Heads Together and Row: Who stole Toby's pants?

28 January 2019

Toby And His Pants

Day 48 at sea for Heads Together and Row, and someone has stolen Toby’s pants…

The skipper of our crew sent us over the photo on the right, with the message:

Yes the sun is getting to me, but no I haven’t gone mad and put my pants on my head for no good reason.

I brought three pairs of these snazzy lightweight, breathable, Wicking boxers. One pair was sacrificed to modify a footwell early on in the crossing. A second pair mysteriously vanished a few days ago. Last seen drying on Rufus, who remains the only credible witness. Rufus is refusing to speak about it so I guess we’ll never know.

I did once read a book about pirates who love to steal underpants. It may have been pirates. Regardless, with only one pair remaining I am either wearing them, washing them, or drying them on my head. That way I can’t lose them. Simples.”

We’re not sure whether Toby took three pairs of pants to sea in total, or just three Wicking pairs (other underpants brands are available…sadly not when you’re hundreds of miles out at sea…), but with just days left to go before the team make landfall (hopefully), we’re sure he can survive by just turning these ones inside out.

The beginner's guide to the bow cabin

Bow Cabin

We’ve heard the team talk a bit about sleeping arrangements in previous blog posts, but Justin has sent us this helpful guide to catching 40 winks in the bow cabin of the boat - complete with illustrative photo of Toby.

The Bow Cabin

Attractively finished in pink, the bow cabin offers the weary traveller a much-needed safe haven after a hard day on the oars.

A compact space measuring approximately 6.5 feet long by three feet wide, but tapering in a modern fashion to eight inches at one end by two feet high, the bow cabin boasts a range of modern amenities such as netting, a plastic covered mattress which is seldom hot or uncomfortable to lie on, and multi coloured lighting.

Fresh air is supplied by a mobile air conditioning unit and there is substantial under floor storage, along with several inches of open plan cupboards.

Outside, the bow cabin comes with its own toilet and washing facilities, along with plenty of space for general admin and the opportunity to contemplate your life choices.

The cabin is accessed by a two feet wide door and is best approached on hands and knees, feet first.

It sleeps one, or two if you wish to get very close and personal.

Scent packages are available at no extra cost.

Good for: one person to sleep in.

Bad for: access and egress, putting on and taking off clothing, eating, sitting up, kneeling, trampolining and pretty much every other activity known to human kind.

And finally...

Justin Sunset

Here’s a slightly fuzzy (both photographically and facially) Justin at 10pm last night, preparing for another rowing shift.

Toby wrote: After a good day of the right wind and water in the right place at the right time, mostly, J-dog takes to the oars. It’s a beautiful pink sunset with a hint of threatening rain clouds starting to build behind us just as we like it. Another night on the open seas to embrace, particularly as we come to the end of our final weekend crossing the Atlantic (touch wood!).”

As of 1600 GMT on day 48, here’s how the team are getting on:

Position: 17 degrees 3.40 N, 058 degrees 15.53 W

Speed/Direction: 2.0 knots @ 261 degrees

Distance rowed: 2524 Nautical Miles (2904 Miles)

Distance to go: 201 Nautical Miles (231 Miles)

12th in Fours crews

17th overall

Henley Business School is working with Heads Together and Row on a research project looking at individual and team resilience. Click here to find out more.

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