LATEST UPDATE 12th May 1252BST
When I set off from Choshi, it was 0500 local. It was clear in my mind that I had to row hard to get out and away from the coastline of Japan to avoid being pushed back on shore. During the day, I drank water when thirsty and snacked when hungry. This is how my daytime routine should be. It starts to get dark at 1800, so I recall putting the para-anchor out with a view to starting my night time routine. My night time routine should go along the lines of ensuring deck is clear of anything not secured, check para-anchor is secured (if using it), then get the cooker on boil some water, fill my flasks and rehydrate my evening meal. Then I would check my position on the GPS and also check Blossom’s battery levels. Switching on the satphone at a pre-arranged time daily also fits into my routine, this is so that I can get the weather forecast for the next 24 hours and also to call Shore Support or for them to call me.
Dehydrated breakfast could be porridge with strawberries. My day time snacks consist of several bars of chocolate, salami, biscuits, a dehydrated hot drink and some noodles. Dehydrated evening meal might be spaghetti bolognaise. Due to conditions so far, I’ve had two hot breakfasts and two hot evening meals. It’s been too bumpy to get the cooker out and if I had got it out it would probably have been swamped by a wave within a few seconds. So snacks it is!
In my stern cabin (no not an angry cabin, the one at the back of the boat - my home) I have a locker which is my morale locker. In it are letters and gifts from some thoughtful well wishers. I have opened a few of the cards/letters and they really do bring a smile to my face, so to those who gave, thank you. Oh, it’s probably worth mentioning, one person gave me 125 envelopes to open!
For the past few days now, it’s been incredibly hard to sleep. Blossom and I are getting bounced around the Ocean, sometimes riding waves and sometimes it feels like we’re going through them. At night time, I get into my sleeping bag and secure myself to Blossom – there are three tie down points either side of my mattress, so when Blossom does get thrown up and sideways, I do the same without getting thrown around the cabin.
I can’t explain the numerous thoughts I have. Being alone on this vast Ocean… on a boat that I have all my faith in… I’ve started talking to Blossom, particularly when she has just been smashed by a huge wave. She’s tough! Thoughts aren’t just about being here on the Ocean, but also about family, friends, people who have sent messages, the sponsors who believe in me and have encouraged me to continue with this challenge and also the charities. Not a day goes by without a message from Ben.
Today, Ade and I managed to get part of the satellite link working to be able to send back videos and pictures. Here’s the test file – a few seconds of footage recorded as I rowed away from Choshi on Day 1. You can see Kaz’s yacht on Blossom’s starboard…
It’s short and sweet! But there’s more to come, including some showing the sea conditions I’ve been experiencing during the last week.