Firstly, to note, we are having a few teething issues with our Race Tracker leader board  which is currently showing the wrong country, category and distance for the teams.  We are getting that fixed as we speak and hopefully that should be all tickety boo by tomorrow.  We apologise for this glitch.  If you hover over the boats on the map you will get an accurate picture of who is in the lead, the distance the boats have taken and the course they have set themselves.

As it stands, pairs’ team Atlantic Challenge, Dan and Olly, have made a cracking start – taking the lead amongst the fleet, closely followed by the fours’ team Ocean Reunion.  The fours’ team All Beans No Monkeys (main picture – setting off) are also following up strongly in third place – perhaps we can look forward to an interesting tussle between Ocean Reunion and All Beans?

Interestingly, Row Like A Girl have taken a route that goes deeper south than the other teams, perhaps informed by Lauren’s experience in last year’s race, when those  further north were affected more severely by the storm that hit within a few days of the start (ultimately impacting their crossing time and making it a more unpleasant experience).   We look forward to seeing how this strategy plays out.

As seen in previous years, the race is by no means decided in the first few days, so there is all to play for over the coming weeks and much will depend on the course they set themselves over these first few days.  We will also see those teams who are currently affected by sea sickness start to creep through the fleet as the sickness subsides.

We are having several questions come through the website around the difference between pure and concept class so please look to tomorrow’s blog where we will give you a full breakdown of this.

Last, but by no means least, for those of you that missed the race start live on BBC Breakfast on Sunday (we know you were all glued to your televisions), please watch this video which rather perfectly portrays the emotions of the fleet prior to the race and the incredible atmosphere as they pushed off from La Gomera.  We couldn’t be more in awe of these brave rowers …

 

 

 

 

 

Firstly, to note, we are having a few teething issues with our Race Tracker leader board  which is currently showing the wrong country, category and distance for the teams.  We are getting that fixed as we speak and hopefully that should be all tickety boo by tomorrow.  We apologise for this glitch.  If you hover over the boats on the map you will get an accurate picture of who is in the lead, the distance the boats have taken and the course they have set themselves.

As it stands, pairs’ team Atlantic Challenge, Dan and Olly, have made a cracking start – taking the lead amongst the fleet, closely followed by the fours’ team Ocean Reunion.  The fours’ team All Beans No Monkeys (main picture – setting off) are also following up strongly in third place – perhaps we can look forward to an interesting tussle between Ocean Reunion and All Beans?

Interestingly, Row Like A Girl have taken a route that goes deeper south than the other teams, perhaps informed by Lauren’s experience in last year’s race, when those  further north were affected more severely by the storm that hit within a few days of the start (ultimately impacting their crossing time and making it a more unpleasant experience).   We look forward to seeing how this strategy plays out.

As seen in previous years, the race is by no means decided in the first few days, so there is all to play for over the coming weeks and much will depend on the course they set themselves over these first few days.  We will also see those teams who are currently affected by sea sickness start to creep through the fleet as the sickness subsides.

We are having several questions come through the website around the difference between pure and concept class so please look to tomorrow’s blog where we will give you a full breakdown of this.

Last, but by no means least, for those of you that missed the race start live on BBC Breakfast on Sunday (we know you were all glued to your televisions), please watch this video which rather perfectly portrays the emotions of the fleet prior to the race and the incredible atmosphere as they pushed off from La Gomera.  We couldn’t be more in awe of these brave rowers …