But rowing an ocean is never that simple. You have to get to the start line first. We had hoped to leave on Saturday but today the authorities threw a spanner in the works and said we would need 48hrs to turn around some sort of permit to get the boat out on the water. On a plus note the bag containing survival suits which was lost in the New York blizzard ‘travel chaos’ may not have turned up but an appeal on US TV has led to replacements being donated which are due to arrive by DHL tomorrow. With a crew of 16 there is a lot to think about and I already find myself main list maker, party planner, tequila buyer and bestower of ocean rowing advice. Suits me! The party has just started so I better put down my laptop and get going. Winds looking good for imminent departure. Can’t wait to get going.