2017 is upon us, and our intrepid fleet of rowers is making terrific progress across the Atlantic! As of Monday 2nd of January at 12:00 noon, the leading boat (LATITUDE 35) was 1,221 nautical miles from Antigua rowing at 2.9 knots, having put 63 nautical miles behind them in the last 24 hours.

While sea and wind conditions can greatly affect progress, the fastest boats do an average speed of about 3.0 knots (or 70 nautical miles within a 24-hour period). Hence, with a calculator we can quickly determine that the winner is likely to hit Antigua sometime during the 19th of January. BUT, it is of course too early to make any solid predictions about that!

Wind and sea conditions in the mid-Atlantic look reasonably stable in the coming days. The trade winds will be blowing from the East all week, at various strengths between 5 knots (light breeze) and 20 knots (strong breeze) and waves will be varying between 2 and 5 meters in height. The leading and most southerly boats will have more ‘breezy’ conditions than those in the back of the fleet. (For those wanting to get a detailed weather picture, we recommend using WINDYTV at http://bit.ly/2iW3dym. By clicking on the bottom and right side of the map, you will see the evolution of the weather pattern in the days ahead).

All of the teams have also been very busy over the New Year’s Eve weekend updating their families, friends and supporters of their adventures. Here is quick synopsis, in descending order of the Leader Board (http://bit.ly/1UXYTMq):

LATITUDE 35

The leading team on the ocean sent this message on December 31th: “Happy New Year to all friends, family, sponsors and competitors! We have 1300 NM to go and cannot wait to see beautiful Antigua on the horizon! With all the power issues and ocean not cooperating, we are in high spirits and truly are enjoying each other’s company on board. Happy New Year!!”

ROW FOR JAMES

The R4J team got terrific exposure on the BBC1 BREAKFAST programme this Monday 2nd of January. A long feature with video-footage from the ocean and live interview with BBC presenter Dan Walker was aired at 7:20AM and 8:55AM. To see the whole thing, simply click on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38482825

SOULO GAV

As number three in the Race, Irish rower Gavan Heningan seems to really be enjoying his experience. He posted a terrific picture on his Instagram account (which you can see here: http://bit.ly/2ipAMfh ) and joyfully said: “First sunrise of 2017 out here on the Atlantic, a third of the way through this epic journey. I’ll be out here for at least another month, couldn’t think of a better way to start off another bumper year of action packed fun and pushing myself, if your goals don’t scare you they aren’t big enough!” Gavin also seems to be getting some terrific media-coverage. He did a great interview with BBC RADIO 5 LIVE last week, which you can listen to at this location: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04n2hq6

FACING IT

Our South-African team are rowing for THE SMILE FOUNDATION in South Africa and on New Year’s Eve they posted this message to all of us: “To the 1722 followers on our page! Tonight when all are celebrating New Year’s Eve with family and friends please raise your glasses to our boys out there at sea, remembering why they are doing it! Happy new year to everyone! all the way from the big Atlantic blue!”. The Smile Foundation is a South African non-governmental organization that does some terrific work with a holistic health care vision for children with facial conditions. To learn more, you can view their promo at this location: http://bit.ly/2i27Tmg

FRESH DENTAL CHALLENGE

We are catching quite a few updates from ‘the dentist rowers’ on their website: This is their latest post from December 29th: “So Justin and Azud have now been out there in The Atlantic for 15 days and have really settled in to the environment. Boxing Day there was a special treat for them when roughly 30 whales casually passed them, not paying much attention. The support yacht has paid them a quick visit and it sounds like they have no concerns with the Fresh Dental boat and crew which is a good vote of confidence. They also took some photo’s which should be sent through shortly so we can publish them for you. There have been some issues to contend with:
The water maker/ desalinator has broken down a couple of times, one time quite majorly on Christmas Day but on both occasions they have managed to repair it. It is not a complete deal breaker if it becomes unfixable as they do have a manual one on board but that would become very labour intensive. They have also been suffering with the red sand and dust blowing off the Sahara-desert. This causes problems for the generation of electricity as the solar panels constantly need cleaning and the sun is also not as strong due to clouds.
All is going well though with 812 nautical miles completed and 1,872nm to go”. Justin was also on BBC RADIO DEVON during the holidays, you can listen to his chat with BBC’s Matt Woodley on this link: http://bbc.in/2i20Jyq

AMERICAN OARSMEN

The Texas rowers appear to be having a terrific time, despite some sore bodies. They have tweeted: “Happy new years from the FUTURE! we are at least 5 time zones ahead of the entire USA. …Creating new seat pads from a variety of materials we have… it’s getting a bit achy down there. …At least a dozen ghostly fish joined us around 5am to school. shining our lights at them they revealed sky blue bodies with bright green fins”.

ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR

Our all-female crew sent this tweet on New Year’s Eve: “A Happy Naked New Year from the girls somewhere in the middle of Atlantic Ocean!!!” The day before, they all jumped in the water and gave their boat ELIDA a good clean. You can see all the action in their post on their Facebook page at: http://bit.ly/2hGY78d

A-ADVENTURES

Andy, Andy and Andrew sent a lovely New Year’s Eve video to all of their families, fans and followers. You can watch it in full on their Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2iZn6bU

TEAM HOPELY

Solo rower Elaine Hopely sent us this message New Year’s Eve: “Happy New Year from almost a third of the way! The last two days Row; Eat, Rest, Repeat!” and on Monday 2nd she followed up with an additional message “Heading southwest and more winds changing north-northwest! This will slow progress when it happens however until it does heading 234 degrees. Every morning at 10am is milo coffee, biscuits and fishing. No catch yet but I am a patient person and lots of time. Watch this space for the big catch”.

32° NORTH

Americans Kurt and John seem to be encountering quite a bit of wildlife in the mid-Atlantic. On New Year’s Day they sent this message “Kurt and John were greeted into 2017 by a Fin Whale! Cheers from the Bonny Rey!” They also included a picture which you can see at this location: http://bit.ly/2iHdsra On the same day, their land crew also posted this on their blog: “Happy New Year! In our first check-in of 2017, Kurt and John Schwartz are at 20º 39.13 North/27º 21.36 West, having traveled 762 nautical miles since first putting oars to water at 12:05 UTC on Dec. 14th. They have 1,963 miles to go, which puts them on target to arrive at Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua on March 2nd, in time for lunch”. You can see more at: http://bit.ly/2iAqsBD

ROSSITERS

Dmitry Rezvoy rudder problems continue. He was visited by the support boat for the Race last week, and they were able to help him install an interim fix that has put him back on track and rowing in the right direction. The support team are now looking at how to come up with a more permanent solution. Watch out for further updates!

ROWERS ARK

Daryl Farmer rounds up the back of the fleet. Here is the exciting update posted on his Facebook page on New Year’s Eve: “NEWS FLASH: I am so EXCITED to tell you something SPECIAL I can’t actually wait till 2017!! All I can say is whoever is out there watching out for my hero…. THANK YOU! Daryl sent me the best text ever today, I received this at 18:23…’guess who just got woken up by dolphins!!!’ He said he was having a snooze after his first genuinely ‘good’ day of rowing and a bit of sun! He came in for a rest and was woken by some squeaking noises that he said he immediately knew weren’t from his boat!” You can read the full update here: http://bit.ly/2ipSe3o

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2017 is upon us, and our intrepid fleet of rowers is making terrific progress across the Atlantic! As of Monday 2nd of January at 12:00 noon, the leading boat (LATITUDE 35) was 1,221 nautical miles from Antigua rowing at 2.9 knots, having put 63 nautical miles behind them in the last 24 hours.

While sea and wind conditions can greatly affect progress, the fastest boats do an average speed of about 3.0 knots (or 70 nautical miles within a 24-hour period). Hence, with a calculator we can quickly determine that the winner is likely to hit Antigua sometime during the 19th of January. BUT, it is of course too early to make any solid predictions about that!

Wind and sea conditions in the mid-Atlantic look reasonably stable in the coming days. The trade winds will be blowing from the East all week, at various strengths between 5 knots (light breeze) and 20 knots (strong breeze) and waves will be varying between 2 and 5 meters in height. The leading and most southerly boats will have more ‘breezy’ conditions than those in the back of the fleet. (For those wanting to get a detailed weather picture, we recommend using WINDYTV at http://bit.ly/2iW3dym. By clicking on the bottom and right side of the map, you will see the evolution of the weather pattern in the days ahead).

All of the teams have also been very busy over the New Year’s Eve weekend updating their families, friends and supporters of their adventures. Here is quick synopsis, in descending order of the Leader Board (http://bit.ly/1UXYTMq):

LATITUDE 35

The leading team on the ocean sent this message on December 31th: “Happy New Year to all friends, family, sponsors and competitors! We have 1300 NM to go and cannot wait to see beautiful Antigua on the horizon! With all the power issues and ocean not cooperating, we are in high spirits and truly are enjoying each other’s company on board. Happy New Year!!”

ROW FOR JAMES

The R4J team got terrific exposure on the BBC1 BREAKFAST programme this Monday 2nd of January. A long feature with video-footage from the ocean and live interview with BBC presenter Dan Walker was aired at 7:20AM and 8:55AM. To see the whole thing, simply click on this link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38482825

SOULO GAV

As number three in the Race, Irish rower Gavan Heningan seems to really be enjoying his experience. He posted a terrific picture on his Instagram account (which you can see here: http://bit.ly/2ipAMfh ) and joyfully said: “First sunrise of 2017 out here on the Atlantic, a third of the way through this epic journey. I’ll be out here for at least another month, couldn’t think of a better way to start off another bumper year of action packed fun and pushing myself, if your goals don’t scare you they aren’t big enough!” Gavin also seems to be getting some terrific media-coverage. He did a great interview with BBC RADIO 5 LIVE last week, which you can listen to at this location: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p04n2hq6

FACING IT

Our South-African team are rowing for THE SMILE FOUNDATION in South Africa and on New Year’s Eve they posted this message to all of us: “To the 1722 followers on our page! Tonight when all are celebrating New Year’s Eve with family and friends please raise your glasses to our boys out there at sea, remembering why they are doing it! Happy new year to everyone! all the way from the big Atlantic blue!”. The Smile Foundation is a South African non-governmental organization that does some terrific work with a holistic health care vision for children with facial conditions. To learn more, you can view their promo at this location: http://bit.ly/2i27Tmg

FRESH DENTAL CHALLENGE

We are catching quite a few updates from ‘the dentist rowers’ on their website: This is their latest post from December 29th: “So Justin and Azud have now been out there in The Atlantic for 15 days and have really settled in to the environment. Boxing Day there was a special treat for them when roughly 30 whales casually passed them, not paying much attention. The support yacht has paid them a quick visit and it sounds like they have no concerns with the Fresh Dental boat and crew which is a good vote of confidence. They also took some photo’s which should be sent through shortly so we can publish them for you. There have been some issues to contend with:
The water maker/ desalinator has broken down a couple of times, one time quite majorly on Christmas Day but on both occasions they have managed to repair it. It is not a complete deal breaker if it becomes unfixable as they do have a manual one on board but that would become very labour intensive. They have also been suffering with the red sand and dust blowing off the Sahara-desert. This causes problems for the generation of electricity as the solar panels constantly need cleaning and the sun is also not as strong due to clouds.
All is going well though with 812 nautical miles completed and 1,872nm to go”. Justin was also on BBC RADIO DEVON during the holidays, you can listen to his chat with BBC’s Matt Woodley on this link: http://bbc.in/2i20Jyq

AMERICAN OARSMEN

The Texas rowers appear to be having a terrific time, despite some sore bodies. They have tweeted: “Happy new years from the FUTURE! we are at least 5 time zones ahead of the entire USA. …Creating new seat pads from a variety of materials we have… it’s getting a bit achy down there. …At least a dozen ghostly fish joined us around 5am to school. shining our lights at them they revealed sky blue bodies with bright green fins”.

ATLANTIC ENDEAVOUR

Our all-female crew sent this tweet on New Year’s Eve: “A Happy Naked New Year from the girls somewhere in the middle of Atlantic Ocean!!!” The day before, they all jumped in the water and gave their boat ELIDA a good clean. You can see all the action in their post on their Facebook page at: http://bit.ly/2hGY78d

A-ADVENTURES

Andy, Andy and Andrew sent a lovely New Year’s Eve video to all of their families, fans and followers. You can watch it in full on their Facebook page: http://bit.ly/2iZn6bU

TEAM HOPELY

Solo rower Elaine Hopely sent us this message New Year’s Eve: “Happy New Year from almost a third of the way! The last two days Row; Eat, Rest, Repeat!” and on Monday 2nd she followed up with an additional message “Heading southwest and more winds changing north-northwest! This will slow progress when it happens however until it does heading 234 degrees. Every morning at 10am is milo coffee, biscuits and fishing. No catch yet but I am a patient person and lots of time. Watch this space for the big catch”.

32° NORTH

Americans Kurt and John seem to be encountering quite a bit of wildlife in the mid-Atlantic. On New Year’s Day they sent this message “Kurt and John were greeted into 2017 by a Fin Whale! Cheers from the Bonny Rey!” They also included a picture which you can see at this location: http://bit.ly/2iHdsra On the same day, their land crew also posted this on their blog: “Happy New Year! In our first check-in of 2017, Kurt and John Schwartz are at 20º 39.13 North/27º 21.36 West, having traveled 762 nautical miles since first putting oars to water at 12:05 UTC on Dec. 14th. They have 1,963 miles to go, which puts them on target to arrive at Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua on March 2nd, in time for lunch”. You can see more at: http://bit.ly/2iAqsBD

ROSSITERS

Dmitry Rezvoy rudder problems continue. He was visited by the support boat for the Race last week, and they were able to help him install an interim fix that has put him back on track and rowing in the right direction. The support team are now looking at how to come up with a more permanent solution. Watch out for further updates!

ROWERS ARK

Daryl Farmer rounds up the back of the fleet. Here is the exciting update posted on his Facebook page on New Year’s Eve: “NEWS FLASH: I am so EXCITED to tell you something SPECIAL I can’t actually wait till 2017!! All I can say is whoever is out there watching out for my hero…. THANK YOU! Daryl sent me the best text ever today, I received this at 18:23…’guess who just got woken up by dolphins!!!’ He said he was having a snooze after his first genuinely ‘good’ day of rowing and a bit of sun! He came in for a rest and was woken by some squeaking noises that he said he immediately knew weren’t from his boat!” You can read the full update here: http://bit.ly/2ipSe3o

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