Day 185 - The Best Day So Far

November 9, 2009 – 9:48 am

Anticipation was at fever pitch this morning as we received confirmation that the helicopter was still due to meet us for our resupply. We had our last meal split between the 2 of us of rice pudding with raisins, and a three-times-boiled cup of tea, from our last tea bag.

A few hours later Mick called Wayne, the pilot, to confirm our exact location, and we got ready on board. Shortly after this We received word from Andrew Morris, our land support man, that the helicopter had taken off. Under an hour later we saw it, sweeping across the sky. Mick marked our position with an orange smoke flare, and watched as the helicopter flew straight past. Hearts dipped slightly, but then rocketed as we saw it return.

The first parcel of food was lowered on a rope. The original plan was to drop it onto the deck, but after a few attempts it became clear that the easiest way of doing it was for them to drop it in the sea just ahead of us and for us to row over to it. It was a crazy time with me trying to juggle cameras to film Mick whilst he was rowing, then changing over to film it the other way around, all with the downdraft from the helicopter overhead.

In a short space of time deck was littered with parcels and packages. Wayne did a few passes overhead with us rowing to get some extra footage of us, and then set off for the horizon leaving us feeling like Father Christmas had turned up many times over.

Andrew Morris and Wayne, I want to have your babies, you are truly wonderful people. The huge stash of food that turned up could have lastesd us 6 months on its own.

A real variety from freeze-dried food, protein bars, cans, dried nuts, and fruit, right the way through to the beers, coke, chocolate milk in the cool box. AND 2 big macs with fries and doughnuts!!!

We feasted like kings almost immediately and both of us can’t wait to crack into the provisions for tonights meal, so I’ve got to sign off now.

Oh and we look like we’re edging out of that horrible current to, so we’ll get the opportunity to use these calories to maximum effectiveness and park this boat under the golden gate bridge as soon as possible (after dinner).

The Final Fundraising Push

Just a reminder of our final funraising effort!

  1. The Big Sponsored Mile Raffle
  2. The End Of Voyage Sale

38°48′11”N 124°35′15”W
Chris & Mick travelled 22.7 miles South-East (heading 131.4°) on day 185
They ended 133.1 miles from San Francisco (22.3 miles closer than yesterday)
They covered miles 4926 to 4949 of the trip
Their average pace so far has been 26.7 miles/day towards San Francisco
They have 5.0 days remaining at this rate, so would arrive in San Francisco on 14 Nov 2009
Their target heading for the shortest route to San Francisco is East-South-East (heading 120.1°)
See where the boat is
Welcome the crew to San Francisco

Sponsor Thanks

Today there are three sponsors to thank:

  • Caring for God’s Acre and Chris’ Aunt Hilary (Anthil) sponsored mile 4938 which the crew covered at around 8pm.
  • Antonia Perlowska-Goose (better known to her friends as Fred!) sponsored mile 4940 which I think was pretty-much airdrop time!  Fred is a friend of Chris and mine from Molesey Boat Club.
  • Pam and Malcolm Hyde sponsored mile 4945 which the crew covered in the early hours of this morning.  They had this message for the blog today:
    What a fantastic effort you have both put in! We met Mick in his family pub in the Spring (we live about 100yds away) and have also had the pleasure of meeting Grace. We drink in the bar on a Friday night and look forward to buying him a pint when he returns. Keep rowing boys - good news is what the UK needs.

Thank you to everyone who has been donating since the final fundraising push started. We’ve had 50 sponsored miles since Sunday! If you’d like to sponsor a mile, have a look at our Sponsored Mile Raffle page.

  1. 34 Responses to “Day 185 - The Best Day So Far”

  2. I didn’t realise how bad things were but a big mac and fries and feasting like kings?!

    More sensibly the mood in your blog over the last couple of days has noticeable risen Chris, I’m sure Micks emotions are with yours. So gald to hear of the successful resupply, can’t wait to see the footage, that will show us just another tiny part of what this Ocean Row was about. A great job from you land crew and the helicopter crew as well. Drinks all round!

    Simply awesome.

    By Biff on Nov 9, 2009

  3. I bet a cold Big Mac never tasted so good. Enjoy boys well deserved.

    By Boozy Bird on Nov 9, 2009

  4. Chris and Mick i just told my 16 month old daughter Jesssica that you have been resupplied and are just days from the GGB.

    She says: “Boo-ra Boo-ra Boo-ra YAY”.

    I think that’s quite true.

    By Biff on Nov 9, 2009

  5. Watcha lads well that brought tears to my eyes have a bloomin good stuff an then get chunking these last few days off,in honour of you both sarah p an myself will be wearing our really bad FLOWER swimming hats on thursday an will sing as we enter poolside IF YOUR GOING TO SAN FRAN WEAR SOME FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR.Chris you bruv truly knows how AWFUL these hats are!!!be safe lo to bo AND dont get

    By jenny b on Nov 9, 2009

  6. We,ve just been away for a few days and have just caught up on your adventures.What a truly amazing team you are. Glad the food drop went well and that it was really full of goodies. The trouble with that,though, is that you might want to delay your arrival at GGB to finish them all!! We’re rooting for you. Be patient you’ll be there soon.

    By great auntie Barbara on Nov 9, 2009

  7. Hi Guys,
    Glad all went well with the delivery and that you guys are on the calories again atleast we won’t be scared for any of you becoming PORKY this time as you are free to indulge all you want,now get off your behinds and do some serious mileage…ROW HARD,NO EXCUSES!
    Wait did i hear you mention a BEER?! :-0

    By Grace Dawson on Nov 9, 2009

  8. OOOOOOOOOOOOOH lucky you, round my way we have to go to a drive in for a Big M, guess that ‘Flyin’ may catch on…

    On a serious note guys, enjoy the last few days/hours on board…. it will fly past now (no pun intended)…. and stay safe still…

    So very very pleased that you have new supplies…

    By Dizzie Blonde on Nov 9, 2009

  9. Glad the Vertrep went OK. I tend to avoid McDonalds like the plague (mainly for fear of catching it there). One of the highpoints of Nigeria (of which there are actually more than you would think if you only watch CNN), is that they do NOT have McDonalds. Paradise.

    Now you’re laden to the gunwhales (pron’ gunnals for landlubbers) with decent scoff and shedloads of energy swag, would you kindly get your finger out so we at home can all undertake the celebrations that we have been hanging out for and delaying. You two are so selfish, postponing our celebrations. Self self self - honestly … etc …

    Just think back to when you were in basic and Clubz was screaming at you to get up the rope, or over the wall, or make the final klic. This is no different, the object in front maybe different - but the will to achieve remains unchanged and undaunted.

    By Typical Lightweight Matelot on Nov 9, 2009

  10. Fantastic. Suppose a big mac is better than eating your shoes! Will someone please post some photos, anything will do.

    By Gray in Africa on Nov 9, 2009

  11. No mention of teabags??

    By Steve Broughton on Nov 9, 2009

  12. Photos and video will be forthcoming as soon as poss. I suspect everyone went to bed last night in San Fran (8 hours behind us in the UK) after this little adventure, so hopefully something will be available this evening UK time.

    By Richard on Nov 9, 2009

  13. Dear Chris and Mick - ohhhhh I am so pleased for you - a successful supplies drop and also the fact that you are getting ever closer to land! Enjoy feasting, but don’t eat too quickly, we don’t want you to get hic-ups while rowing! Now you really HAVE got something to keeeeeeeeeeep smiling about!!!!

    By Sue from Cornwall on Nov 9, 2009

  14. well done on a succesful re-supply. Now fill your bellies and finish this thing!
    Good effort as always,


    By John Hanafin on Nov 9, 2009

  15. Hi Chris and Mick,
    Glad the food supply got to you safely. I’m sure the Big Macs didn’t even touch the sides, although, had I been in your position, I still reckon I’d have ditched the gherkins…

    Seriously though, we’ve been following your progress all the way through the storms, dodgy meals, whale sightings and big hair (!) and I just wanted to say that you guys are a real inspiration and that I have the utmost respect and admiration for you. Here’s hoping you have a smooth final few days and a safe and triumphant arrival under the big red bridge.

    Best wishes

    By Jonny on Nov 9, 2009

  16. A battery and a firework were walking down the street and were stopped by police.
    One was charged, the other was let off.

    I reckon I can find one like this for each day left of your voyage…

    By Biff on Nov 9, 2009

  17. Please don’t.

    By Higgsy on Nov 9, 2009

  18. So pleased you have food at last, instead of singing flowers in your hair i guess you are singing “food glorious food” from Oliver now. I hope it will give you lots of enery to row the rest of your journey, you have done a tremdous job and we are all so proud of you. Not long now

    Love Linda and all at NFC

    By linda on Nov 9, 2009

  19. With food onboard, your morale must be sky high. I bet you wouldn’t care if it took you another month now!

    By George.Simpson on Nov 9, 2009

  20. Chris to raise some money I put £20 on a horse that came in at 20 to 1.

    Unfortunatley the rest of the field came in at 12.35.

    By Biff on Nov 9, 2009

  21. Now you’ve been resupplied the biggest challenge of all is ahead; to eat it all before you get to land so there is no evidence and noone is any the wiser…

    By Boing Boing on Nov 9, 2009

  22. I heard Mos is waiting for you in the same costume he wore in Gomera…

    Actually, try to erase that from your memory and hurry in!!!

    Incredible chaps, I look forward to hearing/watching all about it cheers!


    By Footballing rower from Beer on Nov 9, 2009

  23. Amazing news! Good to know everything is goin well and you got more food to get that extra energy! Hope to see you soon!

    By Estevao on Nov 9, 2009

  24. Laser Beam, given your excitement about the trip line 3 months ago, how come it’s still sitting at 99p on EBay?

    By Richard on Nov 9, 2009

  25. Yippee! Today’s a VERY good day! We’re absolutely delighted! Your acceptance of a food-drop, though doubtless frustrating, must be hailed as a mature and responsible decision under the extreme circumstances in which you found yourselves. I don’t know anyone whose opinion of your achievements has diminished in any way! Bravo, guys!

    You stated some weeks ago that you’d run out of reading material and had already read all books on board twice. Accordingly, I’ve been compiling a list of possible volumes to feature in your next helicopter-delivered consignment! After all, man does not live by Big Mac alone!!! One must feed the mind also!

    Parachute Jumping by Willie Maykit
    Riding for Pleasure by G. G. Canters
    Cookery for Beginners by Egon Chips
    Escape to the Forest by Lucinda Woods
    The Case of the Stolen Chestnut
    by Nick McConker
    On the Rocks by Mandy Lifeboat
    Weight Lifting by Buster Gutt
    Feed your Dog Properly by Norah Bone
    End of Term by C. Myra Port
    Home Haircutting by Shaun Head
    A Visit to the Dentist by Lord Howard Hertz
    First in the Form by Hedda de Klasse
    Show Jumping by Jim Carner
    Brick Laying by C. Ment
    The Thirsty Diner by Philippa Carafe
    Solitude by I. Malone
    Caring for Parrots by L. O. Polly
    Laying Carpets by Walter Wall
    Trouble in Lancashire by Igor Blimey
    Everybody Out by Rufus Falling
    The Inevitable Occurrence by Sue Nora Later

    I’m indebted to Biff for giving us ‘permission’ to revert to the more trivial idle banter and jokes that we know and love! Sorry Higgsy.

    By Dad Martin on Nov 9, 2009

  26. I’m so pleased that you got your ‘fly thru’ big mac OK.

    Now that you’ve been re-supplied, is there any possibilty that you could row just a little bit faster for us as I’m sure that I won’t be alone in thinking that the threat of more daily jokes from Biff will be too much for most folk to handle :-(

    By Alan in Wiltshire on Nov 9, 2009

  27. …and your Dad is quite right of course (although it pains me to agree). Nothing at all can diminish your achievement guys.

    By Alan in Wiltshire on Nov 9, 2009

  28. Hi Mick and Chris
    So glad the food parcels meet with your approval. They do sound exciting. As far as I can see you still have the same decision to make…… what shall we eat? The only difference now is that you are spoilt for choice.
    Don’t forget the aim of the next few days is to get to the GGB and not to sit on the sea anchor and indulge yourselves.
    Enjoy the next few days,but stay focussed and stay safe. x

    By great auntie anne (ludlow) on Nov 9, 2009

  29. Dad Martin must have forgotten “The Tiger’s Revenge” by the French author Claude Balls.

    By Wanna Be on Nov 9, 2009

  30. I met one of your fathers (not sure which one sorry) at the Cycleshow 09 and was amazed when he told me about your trip!. I’ve just posted a blog on my site with a link to this site. Keep up the good work and stay safe!

    By Kevin Shannon on Nov 9, 2009

  31. Dad Martin, I am pleased to see not one but two horse related books on your reading list. Believe I would like G.G Canters style of writing, we could swap notes, though I might wait for the faster paced G.G Gallops book.

    By Horsey Claire on Nov 9, 2009

  32. I’m now even more convinced than ever that this whole thing is a fake - just like the moon landings.

    Interviewer: “So tell me, considering you’ve been living off rations and rowing 12 hours a day for the last six months, how come you look so chubby”
    Chris: “Well we conveniently got a food drop in the last week so have been living off beer and McDonald’s.”

    Very suspicious! I’m gonna try and trace where your radio signal is coming from. I’d put good money on it coming from a shed in East Molesey somewhere.

    By The Egypt!an on Nov 9, 2009

  33. I wonder if Dad Martin or Horsey Claire have come across that other horsey book entitled “Bumpy Ride” by G G Trotter. Hope Chris and Mick are not having a bumpy ride, but that they are able to glide across the ocean towards the Golden Gate…

    By Sue from Cornwall on Nov 9, 2009

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