The good news is that the Row to Recovery have at last been resupplied with water by the Aurora.  What a relief!  They then had a problem with the rudder, so if it isn't one thing its another.  That's been solved more or less and they are rowing again which is great news.  They are all in remarkable heart and this clip from their web site says it all:
We’ve just passed through 500 nautical miles to go to Barbados and I cannot tell you how much of a lift that has given to all of us. I also really want to say just how amazing it is to be told of all the support and interest we are generating back home, it means so much to every single member of this crew.
To hear that the fundraising has also been boosted as a result the difficulties we’ve been experiencing also makes it easier to cope with.
I really can’t tell you how much it means to us to know that what we are doing out here is in some small way inspiring people back home and encouraging people to give money to our cause. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are not out of the woods yet. After all the problems we’ve had so far it seems inconceivable that the rest of the trip will be plain sailing.
But one thing is for sure, our resolve to succeed remains undiminished, despite the seemingly endless technical problems we’ve encountered.
You have my word, this team will not give up. Wish us luck!s luck!


On Monday I attended the launch of new information screens at RAF Brize Norton. They had been designed and paid for by Thales and very smart they are. What is noteworthy is that this project has been completed in partnership with the three single service charities. I nearly got put on a flight to Helmand but the pinstripe didn't look quite right!


On Friday I went to the funeral of Bishop Michael Mann, a soldier, historian and eminent priest. He loyally supported The British Legion, St Dunstans (he became blind towards the end of his life) and ABF. Living as he did in Gloucetershire I was able to seek his advice on many matters. In 2004 he helped enormously over the 60th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service and suggested we had a passage from George MacDonald Fraser's book "Quartered Safe Out Here". George came down to read it himself. It was a coup. We always remember that he lost his son, killed in action in Oman in the 70s. He was a wonderful man and a sad loss.
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