19/12/2015- All the rowing teams were up early. At 07.30am prompt they met at the race office and after a quick briefing they filed along the promenade and on to the marina where their boats, are moored, waiting patiently to tackle the Atlantic

Beforehand the inflatable race start buoys were taken by rib to the mouth of the marina, where a diver securely fastened them to the seabed, ensuring they were ready for the final row into the ocean before the race start.

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The rehearsal went smoothly, all the boats passed the start line in the correct order, led by the Yorkshire Rows and Row Like A Girl.  The ladies were followed swiftly by Team Wadadli (the only Antiguan team in the race).   Greg Maud a solo rower and one of the two South Africans in the race, was the last to the exit line of the 26 boats.

Though it had been an early start, rather than returning straight to their moorings, most of the teams carried on rowing for few hours in the glorious sunshine of La Gomera

On returning to land in the afternoon, sitting in the sun next to the race office Atlantic Drifters were busy on their iPads enjoying their last afternoon on land until Antigua.  David was adding the other team’s sat nav numbers into their phone, and Tom was writing a simple coloured rota which will be pinned up on the boat, showing who should be rowing and when.  “Best way to stop arguments at sea.”

Both agreed that the early start had been worthwhile, it gave them confidence for the proper start which will be at 08:45am tomorrow, and also gave them the opportunity to talk properly to all the other rowers on the pontoon.  This was their last chance to do this until they meet each other again in about 42 days in Antigua.

 

19/12/2015- All the rowing teams were up early. At 07.30am prompt they met at the race office and after a quick briefing they filed along the promenade and on to the marina where their boats, are moored, waiting patiently to tackle the Atlantic

Beforehand the inflatable race start buoys were taken by rib to the mouth of the marina, where a diver securely fastened them to the seabed, ensuring they were ready for the final row into the ocean before the race start.

BD_TWAC_2015_6057

The rehearsal went smoothly, all the boats passed the start line in the correct order, led by the Yorkshire Rows and Row Like A Girl.  The ladies were followed swiftly by Team Wadadli (the only Antiguan team in the race).   Greg Maud a solo rower and one of the two South Africans in the race, was the last to the exit line of the 26 boats.

Though it had been an early start, rather than returning straight to their moorings, most of the teams carried on rowing for few hours in the glorious sunshine of La Gomera

On returning to land in the afternoon, sitting in the sun next to the race office Atlantic Drifters were busy on their iPads enjoying their last afternoon on land until Antigua.  David was adding the other team’s sat nav numbers into their phone, and Tom was writing a simple coloured rota which will be pinned up on the boat, showing who should be rowing and when.  “Best way to stop arguments at sea.”

Both agreed that the early start had been worthwhile, it gave them confidence for the proper start which will be at 08:45am tomorrow, and also gave them the opportunity to talk properly to all the other rowers on the pontoon.  This was their last chance to do this until they meet each other again in about 42 days in Antigua.