Mike is in good spirits, but unfortunately has damaged his comms. At 1030 this morning, whilst Mike was reaching for a mid-morning snack from his cabin, very unexpectedly two very large waves hit Storm Petrel broadside and a large volume of water entered the cabin. His sleeping bag is wet through, and the cabin he has worked so hard to keep dry over the last 4 weeks (since his last deluge) is now as wet as his rowing deck. Probably the biggest blow is that he has damaged his primary satellite phone which enables him to write his blogs and receive all your message of support. Unless he manages to get this dried out, then he will be without this source of support for the remaining 2 weeks of his crossing.
Fortunately, he is in the final 500 miles of his crossing and he has a second satellite phone which means he’s still able to make calls back to home.
Instead of sending messages of support, we are proposing that everyone donates to Macmillan an amount of money per mile that he manages to row in a 24 hour period between 0800 on Friday 3rd and 0800 on Saturday 4th. It should be a good mileage day for him, so there is plenty of incentive for him to pull hard on those oars. Feel free to pledge your amount per mile as a comment on his blog page and we can keep him updated by phone as to what the running total is likely to be per mile before he starts. To give you an idea, his biggest mileage day so far has been 60 miles which he achieved a month ago on the 31st January – 1st February. So please dig deep and cough up as much per mile as you can afford for this wonderful charity. (Della, since this was your idea, Mike feels that you should be donating a minimum of £2 a mile :-))
All donations that total £30 or more will also qualify to be entered into the competition to win a night in a suite at Applegarth in the Lake District – http://www.lakesapplegarth.co.uk
Mike is absolutely fine, but fed up that he’s lost his main source of comms. The additional salt in the cabin won’t help his salt sores much either!