Date: 11.12.2015

The sun has been shining again today in La Gomera – with most of the teams basking in shorts and flip flops, although the Antiguans, Team Wadadli (huddled in jumpers and trousers), declared that they couldn’t wait to paddle away from these “freezing” shores to the warmth of their island home!

Preparations are continuing apace.  It is estimated that during the expedition the fleet will use 840 bottles of sun lotion, over 15,000 wet wipes, all in addition to the 50+ days of food per person (at least 5,000 calories per day) that they are required to pack.  So you can imagine the gargantuan task of stocking the boat – although this is something that most of the teams have now completed, well in advance of the race start.  The focus is now on daily training, continued technical improvements and mental preparation for the formidable challenge ahead.

Friendly rivalries are most certainly developing between teams – with pairs’ teams Team Beyond and Atlantic Challenge being touted as potential strong candidates in their class as well as plenty of healthy competition in the fours’ class from the young men in Atlantic Lions, All Beans No Monkeys and Atlantic Reunion: although there is some concern that Team Wadadli will pip them to the post with their extensive marine knowledge and experience – despite their more advanced years (67,74, 50 & 29) – and their eagerness to get to hotter climes!

More to come tomorrow … over and out.

 

 

Date: 11.12.2015

The sun has been shining again today in La Gomera – with most of the teams basking in shorts and flip flops, although the Antiguans, Team Wadadli (huddled in jumpers and trousers), declared that they couldn’t wait to paddle away from these “freezing” shores to the warmth of their island home!

Preparations are continuing apace.  It is estimated that during the expedition the fleet will use 840 bottles of sun lotion, over 15,000 wet wipes, all in addition to the 50+ days of food per person (at least 5,000 calories per day) that they are required to pack.  So you can imagine the gargantuan task of stocking the boat – although this is something that most of the teams have now completed, well in advance of the race start.  The focus is now on daily training, continued technical improvements and mental preparation for the formidable challenge ahead.

Friendly rivalries are most certainly developing between teams – with pairs’ teams Team Beyond and Atlantic Challenge being touted as potential strong candidates in their class as well as plenty of healthy competition in the fours’ class from the young men in Atlantic Lions, All Beans No Monkeys and Atlantic Reunion: although there is some concern that Team Wadadli will pip them to the post with their extensive marine knowledge and experience – despite their more advanced years (67,74, 50 & 29) – and their eagerness to get to hotter climes!

More to come tomorrow … over and out.