A Mid-Atlantic Rendezvous
Overnight the skies had cleared and we woke to bright clear sunshine, a fresh NE breeze and the news that the "Row2Recovery" a UK team of Trans-Atlantic Rowers including three disabled ex-Servicemen were only a few hours ahead of us. Captain Barbara had been in contact with their crew to offer to help them fix a broken rudder and predicted that we would catch up with them during the afternoon watch. From 1pm onward all eyes were on the horizon seeking to make the first sighting.
The crew of Row2Recovery saw us long before we saw them and gave us their heading. It was close to 3pm exactly as the Captain had predicted that 2nd mate Ulrich first sighted them. We had hoped that they would be able to come alongside and accept some gifts including a custom made card by our resident artist Anne-Laure.
Sadly sea conditions were too rough either for TENACIOUS to launch a boat or for them to come alongside. Also the help in fixing the rudder was no longer needed. We passed close by and greeted them with a Mexican wave and a rousing cheer. Two of their six crew knew all about the JST having sailed as crew on LORD NELSON. It was wonderful that two craft with a common interest in mixed ability sailing should meet up in this way in mid-Atlantic. After an exchange of greetings on the VHF we left them to continue on their way to Barbados and turned northward for Dominica now only a few days away.