(TheOceans.net) Hes been here before, and he knows it. Alex Bellini has seen enough broken oars, enough rough seas to write daily updates for the next six months.
Thats just the problem daily updates. Alex has Contact 3.0 and like other rowers, he uses the technology to send live images and updates direct from the Atlantic. The Italian rower has sent us some of the best dispatches and pics from the ocean this season.
But theres a dark side to Contact, sort of like Ed TV - the movie of one guys life 24/7 viewers can never get enough.
Fans, media, friends and family have been following Alex's adventure as if they had grabbed an oar and were rowing right beside him.
His inbox is flooded with email and sms each day from adoring fans all over the world, asking him logistical and personal questions non-stop, which he takes the better half of every dispatch to answer personally: Dear Simone, Dear Andrea, Dear Thomas, etc.
Now hes sick of it.
Adoring fans GO AWAY!
Some of you have been asking me, insisting in fact, that I update the website, writes Alex. Well, just so you know I am neither in a position to update nor do I feel like doing it.
Alex hasnt rowed for 12 days. Hes been fighting strong current and 18 knot winds from the NE for nearly 2 weeks. According to the solo Italian rower, it looks as if itll be much of the same for at least another 10 days.
Likelihood of reaching Brazil its a matter of currents he says - and its getting slimmer by the day. Fear has set in and its got me by the throat.
Bugging out with Contact
The situation is serious, he says exhausted and moody. But Im ok, Im not in any danger, lets be clear about that!
His message to fans: Listen up. I hope you all understand why I say that I cant and dont feel like writing on this f*@#*#@# site and I better not have to say it again. Truth is, after 159 days, 3 hrs, 38 min and this being his second attempt who can blame the guy for bugging out?
Ill send updates only, and ONLY when I f#%^^## feel like it OK?!
Alex over and out.
Alex Bellini departed Genova, Italy on September 18th, 2005 for his second attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean (E-W). The 27-year old Italian had attempted a similar route in 2004, ending when technical problems and bad weather forced his boat onto the rocks of Formentera Island, off the coast of Spain.
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