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Weather:

For the northernmost crews the southerly winds have had a detrimental impact over the last 24 hours – pulling them to the north and west (pictured and available to view on the race tracker).  These teams include Coventry Five-0, Rowing4Rascals, Atlantic Answer and Thrift Energy amongst others.  Despite this setback, these teams can comfort themselves with the knowledge that this strong southerly wind is due to die down by Monday allowing them to move at a faster rate westward – which should get them back on track.

Teams that are further ahead in the fleet have managed to escape these strong winds and are now beginning to reap the benefit of the easterly tradewinds.

Rower update:

Ocean Reunion (fours) continue to lead the fleet and the concept class with an impressive 510 Nautical Miles under their belts whilst Atlantic Challenge (pairs) are not far behind.  All Beans No Monkeys (fours) remain at the top of the leader board for pure class boats.

However it’s worth noting the progress of Row Like A Girl (fours) who in the last 24 hours have racked up a stonking 45 nautical miles, more than any other team, suggesting that their strategy to take a strong southerly route at the start, unlike the other teams, is really paying off and should see them moving up the leaderboard over the next few days.  Lauren’s experience from the last race clearly working well for this team.

Atlantic Lions (fours) reported an enjoyable Christmas day – despite issues with their steering and difficulties sleeping.  They took two hours off as a team to celebrate with Santa hats, music, gifts and calls back home.  See their blog here.

Atlantic Castaways (pairs) meanwhile seem to have acquired a friendly shark (who they’ve named James) who has been following their boat along with a seagull (Jeffrey) and a turtle.  And Atlantic Challenge have kept the animal spotting going – with a humpback and blue whale already sighted.  They also managed to catch a fish within the first day of leaving La Gomera!

All teams have reported that the challenge has started to take its inevitable toll on their bodies: with hands , bums and legs feeling the pain of the past few days of constant rowing and minimal sleep.  All we can say is keep going strong (especially those northernmost crews impacted by the change in wind direction) and keep the news coming!

Weather:

For the northernmost crews the southerly winds have had a detrimental impact over the last 24 hours – pulling them to the north and west (pictured and available to view on the race tracker).  These teams include Coventry Five-0, Rowing4Rascals, Atlantic Answer and Thrift Energy amongst others.  Despite this setback, these teams can comfort themselves with the knowledge that this strong southerly wind is due to die down by Monday allowing them to move at a faster rate westward – which should get them back on track.

Teams that are further ahead in the fleet have managed to escape these strong winds and are now beginning to reap the benefit of the easterly tradewinds.

Rower update:

Ocean Reunion (fours) continue to lead the fleet and the concept class with an impressive 510 Nautical Miles under their belts whilst Atlantic Challenge (pairs) are not far behind.  All Beans No Monkeys (fours) remain at the top of the leader board for pure class boats.

However it’s worth noting the progress of Row Like A Girl (fours) who in the last 24 hours have racked up a stonking 45 nautical miles, more than any other team, suggesting that their strategy to take a strong southerly route at the start, unlike the other teams, is really paying off and should see them moving up the leaderboard over the next few days.  Lauren’s experience from the last race clearly working well for this team.

Atlantic Lions (fours) reported an enjoyable Christmas day – despite issues with their steering and difficulties sleeping.  They took two hours off as a team to celebrate with Santa hats, music, gifts and calls back home.  See their blog here.

Atlantic Castaways (pairs) meanwhile seem to have acquired a friendly shark (who they’ve named James) who has been following their boat along with a seagull (Jeffrey) and a turtle.  And Atlantic Challenge have kept the animal spotting going – with a humpback and blue whale already sighted.  They also managed to catch a fish within the first day of leaving La Gomera!

All teams have reported that the challenge has started to take its inevitable toll on their bodies: with hands , bums and legs feeling the pain of the past few days of constant rowing and minimal sleep.  All we can say is keep going strong (especially those northernmost crews impacted by the change in wind direction) and keep the news coming!

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