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2016-12-14T11:00:00+0000
December 14th, 2016

After all the excitement of yesterday’s Ocean Reunion arrival in Antigua, we’re turning our attention back to the water to bring you the update on some of the rowers who are still continuing their journey.

Family of solo rower Stuart Connacher (Facing It) request your ongoing messages of support over on Facebook, as he prepares for the last leg of his journey to Antigua! Here you can catch his latest blog post, where he seems to have adopted the attitude of “ce la vie!”

RowLikeAGirl have broken the remaining 100NM, and are now on the home straight! They’re expected in Antigua at midday tomorrow (around 4pm GMT). They are set to become the fastest female crew in the race history to complete the journey!

Square One Atlantic are looking to get to 1000 followers on Facebook – before they hit 1000NM to go! Please help them achieve this, and motivate Sean and Lee to keep going.

American team Caitlin and George of Cranial Quest started a Q&A session today! Head to their Facebook to join in the fun and hear some of the answers they’ve given, including the extent of George’s ever-bushier beard.

Matteo Perucchini of Sogno Atlantico managed a selfie today. The ocean diet is working, but the Italian is concerned about his lack of tan! Matteo is currently set to be the the first solo rower to arrive in the Caribbean, so we’ll be keeping a keen eye on his progress over the coming weeks.

Ocean Reunion Row In To Race History

Concept Four Ocean Reunion crew Angus Collins, Gus Barton, Joe Barnett and Jack Mayhew have broken the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge race record after they arrived in Antigua with a time of 37 days and 9 hours.

The team rowed the tough rotation of 2 hours off, 2 hours on, 24 hours a day to beat the previous race record by 4 days.

Ocean Reunion showed determination and resilience from the very beginning, despite a tropical storm, sleep deprivation, seasickness and agonising salt rash.

Despite the challenges, Joe felt that the race went even better than they’d planned: “Before you leave you have all the irrational fears – like sharks! When you’re out there, you have more rational fears like the water-maker. You think about things more practically.”

Describing the moment they pulled in to the harbour, Gus said “It completely blew us away. We came around the corner and all of us just got goosebumps all over.”

The foursome, all of Uppingham School in the East Midlands, reunited to embark on the notoriously tough challenge, and have emerged with the highest ranking of success.

Following closely behind are RowLikeAGirl, with just over 100NM left to row! Bella Collins is the sibling of Angus Collins, which is a first in the race history. Success clearly runs in the family!

They did it! Congratulations to Joe Barnett, Gus Barton, Jack Mayhew and Angus Collins  from Ocean Reunion, who  were the first out of 26 teams from across the world to step on to Antiguan soil, winning their class in the world’s toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  They have broken the  race record by completing the gruelling 3,000-mile race in 37 days 9 hours and 12 minutes. (The previous best time was 41 days, achieved by Team Locura in 2014).

Skipper Angus Collins commented on their win: “We’re ecstatic to have won the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and this huge welcome in Antigua has blown us away.  It was incredibly tough and we’re so glad it’s over but it was such a fantastic experience.  I wouldn’t do it again in a hurry but if any of these guys asked, I’d absolutely do it again.”

You can send your messages of congratulations over on the team’s Facebook page.

Head to our Twitter page for more photos and welcome messages for the race winners, Ocean Reunion!