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waiting waiting…

It occurred to me that we’ve gone a bit quiet on the blog and facebook page and I thought I’d better update you all on what’s been happening in the background.

Puffin is looking great – in the last few weeks Frazer has got the new oars done and I’ve finished and fitted the new rudder and tiller and varnished the gunwhales about a billion times.  The swallows in the shed are doing their level best to redecorate the new paintjob with many small, post-modern additions and so we’ve moved her to Norman’s shed to fit the buoyancy bags and finalise the seating.

The main hold-up and reason that we’re going nowhere fast is that the production guys that have been filming us for the last wee while have been pitching their taster video (which I hope to be able to upload here soon for you all to enjoy/laugh at us) to a couple of channels to see if they want to commission a programme.  They’ve done a fantastic job and have generated considerable interest but that inevitably means lots of extra work for them and a bit of a nightmare in terms of planning for us.  I think we’ll get some news either good or bad in the next week or so which I’ll share with you without delay dear reader.

Our initial plan was, of course, to start at some point in May but given the level of winds that we’ve been experiencing in the last month I’m actually a bit relieved that the TV element has pushed back the start!  I’m looking forward to the Mediterranean Summer that’s bound to start any day now…..

scottish summer

Media Interest!

Those of you who were at Port Seton Regatta on Saturday can’t have failed to notice some professional-looking media types (identifiable by leather jackets and expensive kit) asking awkward questions, making you sign your life away and filming the races.  We’re really excited that a production company are undertaking some test filming to see if we’re interesting enough to follow around Scotland (I may have to push Frazer out of the boat every so often to maintain drama levels and we might have overplayed the likelihood of octopus-attack a bit).  It’s by no means a done deal and we’ll hear in the next few weeks whether the project ticks the right boxes or not.

We’ve had a couple of days of filming with them and they are a really lovely bunch of people who have been very gentle with us.  Thanks to the Boatie Blest regatta organisers for letting us bring them along and to all the rowers who said nice things about the challenge in their interviews.  We were really chuffed with the positive feedback and are delighted that so many of our rowing friends are keen to take part at various stages of the route.  Some of them got over-excited on camera and promised to row hundreds of miles with us.  We’re going to hold them to that :-)