’s amazing and keeps us both occupied! Secondly, the phosphorescence in the water – green shimmering sparkles with every stroke – is also pretty cool.

The weather has got better and we feel we are now making progress towards Mauritius. Although it is still a very long way to go…

Hopefully we won’t have to spend any more time on para anchor (our under water parachute that slows us right down to prevent us moving too far backwards).

Thank you all so much for all your kind messages of support, jokes, limericks and tales of home. It is the highlight of our day reading through them. Thank you also to everyone who has donated – seeing the number get so high is keeping us both motivated.  Feel free to send us messages by either emailing: doctorsadrift@gmail.com or leave a comment below.

Ted and Jack

 

Summary of observations from the experts

Ted and Jack are now 10 days in and making good progress. As you see from the tracker the winds are pushing them north but they are going as west as the wind will allow – this week the winds could be more favorable so it will hopefully be better for them. Where you’re closer to continents, the land – masses heat and cool and create these unpredictable winds. The further from shore the more predictable the weather becomes – although the swell can be more dramatic.

On around the 5th or 6th day they broke an oar, unfortunately this is very common.  It’s easy to snap them in the weight of the waves and the water.  They’ve got plenty of spares.  Very rarely will they ever row 2 up now because it’s simply too difficult to synchronize both sets of oars on a boat that is constantly moving about in massive swells.  During the rough weather last week they again had a couple of near capsizes due to the swell. This too is normal. However, it is really hard to capsize these Rannoch boats. They will bank and tip as though they are about to, and it will toss the boys into the side webbing, which catches them before the tether stops them. It is now a mandatory safety requirement to have extra webbing fitted and they do have their 3-point harnesses and their tether, so Ted and Jack are safe.

They’re making good, solid progress. They’re pretty drenched most of the time due to the southerly direction of the waves that breach the beam of their boat.

The ocean will give them good days as well as quite challenging ones and at the moment they are in a relatively good weather window.

The salt sores are extremely painful but are a reality on the ocean. They know they need to get in the sun and rub on alcohol.  They aren’t serious, but just make them appreciate dry sheets and dry clothing. The UV light is a natural disinfectant and will heal them.

The biggest issue that they continue to face are the swells that are hitting them on the beam. Not quite at a 90 degree angle but enough to keep them constantly wet.  Keeping dry is incredibly hard and their clothes never truly dry out.

Right now the conditions look really good for them. This week they will lose the moon for a couple of nights – we are told they will learn to forever appreciate the moon.

The separation and isolation is incredibly difficult.  Hence the reason why it’s so important if at all possible that everyone sends them emails. That’s their lifeline back to the real world. These emails are the highlight of their days. They are inspiring the boys, as are the continuing donations to MSF. As you can see from Ted and Jack’s message above they are hugely appreciative of all the messages they are receiving from friends and family – thank you all – please keep them coming!