NT: Where are you at the moment?
ED: At the moment, we are 911 miles away from Antigua, 17 degrees north of the equator and 44 degrees west of Greenwich.
NT: What have been the high and low points of your journey so far?
ED: The sunrises have been beautiful. But we have had some really frightening storms where we have had to take cover for 36 hours at a time.
Because the salt gets everywhere there is a real danger of our skin breaking down. Because we have to row in shifts there is also a big problem with sleep deprivation.
NT: Have you had to use your nursing skills?
ED: I had to insert an IV line into my rowing partner. She was so seasick for the first week that she got dehydrated. It was quite a challenge in the middle of the Atlantic.’
The discipline of working night shifts has also helped the nurses stick to a gruelling rowing schedule of alternate one-hour shifts. It has given us mental discipline.’
NT: When do you hope to arrive?
ED: We are aiming to arrive between 10 and 14 February, which is about 10-14 days later than we expected because of the bad weather.
Interview by Richard Staines