5 weeks to go!

Hi guys,

It’s been a while since I last put a blog post out, so here is a mammoth update on everything that I’ve been up to lately.  

Our amazing boat the James Lewis has finally been shipped and, as you read this, it’s making its way to Perth in a container, on board the colossal vessel Hyundai Express. Fingers crossed it arrives in one piece! It was a last-minute dash to get everything packed and shipped in time, but thanks to some friends and the help of Charlie at ‘Rannoch Adventure’, it all went smoothly in the end.

Ash and myself are due to fly to Perth on April 25th arriving a day later.  We will then make the journey up to Geraldton where we will hopefully see James Lewis sitting dockside waiting for us.

There will be a lot of work once we arrive; the boat will need to be unpacked and every item on board needs to be accounted for and carefully stowed away, ready for the crossing. We will be feeding plenty of photos and videos back during our preparations in Australia.

I’ve recently been asked how people can follow our progress across the Indian Ocean. The main expedition website is www.nothings-impossible.co.uk and it is currently being overhauled and upgraded. You will be able to track our daily position and progress here once the new site is live. We will also be tweeting on a daily basis from @CaptainKetch and @AshandLou, so drop us both a follow and we look forward to sharing the journey with you all.

I’m super pleased to announce that Ash passed his RYA Ocean Master Theory Course last week, which is no mean feat, and he is due to take his radio operator’s course next week. He will make a fine ocean rower, I’m sure! I am rather excited at the prospect of spending time with ‘Young Epilepsy’ on April 2nd to undergo a specialist Epilepsy training course.  This should put me in a better position to monitor and deal with Ash’s condition during the crossing.

Ash has shown great strength in the face of adversity over the course of his life and has constantly been battling the stigma around epilepsy. We are trying to prove that having epilepsy or any disability should not be a barrier to pursuing one’s personal goals and dreams. So it’s that time again to ask you all to dig deep and get donating to our chosen charities, who are all doing such great work!

http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/nothingsimpossible Thank you in advance, guys.

If you have ever wondered how two guys can row almost 4,000 miles across an ocean, do please get in touch with any questions. We’d be delighted to share the details on how we will be rowing and surviving in one of the world’s toughest oceans.

One last thing before I sign off – remember guys, dreams do come true!

Captain Ketch

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