16/12/2015

The sunshine and calm waters in the harbour are very deceptive, just 2 miles out the swells are large enough to make even those with plenty of maritime experience a bit green in the gills.

Last night two boats, Cranial Quest a two-man crew (well one woman and one man),   from the US and Square One, a  two-man crew from the UK took the opportunity to take in some night rowing.

During the six hours that Cranial Quest were on the water, they tested their systems and para-anchors arriving back in the marina around 1:00am.

Whilst Square One, who set off lunchtime yesterday, managed a 21 hour row.   Their journey was circa 15 miles which is good practice but less than 1% of the full race.  But every bit of training helps.  As well as all the necessary tests they managed to cook a meal on board and to feel the strength of the sea as the waves broke across their boat, soaking the team.

We still have hopes that the race start will not be later than this Sunday but as we have said the weather gives no guarantee.

16/12/2015

The sunshine and calm waters in the harbour are very deceptive, just 2 miles out the swells are large enough to make even those with plenty of maritime experience a bit green in the gills.

Last night two boats, Cranial Quest a two-man crew (well one woman and one man),   from the US and Square One, a  two-man crew from the UK took the opportunity to take in some night rowing.

During the six hours that Cranial Quest were on the water, they tested their systems and para-anchors arriving back in the marina around 1:00am.

Whilst Square One, who set off lunchtime yesterday, managed a 21 hour row.   Their journey was circa 15 miles which is good practice but less than 1% of the full race.  But every bit of training helps.  As well as all the necessary tests they managed to cook a meal on board and to feel the strength of the sea as the waves broke across their boat, soaking the team.

We still have hopes that the race start will not be later than this Sunday but as we have said the weather gives no guarantee.