We rowed into Lochinver yesterday, accompanied by cries of "Heave Ho!" from the crew of an overtaking trawler. Moments earlier, we had been treated to a magical, exhuberant performance by a twenty-strong school of dolphins. We tied on to the pontoon feeling tired but happy - five of the eight legs completed.
Steve Sidaway left the boat yesterday, his four weeks with us completed. What a great crew member he has been. Angus, Laura and I will miss him; particularly I will miss playing the alphabet game with him (animals) on our 3am shift. We played for four weeks and only managed to get to "J"! (Just for you, Steve, did we do "Jellyfish"?)
Graham Biner joins us for the next leg, and it's going to be brilliant having him on board. He's not only a lovely person but also immensely powerful, which is reassuring! The other major change will be that after a few weeks of travelling North, we will soon be heading East and then South, homeward bound!
Before making the final corner though, we have to conquer Cape Wrath, the Pentland Firth and John o'Groats: another week that's no doubt going to throw lots of stuff our way. But we have a great skipper in Angus and feel very positive about the challenges that we will face.
I think the best way I can describe this round GB row is "Full On".