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!
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
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.