Ready to rock!

28 Dec


I’ve just returned back to the UK after a great few days back home in Dublin for Christmas. Sitting here in my flat with my packed kit bag I have just realised that there is nothing left to do now except row the Atlantic.

It’s been a hectic 6 months since I did my first sea trial on Sara G and Matt offered me a spot in the crew. Many hours on the rowing machine are behind me now as well as all the courses on navigation and safety.

The last few weeks before Christmas were pretty hectic trying to finalise all the bits and pieces, living in the fear that I was going to forget some vital piece of kit that was needed for the boat. Christmas has come as a welcome relief to the manic last preparations with a few days to relax and reflect on the challenge ahead.

After stocking up on plenty of Christmas carbs I’ve just said goodbye to Ilse and my family at Dublin airport. I also had a great night with lots of friends and family who paid a visit on my last evening in Dublin before the big adventure. Some of the lads even had the privilege of sampling a delicious re-hydrated food ration pack which I whipped up for them.

I have had my ups and downs with worries about the unknown that lies ahead on the Atlantic and I am sure most of the other lads have felt the same way. I’ve remained far more composed than expected while saying these farewells – although I am sure I have a few moments of anxiety ahead of me before we push off into the ocean.

All I want to do now is get myself out to Morocco tomorrow with the lads, put that boat on the water and get started!!

We should be kicking off somewhere between the 2nd and 5th of January. Thanks a million to everyone that has helped get me to the start line!!

Keep an eye on our team website for updates on the expedition

2 Responses to “Ready to rock!”

  1. Finbar Maxwell December 28, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Aodhan, it was great to meet you in Dublin, along with Ilse, and your Mam, Dad, and Roisin. Glad to know that you are back in England now, and ready to head to Morocco. ALL BEST WISHES for the journey. My thoughts, prayers, and good energies will be with you and the lads for the journey. All best wishes, Finbar
    PS… I just got back to California last night and had a good sleep. Today I started back into some dissertation work. Safe travels from Morocco to Barbados… Finbar

  2. Margaret McKenna December 29, 2011 at 11:53 am #

    Hi Aodhan,

    Have a safe trip to Morocco I hope everything goes well for you and the crew rowing the Atlantic the best of luck to you all.

    God Bless

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