While the attention has focused on the front of the fleet, there is plenty of action further back too. Here is an update from Atlantic Campaigns Duty Officer Ian Couch from across the Atlantic:

20th JANUARY – DAY 38. A lot can happen in 2 days! Since my last update Latitude 35 have finished and collected a number of records in the process, but meanwhile the rest of the fleet continue their progress to Antigua.

As I am sure everyone has seen – the speeds and daily mileages are fluctuating enormously but the weather is generally pretty good with following winds and seas and forecasts showing at least another 10 days of this. Some of the crews are still hampered by no decent, strong winds and speaking with ROW 4 JAMES today they said it was a real slog, but all were in good spirits and healthy (they have not even opened the med kit yet!).

The battle between the trios is interesting. AMERICAN OARSMEN are eating up the miles and having an excellent row whilst maintaining a sense of humour! A ADVENTURES, due to power issues, have been rowing with only one person on the oars whilst one hand steers and the other rests. They are also rationing water. Despite this they are making good miles and still have a daily joke for the DO when we call them – though some are so bad it could result in disqualification! FACING IT are maintaining a great course and for all the trios the end is now rapidly approaching.

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SOULOGAV continues his great performance pushing to finish not just as the first solo but third overall. Based on latest predictions there is going to be a fairly close finish for 6 of the crews all coming in within a week, but estimates can change.

FRESH DENTAL continue to adhere to the plan and demonstrate that they paid close attention to everything they were taught, as they follow a good course and strict routine, setting them up for a fast crossing.

ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR have had a tough time with illness and mechanical issues but they are now back in a routine with the 3rd highest daily mileage.

ELAINE HOPLEY has broken out more Christmas cake and loud music to give herself a push! The light winds and heat are making rowing hard going but she continues to make some great miles – 57 in the last 24 hours which is a great distance for a solo rower (second furthest overall in the last 24 hours!).

32 NORTH remain the calmest, most laid back crew when they answer the DO calls! They are doing well and embracing the experience.

At the rear of the fleet DARYL and DIMITRY are left with over 1700 miles to go but are making progress. The enormity of the challenge can seem overwhelming and the isolation of being in a solo boat can weigh heavily but we are watching and talking with them ensuring that they maintain perspective.

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 While the attention has focused on the front of the fleet, there is plenty of action further back too. Here is an update from Atlantic Campaigns Duty Officer Ian Couch from across the Atlantic:

20th JANUARY – DAY 38. A lot can happen in 2 days! Since my last update Latitude 35 have finished and collected a number of records in the process, but meanwhile the rest of the fleet continue their progress to Antigua.

As I am sure everyone has seen – the speeds and daily mileages are fluctuating enormously but the weather is generally pretty good with following winds and seas and forecasts showing at least another 10 days of this. Some of the crews are still hampered by no decent, strong winds and speaking with ROW 4 JAMES today they said it was a real slog, but all were in good spirits and healthy (they have not even opened the med kit yet!).

The battle between the trios is interesting. AMERICAN OARSMEN are eating up the miles and having an excellent row whilst maintaining a sense of humour! A ADVENTURES, due to power issues, have been rowing with only one person on the oars whilst one hand steers and the other rests. They are also rationing water. Despite this they are making good miles and still have a daily joke for the DO when we call them – though some are so bad it could result in disqualification! FACING IT are maintaining a great course and for all the trios the end is now rapidly approaching.

Inside 1

SOULOGAV continues his great performance pushing to finish not just as the first solo but third overall. Based on latest predictions there is going to be a fairly close finish for 6 of the crews all coming in within a week, but estimates can change.

FRESH DENTAL continue to adhere to the plan and demonstrate that they paid close attention to everything they were taught, as they follow a good course and strict routine, setting them up for a fast crossing.

ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR have had a tough time with illness and mechanical issues but they are now back in a routine with the 3rd highest daily mileage.

ELAINE HOPLEY has broken out more Christmas cake and loud music to give herself a push! The light winds and heat are making rowing hard going but she continues to make some great miles – 57 in the last 24 hours which is a great distance for a solo rower (second furthest overall in the last 24 hours!).

32 NORTH remain the calmest, most laid back crew when they answer the DO calls! They are doing well and embracing the experience.

At the rear of the fleet DARYL and DIMITRY are left with over 1700 miles to go but are making progress. The enormity of the challenge can seem overwhelming and the isolation of being in a solo boat can weigh heavily but we are watching and talking with them ensuring that they maintain perspective.

Inside 2

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