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Facing The Atlantic Log Book: Stuck in the Middle of the Atlantic (NOT)

Facing The Atlantic Log Book: Stuck in the Middle of the Atlantic (NOT)


If it was easy to row the Atlantic everybody would do it. These past 2 weeks were particularly hard on Bertie and James.

On December 29 their last oar broke and they have been drifting in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean ever since. They are spending most of their time in the hot and airless cabin with the door shut and there is a reason why the door must be shut at all times. On January 2 Patience was hit by a huge wave that caused the boat to roll over once, Bertie and James were inside the cabin when it happened and they remained unharmed. The wave did damage their tracking beacon however so their position can’t signaled through. The support vessel Aurora is on its way to supply substitute oars and a new beacon and should reach them today or tomorrow, if all goes well. has reached them and supplied them with new oars. They are on their way again!

Patience is a virtue, but they are still in high spirits and still in the race. From the 17 boats 6 have already retired from the race.

Bertie did a radio interview yesterday for Kent BBC, he sums up nicely all the setbacks they’ve had to endure. Listen to it here.

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The good news is that a total of £350,000 ($540,000) has been raised. We are thrilled to announce that the combined efforts of, and have raised $20,000 so far!


A wonderful video shot by James’ uncle about the start of the race back in December.


And the second start four days later.


You can make a direct donation to Facing The Atlantic here :

Please note: add the code TB4FTA (True Blood for Facing The Atlantic) to the note of your donation so we can keep track of how much was donated by True Blood / Stephen Moyer fans.




Written by Shadaliza

Shadaliza loves the Internet, film and TV shows, writing, running websites and charity fundraising; she has found the perfect combo in the fansites to express her creativity and passion. Shadaliza is Dutch, but has lived in Italy for many years and works as Marketing Executive for an Internet hosting company.

2 Comment responses

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    January 06, 2012

    Thanks for providing the videos (I’d seen them earlier since I visit the journey website fairly often). Just finished listening to the radio interview. Thanks for that as well. I’m so glad Bertie and James are on their way again. I hope they have several sets of new oars. I’m assuming they have a new tracking beacon as well.

    God bless them, and Godspeed. I hope all their problems are behind them now.

    That’s a fabulous amount of money raised. I’m delighted to read that the combined efforts of AllStephenMoyer, The Vault and SimplyMoyer have raised $20,000 for Facing the Atlantic.


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    January 07, 2012

    So brave!


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