Archive for May, 2014

Team Selection Day 1

Emma Mitchell By

 

On Saturday we finally got to meet with the girls who have applied to join our Coxless Crew team. It was exciting and inspiring to find 14 girls who get what our row is about and who took the time to fill in the application. It’s also good to know that there are people out there who think that rowing the Pacific is a good idea!

Laura briefs everyone on the day ahead

Laura briefs everyone on the day ahead

We held the day’s activities at Bisham Abbey with Laura masterminding a full day of activities and managing to include girls in three different continents. The 11 girls who came along to Bisham were taken on a whistle-stop tour of activities with myself, Laura, Keith (sports psych), Alex (strength and conditioning) and Dale (cameraman).

Keith does his thing!

Keith does his thing!

Exercise to identify the ways to get the best out of each other – very important for 6 months on a boat the size of Doris!

Exercise to identify the ways to get the best out of each other – very important for 6 months on a boat the size of Doris!

We were also treated to a first person account of what it is like to row an ocean from Fergus of the Atlantic Polo team who is just back from his own ocean adventure.

Fergus tells us what ocean life is really like

Fergus tells us what ocean life is really like

Three girls also joined us over skype from abroad and were taken on their own journey around the different activities via iPad – the wonders of technology!

The wonders of modern technology!

The wonders of modern technology!

The day ended with a summary of the row from our fab applicants themselves. All of the  fantastic and it’s funny to think that we’ve now probably met the rest of the team who will be joining us on Doris for 6 months out at sea.

The next stage of team selection will involve a weekend of army training in the Brecons to test out our resilience under pressure, a bit of sleep deprivation and help us to figure out how to get the best team dynamic. Massive thanks have to go to our awesome support team Keith, Alex, Dale and Fergus who all gave up their Saturday to help us out and share their wealth of experience. Left to ourselves I think we might end up with a Coxless Crew team too big to fit on the boat!

The end of a good day

The end of a good day

Watch this space to see the final Coxless Crew team take shape!

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Pimms O’Clock

Emma Mitchell By

This weekend was a pretty exciting one! Doris was finally back on the water, fully kitted out with batteries, electronics, hatches and a rudder. The weather was beautiful and perfectly befitting our first proper outing.

Doris

We went for a paddle up the Solent, successfully navigating our way out of Christchurch and up to Mudeford without hitting any other boats or any trees and with only a small run in with one of the mud flats. To celebrate we moored ourselves up to a buoy (using proper knots and everything!) and enjoyed pimms and chocolate cake in the sunshine. Since Doris isn’t the most inconspicuous boat on the water we also made a lot of new friends with everyone wanting to know where we were off to. She is definitely a favourite with the kids.

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On Saturday night we set up camp in the cabin for the first time. It was surprisingly cosy in there and was a good introduction to our living space for the 6 months we’ll be out on the Pacific. We played some games and had some dinner before settling down to sleep. Next step will be to spend the night properly out on the water rather than moored up on the pontoon to give us a proper feeling of what it’ll be like to not be able to get off the boat.

games sleep

Sunday saw us back out for some more rowing followed by some plotting and planning for the week ahead. There’s a lot going on in the Coxless Crew at the moment. Most excitingly, next Saturday we are meeting with the amazing women who have applied to join our team. Exciting times ahead! Stay posted to hear how it goes. x

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