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2016-12-14T11:00:00+0000
December 14th, 2016

In case you missed it, here’s a pick of some of the news across the fleet during their fourth week at sea.

“WHOAAAA! WE’RE HALFWAY THERE!” The Cranial Quest celebrate this milestone, Bon Jovi style…

Row2Recovery received a very Royal phone call yesterday, from none other than Prince Harry himself! This did wonders to motivate the team, who are all amputees and arguably facing the toughest conditions in the race. Find out more about that and other famous supporters from yesterday’s blog post.

RowLikeAGirl have had a testing week, as technology has worked against them! In other news, the girls have now listened to Justin Timberlake enough times to really hear the words. And they’re not too happy about them! Have a look at what they’ve been up to over on their Facebook page.

Atlantic Lions estimate that they should arrive in Antigua around 7th February! They’re currently rowing at 2.7 knots, in 35 degree heat and with 1100 miles left to go.

A very sun-bleached Callum of Waterbabies Row got a surprise yesterday, when he received a radio call from the Talisker support yacht, just metres away from him! His selfie shows his appreciation at seeing other humans for the first time in a month.

Square One Atlantic have now reached their halfway point. They were also finally blessed with a sighting of wildlife following a heavy downpour. A pod of 6 dolphins!

Atlantic Buoys share a similar dream to the other rowers – some decent food and sleep in a bed!

Team Wadadli have been slowed down slightly by the descent of light winds. They hope that cleaning the barnacles off the boat today will help speed them along a bit. However the boys are seeing the challenge as a life event, with “beautiful sunsets, stars, satellites, shooting stars, sunrises, wildlife and general adventure” more important than the competitive element.

Rowing 4 Rascals managed a blog post yesterday, and explained that the first 10 days were not as productive as they’d hoped, as sea sickness preventing them from eating anything during that team, making attempts on the oars rather feeble. They are feeling disheartened at knowing their finish position won’t be as strong as they wanted, but know that the race is an incredible challenge and that they’ll feel they’ve still achieved something amazing. Check out their Q&A blog post here.

Thrift Energy got another radio appearance on BBC Newcastle, where they recounted a terrifying moment with a cargo ship! Skip to 12 minutes in to hear the full story.

For more updates from sea, watch our latest video, with satellite phone calls and unseen footage of the teams.

Day 5: Row 2 Recovery Phone Home

Firstly, a brief weather update from sea: 25th/26th December sees wind turn from the South. Northern boats may get some West. By the end of the 27th wind turns E and NE and stays until at least 7th Jan. High swell gives fast conditions.

So! Christmas is almost upon us A time for turkey, gifts, and most importantly, family. But instead of wrapping presents and preparing for the big dinner, 26 teams of rowers have very different priorities this Christmas Eve.

They’re spending Christmas Eve rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic. 2 hours on, 2 hours off, our teams have a long stretch ahead of them. Having set off just 5 days ago, with an expected 40-90 days to complete their journey, Christmas is looking very different this year!

But, as our rowers are raising money for some fantastic causes, the lack of pigs in blankets and leftover turkey is a little easier to swallow.

Just this morning, our all-amputee team Row 2 Recovery  made a live radio call to David Fitzgerald at BBC Radio Devon!

Lee reported that they’re currently about 400 miles south of La Gomera heading towards Cape Verde, and the windy conditions want to blow them West. Most of the other boats have started to go West already but their game plan is to go hard toward the South as quickly as possible, with the hope of picking up the trade winds from Africa to the Caribbean.

He also commented that they have plenty of food, plenty of water, but not enough sleep! Their routine consist of 2 hours on, 2 hours off, with a 3 hour shift at night. Down time involves eating, sleeping, then removing the salt from their bodies to prevent salt sores, then it’s back to the grind!

“The sea is very choppy, very hard going. Everything is wet,  making the simplest tasks really hard. But! That’s what makes it what it is. It’s an adventure! If it was easy that’s not what it would be would it?”

Lee even got the chance to say hello to his wife Claire, wishing each other a very Happy Christmas.

For the whole interview, visit BBC Radio Devon and skip to 1 hour 15 minutes in to the show.