After a year of serious preparation – not to mention full-on anticipation – it comes as a huge disappointment to have the adventure of a lifetime cut short. Not long into the journey, I began to suffer from retention of urine; a condition that has already been quickly and easily improved on land, but that a thousand miles further out to sea might have necessitated an emergency rescue. Needless to say, this unexpected turn has left us with no choice to make but the hard one: to continue would be beyond irresponsible. Unfortunately, the time required for medical investigations and treatment also means we miss the safe weather window for crossing the ocean this year, and leaves us unable to make another attempt.
I am hugely grateful to Rob for the extraordinary opportunity, and for the support I’ve received, both personally and for the Alexander Devine charity. My heartfelt thanks to you all.
Despite not being able to complete the journey, I can safely say that the memories of five days spent rowing through huge Atlantic rollers on a 22ft boat will remain with me.