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After a few quiet days, Antigua eagerly awaits the arrival of The Cranial Quest tomorrow! The American pair have less than 50NM left to row, and we expect to see them at about lunch time (GMT) tomorrow. Keep an eye on their progress on their Facebook page.

Now, Callum of Waterbabies Row may not have come first in the race, but we’re pretty certain he’s won the TWAC beard competition! You can check out his bushy voyage on Facebook, and find out a little more about his race progress too. With less than 100NM to row, Callum is expected to be arriving on Wednesday.

If this year’s race has taught us anything, it’s that anybody can achieve greatness. It’s not just the fantastic all-amputee team Row2Recovery that have set the standard, but also Yorkshire Rows, 4 (extra)ordinary Mum’s who took up rowing as a hobby and struck up a lasting friendship with each other. They remain at sea, and although they’re now hand-steering due to some technical issues on board, with less than 500NM left to row they’re fantasizing about burgers and fries, ice cream, fresh fruit and spag bol. Bit of a theme there, don’t you think?

An Ocean Tide has slowed the Thrift Energy boys down a little in the last few days. They’d rowed South in the hope of missing it, but the ocean had other ideas and followed them. On a positive note, they’ve broken the 500NM barrier also, and expect to arrive some time next week. Keep rowing, guys!

With just 10 teams remaining at sea, the dot-watching continues on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge race tracker. Click here to join in, and don’t miss a moment!

Just 500 miles from the finish, Row2Recovery expect to arrive in Antigua in 6 days time. We predict their arrival to be very emotionally-charged, as the team will be the first all-amputee crew to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Cayle Royce spoke with ITV News yesterday, and told them the three things he’s most looking forward to are a shower, a pina colada and a soft pillow!

To anybody who’s been following Team Beyond on their journey, and is local to Franklin, Tennessee, you’re invited to a welcome home party for Phil on 12th Feb! Head to the Facebook event for more details.

With the youngest all-female team (RowLikeAGirl)less than 50NM from Antigua, how are the other all-female team in the race doing? Yorkshire Rows have had a couple of bumps and knocks that meant the nurse in skipper Janette has been out to tend to the medical needs of the crew. But thankfully nothing serious! Despite a few difficult days, the ladies have adopted a positive attitude to help them through: “We have decided that whatever happens on this boat we will always be “GLAD”, so now when one of us says it’s too hot we will follow it with – I’m glad though because it means the sun is on the solar panels and giving us power”. That’s the spirit! You can read more on their progress here.

Atlantic Drifters are still having issues with their communications, but our Support Yacht has visited them and can confirm that spirits and morale were high. And with less than 300NM left to row their Antiguan dreams are about to become true!

Waterbabies Row managed to squeeze in a new blog post, which he tweeted a few days ago: Here’s today’s blog post: Today I went rowing and it was very similar to yesterday and the day before that.” Do we detect a hint of sarcasm, Callum?!

After more than 5 weeks at sea, Pure Four Atlantic Lions have reached their biggest milestone to date – less than 1000 miles to go. The boys have got a great update for us, including the various ways in which they’ve lightened the boat (to increase speed) and a list of ailments that you can read about at your own risk!

MERLIN’S BEARD! Sorry, we meant Callum’s beard, (Pure Solo Waterbabies Row) seems to be developing at an unstoppable rate. Concerns are growing that it may surpass Harry Potter’s Hagrid if this continues! Beard milestones aside, Callum has now reached the halfway point, and is making great progress to Antigua. He’s received some amazing support from family and friends on Twitter, which has really helped motivate him during some of the difficult moments.

Happy Australia Day, to Shane of Pure Pair Team Hesco! With only 500NM left, give Shane and Theo a G’Day by continuing to send your best wishes of support over on their Facebook page.

Caitlin and George of Concept Pair The Cranial Quest got a nice surprise this morning when they had their first encounter with a non race-related vessel: “Just got passed by a sailboat from France! They were very friendly and asked if we needed food or water.” The pair were very excited!

Atlantic Castaways are starting to encounter “traffic” on the ocean now, having seen a yacht yesterday and a cargo ship that was approaching them from behind – luckily not on a collision course. They’re getting close!

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.

3,000 miles of vast ocean to cross is a daunting task, but what makes the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge one of the world’s toughest endurance events is not the miles, not the blisters or the sea-sickness, or even the sharks and storms – it’s the pressure of being alone in the vast Atlantic Ocean. Today we’re giving you a summary of what the solo rowers have endured and enjoyed during their journey so far.

Stuart Connacher of Facing It rowed an incredible 82.8NM in 24 hours yesterday! For a solo rower, this is no mean feat. Congratulations on such a triumphant achievement Stuart!

Greg Maud of Sea Rover has been blogging when possible, and we even have a recording of a satellite phone conversation with the duty manager where he described his journey so far:

“I mean I’ve certainly had moments of extreme lows, asking why the hell am I out here, to times when you’re rowing under a beautiful clear sky at night saying this is just fantastic. I’ve had three visits from pods of dolphins, I’ve seen some game fish as well. It just gives you a little uplift for a while. So emotionally it’s a real rollercoaster ride.”

Evelyn Williams of Atlantic Answer is no stranger to adventure or travel, having already achieved the impossible by running the Marathon de Sables. Taking to the Ocean has been a sporting challenge like no other and an opportunity for Evelyn to test his wits against mother nature. By day 30, Evelyn has already covered 1250 nautical miles, and today has 1620 nm yet to row.

Steve Murphy of Atlantic Endurance is the oldest solo competitor in this year’s race, proving that at 57, anybody can lead an active, fulfilling and healthy lifestyle and push themselves to limits they never believed imaginable.

Here are some facts from Matteo’s (Sogno Atlantico) time at sea so far, according to a recent blog post:

“Matteo has cleaned the bottom of the boat twice, this means two dips in the sea (he remains attached to the boat with a safety line at all times and has a ladder to get out of the water).Despite the cold weather back home, its about 30C and higher for Matteo so he has used 15 bottles of suncream so far. Matteo will have eaten 155 freeze dried meals combined with snacks, and will have consumed approximately 186,000 calories since he left (This is the equivalent to 366 Big Mac’s or 1,476 glasses of wine – in 30 days!) However he is expected to have burnt nearly 250,000 calories through all the rowing to date.”

Callum Gathercole of Waterbabies Row has had some luck on the wildlife front, with dolphins surrounding his boat yesterday. Unfortunately he wasn’t quick enough to snap a photo…maybe next time! Callum has had plenty of thrills along the way, especially when he had a near-miss with a cargo ship. you can read more on that here.

Some stunning examples of grit and determination amongst the solo rowers of the 2015 race. We can’t wait to see what the next week brings, when the rowers start to ramp up their competitive game.