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Breaking news! The Cranial Quest have determined which snacks they like and dislike:

“We are sick of: trail mix, peanut butter crackers, and granola bars. We love: fruit snacks, mini muffins, gold fish, poptarts, and chocolate of any kind!”

OK, so hardly breaking news. But when you’re 30 days in to a gruelling 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day row, with nothing but the ocean and up to 3 other people for company, it’s the little things that keep you motivated! The Cranial Quest have also achieved their best time today, 64NM, which is around 3-4NM more than their previous best days. Brilliant news!

Now today is no regular Monday. It’s what social media has coined as “Blue Monday”, AKA the most depressing day of the year. Pay day is still another week away, those Christmas bills have started dropping through the letterbox, it’s cold, urgh. Luckily, such problems are a distant memory for our rowers. However, their version of it comes in the form of the perpetual stretch of ocean that surrounds them. Throw in a few handfuls of blisters and yet more freeze-dried meals and you’ve got the recipe for a genuine Blue Monday! But it’s these challenges that motivate the crews to carry on, and as it would now take many of them longer to row back to La Gomera than it would to push on to Antigua, we suspect the teams have barely even noticed it’s Blue Monday. Just. Keep. Rowing.

You may have heard a few of the teams telling stories of pesky “flying fish”, hurtling themselves towards the boat to some very comical effects. Solo rower Stuart Connacher of Facing It snapped the photo in our header image above, of the culprits themselves. Here’s what he had to say about them:

“These pesky little buggers are starting to hit some of the rowers and are ending up on deck……. Just miss finding one onboard !!!!! Wow they can stink after 24hrs like you’ve never smelt before !!

Ocean Reunion now have over 2000NM behind them, holding fast to their first position. That leaves just a third of the distance left to row, a brilliant milestone to reach and an incredible motivator for the team. In fact, all of the teams in the top 10 are getting increasingly close to this distance now. We can see some competition beginning to pick up, as the teams jostle for a place in the top 10.

Our fleet are about to enter week 4 of their journey across the Atlantic, and apart from sore bums, a brief encounter with a shark and a few technical hitches.

Atlantic Buoys have checked in with family and friends, with Hamish reporting that “at night the compass has in fact been turning in to a bleeding skull”…ah, that’ll be the sleep deprivation! Aside from a few hallucinations the team are prepared for the predicted bad weather, and feel safe with their old boat and old heads. Read more on that here.

It sounds as though Atlantic Castaways have been having a whale of a time, spotting a pod of Orcas (killer whales) just 20m or so from their boat! Despite a quick scrabble for the GoPro the whales sadly missed their 15 minutes of fame, but we’re sure it’ll be a sight Freddie and Jack won’t forget in a hurry. The guys are now over the halfway mark, and they’re hoping to hold or improve their position (currently 6th in pairs and 8th in all boats) once the wind turns back in their favour. Finally, Jack made a call home today. His family were concerned it would be storm-related, but he actually wanted to remind them to book Coldplay tickets. Good to hear he has his priorities in check! There’s plenty more from Freddie and Jack on their latest Facebook post.

Thrift Energy continue to be blessed with wildlife appearances, uploading two brilliant photos of a pod of dolphins and more marlin yesterday! (Sorry, Atlantic Drifters).

As the 2015/16 race continues to attract media attention, more celebrity support has been rolling in. Presenter, writer and broadcaster Clare Balding from BBC Radio 2’s Good Morning Sunday gave her well wishes to RowLikeAGirl, saying:

“weather permitting, they are well on their way to breaking two world records: the youngest team and the fastest to ever row the Atlantic…we send them our very warmest congratulations for what they’ve done so far and best wishes as they continue on.”

Thank you Clare! You can catch that here, 17 minutes in.