Firstly, a brief weather update from sea: 25th/26th December sees wind turn from the South. Northern boats may get some West. By the end of the 27th wind turns E and NE and stays until at least 7th Jan. High swell gives fast conditions.

So! Christmas is almost upon us A time for turkey, gifts, and most importantly, family. But instead of wrapping presents and preparing for the big dinner, 26 teams of rowers have very different priorities this Christmas Eve.

They’re spending Christmas Eve rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic. 2 hours on, 2 hours off, our teams have a long stretch ahead of them. Having set off just 5 days ago, with an expected 40-90 days to complete their journey, Christmas is looking very different this year!

But, as our rowers are raising money for some fantastic causes, the lack of pigs in blankets and leftover turkey is a little easier to swallow.

Just this morning, our all-amputee team Row 2 Recovery  made a live radio call to David Fitzgerald at BBC Radio Devon!

Lee reported that they’re currently about 400 miles south of La Gomera heading towards Cape Verde, and the windy conditions want to blow them West. Most of the other boats have started to go West already but their game plan is to go hard toward the South as quickly as possible, with the hope of picking up the trade winds from Africa to the Caribbean.

He also commented that they have plenty of food, plenty of water, but not enough sleep! Their routine consist of 2 hours on, 2 hours off, with a 3 hour shift at night. Down time involves eating, sleeping, then removing the salt from their bodies to prevent salt sores, then it’s back to the grind!

“The sea is very choppy, very hard going. Everything is wet,  making the simplest tasks really hard. But! That’s what makes it what it is. It’s an adventure! If it was easy that’s not what it would be would it?”

Lee even got the chance to say hello to his wife Claire, wishing each other a very Happy Christmas.

For the whole interview, visit BBC Radio Devon and skip to 1 hour 15 minutes in to the show.

Firstly, a brief weather update from sea: 25th/26th December sees wind turn from the South. Northern boats may get some West. By the end of the 27th wind turns E and NE and stays until at least 7th Jan. High swell gives fast conditions.

So! Christmas is almost upon us A time for turkey, gifts, and most importantly, family. But instead of wrapping presents and preparing for the big dinner, 26 teams of rowers have very different priorities this Christmas Eve.

They’re spending Christmas Eve rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic. 2 hours on, 2 hours off, our teams have a long stretch ahead of them. Having set off just 5 days ago, with an expected 40-90 days to complete their journey, Christmas is looking very different this year!

But, as our rowers are raising money for some fantastic causes, the lack of pigs in blankets and leftover turkey is a little easier to swallow.

Just this morning, our all-amputee team Row 2 Recovery  made a live radio call to David Fitzgerald at BBC Radio Devon!

Lee reported that they’re currently about 400 miles south of La Gomera heading towards Cape Verde, and the windy conditions want to blow them West. Most of the other boats have started to go West already but their game plan is to go hard toward the South as quickly as possible, with the hope of picking up the trade winds from Africa to the Caribbean.

He also commented that they have plenty of food, plenty of water, but not enough sleep! Their routine consist of 2 hours on, 2 hours off, with a 3 hour shift at night. Down time involves eating, sleeping, then removing the salt from their bodies to prevent salt sores, then it’s back to the grind!

“The sea is very choppy, very hard going. Everything is wet,  making the simplest tasks really hard. But! That’s what makes it what it is. It’s an adventure! If it was easy that’s not what it would be would it?”

Lee even got the chance to say hello to his wife Claire, wishing each other a very Happy Christmas.

For the whole interview, visit BBC Radio Devon and skip to 1 hour 15 minutes in to the show.