2 weeks at sea

We are just finishing our second week at sea and after multiple attempts at sending through video blogs, I (Molly) have decided to go old fashioned and do a written blog.

Week 1 was a big adjustment for the crew – spending the second night on para anchor definitely helped us find our sea legs. By the end of the week we began to fall in the rhythm of life at sea on Liberty which goes a bit like ‘eat, sleep, row, repeat’ (I’m sure you know the song)

By the beginning of week 2 all of the crew have found our sea legs, helped along by the big seas and big winds we had pushing us east, leading us to some great progress in the right direction. Unfortunately ‘The Big O’ (aka. The Atlantic Ocean) decided we had had enough favourable winds for a little while, we pushed on for as long as possible but eventually had to retire the the para anchor once again. For those of you who don’t know this stops us being pushed by the wind too much and is used when you can’t make way in the right direction. As I’m writing this we have the sun shining and flat calm seas which is a sign of the wind changing and hopefully bringing us some more westerlies.

Today we passe for first milestone, getting past 60W, celebrated with a peparami and a minute off of rowing- LUXURY!

All in all we are having a great time out here on the ocean so far, we have seen some amazing wildlife including Dolphins, Whales, sharks, and 2 little birds that have been following us for several hundred miles.

Keep sending through your messages to the crew, Alex has been reading them out to the crew and it’s great to here from everyone back home.

Waves

WAVES

I was going to write a blog about life in the swamp that is the stern cabin, with its sodden mattresses that make everything damp, its internal hydrological cycle including a water feature coming from the compass bracket and the painful screeching of the auto helm as you try and convince yourself it’s not going to break down. But then I thought why focus on the negatives and I’m sure that description gives you a pretty good idea …

So instead I am going to tell you about the different waves that have been helping or hindering our progress.

Firstly there’s the SLOPPY JOES, these are the ones that shake the boat side wards and cause injuries to knees, shins, thighs, thumbs etc

Then there’s the SIDEY, generally this is a last minute spot and tends to give the rowers a wave full on their laps

ROLLERS are the massive ones that come up behind you and look like they are going to make you fly but then actually you just pop over the top, if however they break on the top it then becomes SURFER and surfs up with an amazing wooshing sound of water under the boat – again a fantastic noise feature in the stern cabin.

The final thing to note, especially when swapping over the hand steering, is the discussion of where the waves are coming from, to which the answer will without doubt be ‘wherever the bloody hell they want to!!’

Despite all this in house entertainment I have been sleeping very well!
I hope this gives you helpful insight about our life on board Liberty, you will be hearing more from me and more information on our ways of life shortly
Thanks for reading,
Molly