DATE: 10/12/2015

DAILY RACE REPORT:

It is now a rather terrifying 5 days until the race start, which is currently scheduled for the 15th December.  26 crews (62 men and women) and their accompanying vessels have all arrived over the past couple of weeks and are now well settled in the port of San Sebastián La Gomera, Canary Islands: the starting point for this most epic of challenges.

For the time being the sun is shining, winds are calm and the teams are all in good spirits despite some understandable nerves beginning to kick in.  As well as using the last few days to spend precious time with friends and families, rowers have also taken the opportunity in La Gomera to do some lengthy training rows, including overnight trips, which have exposed several technical niggles as well as, in some cases, severe sea sickness.

These preparation weeks are the team’s opportunity to work closely with the Atlantic Campaigns crack team of experts: ranging from doctors to duty officers to water maker and navigation experts in order to fix the technical and alleviate the physical problems so that they and their boats are all fighting fit for the start line.  For example those afflicted by sea sickness have been encouraged to spend the next few nights sleeping in their boat cabins, and generally to take as much time as possible on board, to try and recover before they start the row.

Head Duty Officer, Ian Couch, has been incredibly impressed with the level of preparation and dedication he has seen from this year’s fleet, declaring them “the best prepared in the history of the race with a level of competition and focus that has not been seen before.  Crews have spent many hours on the water preparing for this challenge of a lifetime and now, here in San Sebastian, they are focusing on making last minute adjustments before their crossing.”

That’s it for today … more updates on the teams’ preparations tomorrow.

DATE: 10/12/2015

DAILY RACE REPORT:

It is now a rather terrifying 5 days until the race start, which is currently scheduled for the 15th December.  26 crews (62 men and women) and their accompanying vessels have all arrived over the past couple of weeks and are now well settled in the port of San Sebastián La Gomera, Canary Islands: the starting point for this most epic of challenges.

For the time being the sun is shining, winds are calm and the teams are all in good spirits despite some understandable nerves beginning to kick in.  As well as using the last few days to spend precious time with friends and families, rowers have also taken the opportunity in La Gomera to do some lengthy training rows, including overnight trips, which have exposed several technical niggles as well as, in some cases, severe sea sickness.

These preparation weeks are the team’s opportunity to work closely with the Atlantic Campaigns crack team of experts: ranging from doctors to duty officers to water maker and navigation experts in order to fix the technical and alleviate the physical problems so that they and their boats are all fighting fit for the start line.  For example those afflicted by sea sickness have been encouraged to spend the next few nights sleeping in their boat cabins, and generally to take as much time as possible on board, to try and recover before they start the row.

Head Duty Officer, Ian Couch, has been incredibly impressed with the level of preparation and dedication he has seen from this year’s fleet, declaring them “the best prepared in the history of the race with a level of competition and focus that has not been seen before.  Crews have spent many hours on the water preparing for this challenge of a lifetime and now, here in San Sebastian, they are focusing on making last minute adjustments before their crossing.”

That’s it for today … more updates on the teams’ preparations tomorrow.