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Heads Together and Row: Team Q&A part two

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<>If you could have one extra crew member, which famous person would you choose to accompany you on your journey? <>How do you deal with the rough sea and keeping warm? <>Do you ever see any other boats? <>What sort of wildlife have you come across during your adventure?

Toby: Whales - another three came for a fly by this morning with one showing the underbelly as it barrel rolled past us. Dolphins - some pods who came and swam with the front of the boat for a while. A giant turtle who popped up very close for a look, saw we already had a captured squirrel and scarpered. Birds - three kinds including Betty. Flying fish - a lot of flying fish. We always try to return them to the ocean when they land on us or the deck but with varying degrees of success - some are very feisty and get into awkward gaps.

<>What are you most looking forward to when you arrive in Antigua?

Justin: Getting off the boat, having a shower, fresh fruit and veg.

Ali: A shower!

Toby: Food and drink. First I would like a pint of Orangina over ice with slices of orange and lemon in it, and a pint of iced water. Then a pint of beer while I look through the menu. Then TBC, but possibly a club sandwich or a chicken breast burger or a rare fillet steak or fresh steamed fish. With a side order of some kind of rainbow salad.

Justin: That we haven't had any massive fallings out. Yet.

Ali: I never imagined I’d be teaching Jez part of a Hamlet soliloquy off by heart!

Toby: The weather. Every day is something very surprising in comparison to the forecast.

Toby: Yes. I didn't come out here to find or lose myself or anything like that. I've cemented what I already knew about what is most important to me and developed plans about how to make more of life and time. Nothing drastic but a better direction. I've learnt about the limits of my endurance. I've learnt how to better coexist with others and embrace our diversity.

Justin: Not yet. I think the revelations will come with hindsight. Although I have learned I can do a mean impression of Shane McGowan doing Fairytale of New York.

<>What do you think will be your next challenge?

Justin: Seeing how long I can stay on the sofa and watch TV.

Toby: Whatever it is it won't take two years to prepare and 50 odd days to achieve! I have lots of ideas and am up for various challenges but a day or a few days should surely suffice?! For now, boring as it may sound, I intend to spend more time with family and friends, invest more in relationships and do more of the things I like doing.

Rufus the Squirrel: Tying four humans to a tree and leaving them there for two months.

Toby: For sure! We are forever joined by this experience. We come from different backgrounds and walks of life but now share an epic common experience.

Justin: No. In fact once they have finished being of use to me I may have them killed.*

(*We think he's joking...)

<>And finally, Justin – did you take your sister’s box with you?

Justin: I took the contents, which have been used and well received, thank you.

As of 1600 GMT on day 43, here’s how the team are getting on:

Position: 17 degrees 19.29 N, 053 degrees 12.24 W

Speed/Direction: 2.0 knots @ 262 degrees

Distance rowed: 2230 Nautical Miles (2566 Miles)

Distance to go: 491 Nautical Miles (565 Miles)

12th in Fours crews

16th overall

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Published 23 January 2019