From Elsa, in the Pacific:
Today has been frustrating as I’ve struggled to make any progress west at all. Rowing as hard as I can I’ve still been travelling a gentle south-east. I’m hoping to have more luck tomorrow and make a break for it in the early morning. It’s nice to be getting a little further south, but I need to make that west as well, and I know how far there is still to go…
I started rowing a little later than usual today as I spent some time in the morning making some ‘improvements’ to my kit. Using my hand drill for the first time, I’ve drilled some holes in the spoons of my remaining oars, and attached them to the boat by a lanyard. I’m rowing as carefully as I can, but hopefully this means that even if one does break now I won’t lose the spoons again, and would be able to make repairs. Ideally I won’t need them, but I feel a little more comfortable about them now.
Thank you again to everyone who is sending messages and words of support – it makes a huge difference to me, and I look forward to downloading my emails each evening. Steve has been sending on the comments and messages to me. It’s so lovely to lie down in my cabin, sore and aching, after I’ve cleaned the salt off at the end of a long day, and read everyone’s messages. Thank you – you keep me going.