Less than 5 days to race start and all the 12 boats entering the 2016 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge are going into the water. The wind has picked up considerably, and with a breeze from the straight south, sea trials were delayed on Friday 9th, as it would have been a challenge for the teams to make it into the ocean without going too close to the steep rocks on the Western coast of La Gomera.

Meanwhile, secrets are leaking as to what will happen out in the ocean in the coming weeks. Scottish solo-rower ELAINE HOPLEY tells us she will be growing an avocado tree while rowing along. The AMERICAN OARSMEN team will be drinking olive oil to increase the daily calorie intake. While LATITUDE 35 has a toilet seat fitted on their bucket and lots of US-UK banter is currently being expressed as to how best to use it! We can also reveal that the girls on ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR will be bringing fancy dress with them for their Christmas party at sea (to complement the Santa hats that all team members are being given by TALISKER WHISKY). Finally, the FACING IT team will be proudly flying their highly visible South African flags across the ocean.

 

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Elaine Hopley looking forward to some gardening in the ocean. 

 

Also in the harbour this morning, we bumped into WILL WHITEHEAD and MARK BROWNJOHN quizzing duty officer IAN COUCH about race specifics. Will and Paul are part of TEAM ZIMBUKTU, which have just ordered their brand new Rannoch R45 boat to take part in the 2017 race. At the moment, more than 40 teams have signed up or shown an initial strong interest in entering the 2017 race!

Will considers himself a born adventurer, having already tried to row from Scotland to Ireland in a rubber dinghy earlier this autumn (he came 5 miles short, after hitting heavy swells off the Irish coast!).  Paul on the other hand will be 60 years old when he embarks on next year’s trans-Atlantic adventure. They are picking up lots of good tips from the current participants and want to secure two more team members to be the first Isle of Wight based team to row the Atlantic.

fullsizerenderIan, Mark and Will discuss next year’s race.

 

Less than 5 days to race start and all the 12 boats entering the 2016 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge are going into the water. The wind has picked up considerably, and with a breeze from the straight south, sea trials were delayed on Friday 9th, as it would have been a challenge for the teams to make it into the ocean without going too close to the steep rocks on the Western coast of La Gomera.

Meanwhile, secrets are leaking as to what will happen out in the ocean in the coming weeks. Scottish solo-rower ELAINE HOPLEY tells us she will be growing an avocado tree while rowing along. The AMERICAN OARSMEN team will be drinking olive oil to increase the daily calorie intake. While LATITUDE 35 has a toilet seat fitted on their bucket and lots of US-UK banter is currently being expressed as to how best to use it! We can also reveal that the girls on ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR will be bringing fancy dress with them for their Christmas party at sea (to complement the Santa hats that all team members are being given by TALISKER WHISKY). Finally, the FACING IT team will be proudly flying their highly visible South African flags across the ocean.

 

elaine-hopley-scottish-solo-rower-at-the-start-line-of-the-talisker-whisky-atlantic-challenge-credit-ben-duffy

Elaine Hopley looking forward to some gardening in the ocean. 

 

Also in the harbour this morning, we bumped into WILL WHITEHEAD and MARK BROWNJOHN quizzing duty officer IAN COUCH about race specifics. Will and Paul are part of TEAM ZIMBUKTU, which have just ordered their brand new Rannoch R45 boat to take part in the 2017 race. At the moment, more than 40 teams have signed up or shown an initial strong interest in entering the 2017 race!

Will considers himself a born adventurer, having already tried to row from Scotland to Ireland in a rubber dinghy earlier this autumn (he came 5 miles short, after hitting heavy swells off the Irish coast!).  Paul on the other hand will be 60 years old when he embarks on next year’s trans-Atlantic adventure. They are picking up lots of good tips from the current participants and want to secure two more team members to be the first Isle of Wight based team to row the Atlantic.

fullsizerenderIan, Mark and Will discuss next year’s race.