Our final week of prep is now coming to a close.  We have been lucky enough to have Charlie Pitcher from Rannoch Adventure fly out from the UK to help scrutinize the boat and fix any last minute problems.  It’s been a very busy week making some  adjustments to the boat, packing and repacking so everything fits and doing some drills out on the water.  We are so grateful for all Charlie’s help and advice and were very sorry to see him go!

 

On Sunday we did our second para-anchor drill which didn’t quite go to plan! We managed to deploy it and reduce our drifting speed from 2.5 to 0.2 knots but had a bit of difficulty on trying to pull it back in.  A section of the rope had managed to snag on something (likely the reef below) and no matter how hard we pulled, we couldn’t get it back on board.  We quickly started seeing another expensive trip to the chandlery to fork out the best part of a grand for a replacement.  Luckily we were rescued by a local hero Jock and his boy Louis who used a winch to unhook us.

 

We’ve had a great month in Australia and can’t quite believe it’s nearly time to move on.  We have been looked after incredibly well by all the locals.  Particular shout outs must go to our hosts, David and Chrissy, who have gone out of their way to take care of us in the weeks leading up to our departure.  Secondly, David and Shaz for having us over for the most incredible dinners and imparting their extensive knowledge on the local islands and weather patterns.  To James Cooper, who answered our plea for help on the radio after the mice got to our food with some more meals and a donation.  Finally to Edrick Delfos and the Geraldton Yacht Club for putting up Hope (the boat!) and helping us with all the water related logistics.

 

Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, we have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity.  We are up to a whopping £44,000 for MSF which is absolutely incredible.  We would love to continue to push this towards the £100,000 target.  James Kliffen, the head of fundraising at MSF said the following:

 

“The challenge that Ted and Jack have set themselves is truly remarkable.  We are excited to hear about their progress and grateful for their huge fundraising target.  This support couldn’t come at a more crucial time for MSF, as our staff around the world face unprecedented challenges.  From the global refugee crisis, to ongoing emergencies in South Sudan, Yemen and the Lake Chad region, a donation of this magnitude will undoubtedly save lives.  On behalf of our patients and everyone here at MSF UK, thank you for your support and best of luck with your ocean row!”

 

The weather is looking promising so we have set our departure for Wednesday 15th March at 10am UK time.  You will be able to tune in live on facebook and track us via our website www.doctorsadrift.com

 

We would also love to hear from you all during the row – please send your messages through to doctorsadrift@gmail.com which will be periodically checked and forwarded on to us.