As we near the end of the voyage i have decided to write school reports for the crew:
Livar is from the faroe islands. He is an experienced ocean rower and this is clear to see. His previous voyages have seen success and failure and therefore he is an ideal role model for the new rowers offering sound advice here and there. Livar is extremely loyal to his skipper and passionate about his fellow crew member. He shows a cool head in precarious situations and is a powerful rower. Livar is also famous for quotes including “topical thunderstorms are fun. They are like roller coasters!” No doubt you will be finding out more about Livar in the future.
Aged 22 Peter is the baby of the bunch. His rugby physique make him a powerful rower. Peter is the most polite memeber of the crew and has a strong sense of respect for his elders. Sometimes Peter is too polite and finds it difficult explaining himself when he is irritated with a situation as he is worried of offending the individual. Pete has a very positive attitude at all times. He has an uncanny ability to predict the 24 hour mileage and therefore we will be visiting the dogs shortly to win lots of money. Pete enjoys the daily quizzes and often win the nautical themed questions. This is thanks to his time at sea with his uncle. It is safe to say Pete has caught the ocean rowing bug and is already planning his next voyage.
Benno is the most english scotsman i have met. He is a big character on this boat. He introduced the crew to his tighty whity y fronts. Apparently its how you where them. Unfortuantely many of the phots may need to be edited for younger veiwers. Benno is also very comfortable in his skin. He is most often found naked in the fore cabin revealing all.
On a more serious note Benno is a good listener. Although he has his opinions he is also able to see arguments from different perspective. He can stand back from tough times and offer wise words for the long haul. Benno has been stroke on this voyage and has had a healthy competition with Tim the other stroke. Benno always has a smile on his face and no doubt he will continue his endurance endeavours in the future.
A loud Aussie policeman extremely passionate about rowing. Tim has learnt in this voyage that river rowing and ocean rowing are completely different sports. Having spent years perfecting his technique he above all has found it difficult to adapt to the awkquard rowing positions and the variety of rowing conditions.
Tim loves to be busy. He is full of energy and needs tasks to complete to make him happy. He has a good heart always happy to volunteer to help out in and around deck. Tim has suffered from the most pain on this trip due to an old injury. Despite this he still attends every shift on time and this is testament to his character.
Lets hope Tim raises loads of money for MS Australia which he is so passionate about.
We soon agreed jan was a “chaval noir” on the boat. He is a man of many talents and he has proven espcially useful with his I.T. expertise. Jan is clearly an intelligent and ambitious young man. He has a clear direction of his future and im sure his plans will come to fruition. Jan likes to keep things tidy and has shown remarkable tolerance sharing a birth with me. Well Done old boy im sure many people have a new found respect for you.
Calum is a proud Scotsman. His skills as a yachtmaster instructor have been important on the voyage. Calum has a very proactive approach to maintaining a tidy boat. His seamanship cannot be critisied.
Friends and family are extremely important to Calum and this is reflected by the hundreds of emails he receives. His best friend however is his “Go Pro” camera. We look forward to watching the launch of his film premier. Calum is a key member of the boat quiz team. His not so subtle efforts to influence the quiz master are clever and very funny. He is also a good trader of ration pack items.
My parting comment to Calum is “well done and a great effort this last month, just remember Nougat is noo-garr and not nugget”
A godfather in the ocean rowing circles. Leven is an outstanding leader of men. Imagine owning a vessel worth hundreds of thousands of pounds and then have a crew of 7 tinker and reorganise many things. Patience is one of Leven greatest strengths but he will not tolerate stupidity and inefficiency.
Leven is extremely ambitious and practically minded. He has an excellent ability to problem solve which is invaluable on the ocean. There is no doubt you will hear more about Leven in the future. He is a mans man and loves his crew and the comradeship formed between them. He leads by example and is the core reason why this voyage has been so much fun.