Sore bums, sunburn & salty clothes!

Hello everyone,

We've had another update from the boys, who at this rate are only about 11 days from the finish line! Let's hope that the winds are in their favour and they don't have any setbacks.

Understandably, things are still super tough out there, and they continue to take each day as it comes. But we're super impressed with their determination & progress to-date.

In their own words:

"The last few days have been exceptionally tough. At the back end of last week, we learnt that we were making great progress, and started to count down the days. We were getting to a point where we were starting to get used to the routine and figured out how best to organise each day around the already long list of tough aspects of this race. The Atlantic, however, thought it was about time to add a few more to the list.

"It seems mad to think that apart from a 24 hour period on para anchor at the beginning of the crossing, we literally haven't stopped 2 hours on 2 hours off , 24 hours a day for nearly a month. Apart from getting off the boat to clean the hull, the only space we have occupied is this tiny rowing boat. There's nowhere to walk to / stretch your legs, and we haven't slept for more than 60 minutes at a time this whole time which is making both of us quite disoriented and have some hallucinations.

"Over the last few days, the sun has been unbelievably warm, which is great for tanning and boat batteries but also means it is seriously hot whilst rowing and pretty much unbearable to be in the cabin during the day, so we're not able to properly care for our bums which are thoroughly disgusting at the moment!

Seamus

Paddy

"On top of this, there have been a couple of incidents of us getting out fresh clothes when the seas/winds were a bit calmer, and then the sea decided to deposit a load of salty water on to said fresh clothes. Invariably this happens with less than five mins to go of a session, so ruins clothes and means we have to go into the cabin wet, which just adds to the misery- literally nothing we have is dry. This has made it exceptionally tough, but we know if we keep plodding we will eventually get there. The key is to get into next week, then it's a matter of days away.

"Thanks everyone for your messages of support - it really helps us get through this and if you have not already, please consider donating to our two amazing charities, this is the main reason we are putting ourselves through this hell, so if you are able to spare anything please do go to our Virgin Money Giving page!"

To donate to their charities, please click on this link here: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/SaddleSandSea

Watch this space. #SaddleSandSea


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