Hi All from the Reveller and Team,
Since we last reported back to you all, we have hit a couple of pretty big milestones on our conquest to cross the Atlantic.
One week complete out at Sea.
We are almost a quarter of the way to Antigua.
So we celebrated...with a warm can of soda pop of our choice!!
We have naturally started to treat the Pedalo as our Home for the next few weeks. We have washing lines in our cabins, and the cooking area (which is the same as our toilet area) gets a clean once a day by our maid Max. It seems to be cleaner than my house in Brixton.
Although we have many conversations about the things we miss back home. We all very positive on board and trying to cherish the things we do have.
We are spoilt for choice of 7 different boil in a bag dishes:. Chilli con carne, spag bol, dal and spinach, mushroom risotto, posh pork and bean, beef stew, and spicy pork noodles. The only problem is, they don’t sit particularly well on the stomach. In fact we could probably run an engine with the amount of gas we are producing. We may as well stop pedalling, and all stand at the back of the boat and trump our way across the ocean.
We are keeping ourselves occupied with many different games, and since eye spy is very limited, we have had to start creating our own entertainment. Forget the ice bucket challenge. Pedal The Pond introduce to you the pink poop bucket challenge. And just clarify this is not a tipping a bucket of poop over your head. It is measly a competition of how many poops you do in pink bucket over the course of the trip.
So scores on the doors.
Max STEAMING away with 15 in just 9 days.
Hec, in second just behind with 14
I am in third with 10 and
And pathetic pooper paddy with just 7
More updates to come.
Anyway.. Polluting the air with gases still doesn’t put off our little bird friend named “Boi” who comes and visits once or twice a day. He hasn’t plucked up the courage to land on board but he does 5 or 6 circles of the Reveller, checks we are ok and sets off again.
Day 8 and 9 have been challenging and exhilarating. The weather out here is hot, and the winds have finally picked up in the direction of Antigua. For the first five days we were averaging 2.8knots which has significantly picked up to around 3.3 knots.
The waves have increased to around 25-30ft. We have had to get the big overalls out for the night times as we cant see the direction of the waves and occasionally get one over our heads. Hec and I hit 11.2 knots in the middle of the night on Sunday night which really helped wake up.
Everything was ship shape until about 8pm last night when we had a sudden jar and the boat speed fell suddenly. We seemed to have hit something under the hull of the boat. It felt as if something had been tangled around the rudder (our steering mechanism) slowing us down. The light had gone for the evening, so we couldn’t check out the damage until the morning, and many thoughts about what had happened were flying around our heads (including of course giant squids etc).
We ventured on through the night at a much slower speed. We changed our shift pattern to one on three off, which meant we each got a little more extra sleep out of it.
The next morning we played rock, paper, scissors to go in. Hec lost, and was going in.
Nothing seemed be to caught anywhere in the boat, which didn’t make any sense as to
why our boat speed had dropped. So we scanned the boat for barnacles and any other damage that could be causing this. There seemed to be some damage to the propeller, and the P-bracket, that holds the prop shaft.
We changed the propeller, and just in case there was any damage to the rudder as well we changed that.
The issue continues, and we can’t work out what is is that is slowing us down. When we get to a certain speed it suddenly feels like the boat is going through sludge ... we think that something outside the boat got hit and is ever so slightly out of line, meaning that the propeller isn’t able to get to its full speed and keep up with our boat speed.
Please rest assured that all is still safe and we are averaging over 3 knots despite this. Spirits are high and we are working together to see if there is anything we can do. If not, it’s not actually the end of the world - we’ll just be a bit slower.
Sending everyone love from the high seas!
Henry & Team x