Martin Berka from Team Gallagher says the crew is coping well.
Interviewed on day 18 of their epic row across the Tasman Sea from Sydney to Auckland, he told Radio New Zealand National's Jim Mora that the team's journey has not been without its fair share of dramas, complete with bad weather, broken gear and blisters galore.
"We're coping very well today. We're having some great swells going in our direction, as well as the wind, so we're hoping we can row as much as we can."
The forecast for the next few days looks very good. "Hopefully we don't have to make any stopovers with the weather beating us down as we had in the first two weeks. Hopefully we'll be home just after Christmas if we're lucky".
A broken oar, broken rudder, electricity problems with the water generator are just some of the problems they've encountered so far. However, they have been repaired.
"The blisters are big and everywhere!" says Martin, "Actually, to our surprise, our hands are better at coping with the blisters than our backsides unfortunately."
"Sleep is sparse. We're currently rowing one and a half hours on and one and a half hours off and there's quite a few chores to do when you're not rowing. But we get enough sleep and we're really motivated to get home - we take whatever we get."
The sea anchor has been out a lot - nine days out of 18 in fact. "It's been a really big battle with weather but we're really hoping to not have to use it anymore or as little as possible"
Despite the setbacks, there has been quite a few highlights so far. "There's been a lot of joy on board, mostly the wildlife. Every day we see magnificent albatrosses. We've been hoping to see sharks but none spotted so far. The sunrises, sunsets, sea colour which changes all the time is really wild and we're really loving it."
Day 10 was the tenth anniversary of Sir Peter's Blake's death, James Blake's Dad as well as the anniversary of Andrew McCowan's mother's passing. "It was a very special day, a sombre day. We celebrated it in our way and it was a good day for the team."
"The forecast changes every couple of days but we're hoping, if it stays this way, we'll only have one or two more days on sea anchor for the next ten days. The biggest challenge, other than the weather, is rounding Cape Reinga which hasn't been done in a row boat before. We'll need all the advice we can get from oceanographers and meteorologists. There are a few shallow spots near the coast of New Zealand which may cause freaky wave conditions in particular weather - we'll try to avoid those."
Will they be the fastest across the Tasman? "If the weather co-operates, we're hoping to beat the record set in 2007 by Steve Gates and his team of four Australians rowers completed the crossing from Hokianga Harbour to Sydney Harbour in 31 days. Now we're not going to Hokianga but we're passing through the similar latitude and longitude so can compare ourselves to their time. We're certainly hoping to beat them - there's some friendly rivalry going on."
He thanked Kiwis for their messages of support.
“We really, really value it and it's great to hear support from people back home. It's really uplifting especially when we have bad days of weather."