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Busy few weeks for team GREENS2BLUE.

First up a dawn raid to Rannoch Adventures ( ( in Burnham-on-Crouch to collect our new boat “ Brizo” named by our headline sponsor Begbies Traynor ( ( Brizo was an Ancient Greek goddess who was known as the protector of mariners, sailors and fishermen. She was also known as a prophet specialising in the interpretation of dreams ….and as we continue to live ours we tentatively hitched up and delivered her to Hartlepool Marina some seven hours later….. ⏰ equipment stowed , boat covered, trailer locked and a deep sigh of relief from the both of us … a time consuming and difficult job done ✅.

Coffee and toilet break required at Cambridge South service station!

Next up mandatory Ocean Rowing Course run by Atlantic Campaigns ( ( . A full day covering everything from safety at sea, what to expect during the race to the do’s and don’ts of personal hygiene 🤢 with everything in between! Our sincere thanks to Ian Crouch and Fraser Mowlem for sharing their experiences and invaluable knowledge - it was a full on day but then again everything to do with this challenge is full on as we continue to make steady headway towards the start line in December 25.

Last but certainly not least our first taste of the Ocean Rowing Academy with Duncan Roy and Aron Kneebone. First job was lifting Brizo into the Marina ( no simple task and a lot easier said than done !).

Left to right: skipper, 1st mate, Aaron Kneebone, Duncan Roy "Brizo" - Please don't drop me!

It’s fair to say that we’ve left no stone unturned in our pursuit to complete the preparation for the Worlds Toughest Row- Atlantic 🌊 but often it’s not what you know but what you don’t that will sink the dream ……. needless to say they aren’t global rowing experts for nothing - appreciation of every single inch of the boat , weather, tide and wind recognition, passage planning, slick change overs , anchor drills , chart plotter and VHF radio use , Alpine Butterfly and quick release clove hitch at pace and under pressure…. Step up or step off! 🫣 the list of new skills to learn and build on was enormous but our patient masters were always at hand 🤙 … to steer us down the “right channel” … for our part we simply tried to add a little charm to breakfast and keep the staff at Biancos entertained, as well as obviously looking the part with a full range of adventure wear (all recently de-labelled!).

Next time out it will just be Brizo and the 2 jolly rowers out on their own … weather/wind/spring and neep tides

/rations/health permitting! … 🚣‍♂️

"Busy working out waypoints" "How do i change a fuse Richard?"

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