Wednesday, 31 December 2008

New Year's Eve - Rock bottom!

Just a quick update to let you know we are both fine. Jupiter and Neptune are still at war with us and we're struggling to make any headway. We are both absolutely gutted. We just want to be able to get on and row.
The disappointment cannot be put into words. Two years of hard work and detemination to get this far and the Gods of the sea and sky are determined to derail us. The technical problem just adds to our frustration and we really have no choice than to try to get ashore as soon as we can.

We estimate we are about 415 miles off the coast of Cape Verde, which is now our final destination.
Latest coordinates N23 31 707 W20 54 122.
We should be so much further by now but just haven't been able to put in the rowing hours! Urrrrrrgh! Why? why? why? Such bad luck with the weather!
We are aiming to row to the island of Sal. Will keep you posted, but at the moment the conditions are holding us back and it feels impossible to get anywhere. Just need a little bit of luck to get us on our way!

Thanks everyone for your support. It's not going to be the outcome we wanted and I'm sorry. The disappointment feels overwhelming at the moment but that's all part of taking on such a challenge, there are no guarantees and the big challenge now is making it safely to Cape Verde. I guess that in itself is going to be tricky but we're up for it.

Certainly isn't going to be the start we had hoped for to 2009 but I'm looking forward to coming home. Sorry we wont be going to Antigua Dawnie. Hope the funeral was ok yesterday.

Gill, no doubt you'll be pleased to see Ken, as I hear the blow up husband you got for Christmas is a very poor substitute. Ken sends his love to you and all the family.

Everyday is the same out here and I've only just realised it's New Year's Eve. So wishing you all a happy and healthy 2009.

Hope to see you all a bit sooner than planned. Let's hope the weather is kind over the next week or so. Gotta go as trying to preserve what power we have left....

Happy New Year from a very disappointed Aldo & Ken xxx

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