Fresh Atlantic Challenge Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge - Fresh Atlantic Thu, 09 Feb 2017 15:56:19 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 25th January 2017 – The fastest boat on the water! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:36:53 +0000 Justin and Azud are currently the fastest boat in the Atlantic row, travelling at 2.9 knots!

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24th January 2017 Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:36:19 +0000 [...]]]> The latest blog has arrived from Justin: –

End of week 6 is upon us and the day started by another whale coming to say hello just as the sun rose up in the distance. For some unknown reason we are attracting the whales. The heat is getting stronger every day and the cabin is our very own sauna. We’re now focusing on upping the miles as we close in on our destination. We’ve decided our handovers need to have a more formula one approach as opposed the current slow motion faffathon that it is now ….can take up to 10 mins by the time you’ve got the seat cushion to fit perfectly around the open wounds down below! We’re still working on uk time out here which is a bit crazy as it now gets dark at 10 pm and light at 10 am but it seems to work. The sky at night is amazing out here now the moon is at its smallest and the stars can light up the sky. We can only hope that the conditions continue to be on our side for the next week or so but I have a funny feeling the Atlantic hasn’t finished with us yet – crossed fingers.

22nd January 2017 – The second boat arrives! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:35:21 +0000  

22nd January 2017 – Update from Atlantic Campaigns

We are happy to announce that today at 11:54 local time (UTC -4) Team Row For James arrived to Antigua after 39 days, 4 hours and 14 minutes – CONGRATULATIONS!

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19th January 2017 – 1000 nm to go! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:34:07 +0000 [...]]]> 19th January 2017

Whilst the first four man crew have arrived in Antigua in a race and world record time, our guys have also passed another physical and psychological milestone. Yesterday the distance to finish went below 1,000 nautical miles and is now currently standing at 945 nautical miles to go. They are maintaining 6th place and are in their sixth week of rowing. Perhaps they will have a new race/world record for the fastest dentists to row the Atlantic.

Some words from Justin from Monday: –

We have finally got the weather we’ve been dreaming of and its great to have wind and waves behind us. Not so strong but enough to really get the oars stuck in and build up the hourly rate. I just did 6 miles in my 2 hr watch so should be hitting sub 1000 in the next day or 2.

We had a whale follow us for 3 hrs yesterday, I’m sure he was just interested to see why we were going so slowly.

We’re getting quite blasé by all of our whale experiences but to be honest I think people cross the Atlantic and don’t see any, weird!

It’s due for more of the torrential rain on Friday – I hope they’re wrong it is a pain.

19th Janaury 2017 – The Winners! Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:33:16 +0000 [...]]]>  

Update from Atlantic Campaigns

We have a Winner! We are happy to announce that tonight at 21:33 (local time UTC-4 hours) Team Latitude 35 Racing, Jason Caldwell, Matthew Brown, Angus Collins & Alex Simpson crossed the Finish Line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2016 setting both a Race and World Record!!
CONGRATULATIONS! Photo credit: Ben Duffy

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16th January 2017 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:53:59 +0000 [...]]]> 16th January 2017

Here are some extracts from Justin’s messages home over the last week: –

Been battered by some strong Northerly winds with a big swell, but had some nice early morning rows with beautiful sunrises. Been thinking about BLT’s from the Guardhouse cafe but trying to stop the thoughts-feeling quite nauseous/weird when thinking of the freeze dried meals, struggling to keep my calories up.

Getting toothache from time to time-not great when miles from tools (except crude ones..)

Had a problem with the collar of the oar which we’ve had to fix.

We had a whale give us an amazing show for ten minutes swimming around the boat and then surfacing high into the air.

Some fantastic night rows with full moon and lovely sunsets, makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have such an opportunity.

Felt terrible last Thursday night thought it was my sinuses but realised I had not really eaten enough, too low on calories trying to get more down. Most unlike me to be off my food..

Just spent two hours in the most wild rain/thunder storm to match anything i’ve ever been in before. Sun now out..
Then the storm came back EVEN worse had a terrible shift 10-1230 at night. Rain biblical and the boat heeled right over, struggled to control the oars or anything else for that matter, lightning was everywhere, hitting the water. Now recovering…

11th January 2017 Mon, 16 Jan 2017 14:53:37 +0000 [...]]]> 11th January 2017

A brilliant update received from Justin:

At midday today we passed ‘our’ halfway point that we had of 1335 nm to go. We decided to celebrate with a swim mid Atlantic. The sea was calm and conditions perfect for a dip. Azud jumped in attached to the boat and thrashed around for 10 minutes. It was amazingly brave considering he really can’t swim. He was full of adrenalin and grinning all over when he got out. I enjoyed the chance to just dive off and feel the freedom from the boat for a bit, I swam down underneath the boat and around it. It was amazing to think how deep it is in these crystal clear waters. I reckon its a swim we’ll never forget again. The weather has now changed in our favour and there’s a nice following breeze with associated seas, so here’s hoping we can make up some lost ground of the last day or 2. its been hard to be rowing so much for such little return. In addition to this we had ANOTHER near miss last night. A huge oil tanker took avoiding action and passed across our stern at about 3am GMT. He was if anything closer than the one the other day. I was asleep but was woken by its engines as it passed so close and Azud seemed quite cool about it because the ship had flashed him as it approached and saw our lights. Can’t believe how close we’ve come twice!

Too much excitement out at sea, going to haver an afternoon nap


10th January 2017 – Halfway! Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:17:26 +0000 [...]]]> Justin and Azud have been in the Atlantic for 27 full days at midday today and they have reached the enormous milestone of halfway.
They have rowed 1376 nm and have 1363 nm to go to arrive at the finish in Antigua.
They are also very close to their £10,000 fundraising target for Rowcroft having a current total of £9,784. It’s not too late to sponsor them.




9th January 2017 Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:16:40 +0000 [...]]]> Another message from Justin has arrived. They’re approaching half way and the weather looks to be changing in their favour again, but for some of the fleet further back it looks like they’re having a tough time from the conditions.

We’ve had quite a bad night.

The boat was being tossed around in big waves under a very dark night with little visibility. A wave caught us and disengaged the auto helm and we spun 180 degrees, which meant we were facing the wrong way in big seas. I got Azud up and we managed to turn the boat around downwind and get her back on track without capsizing her. Azud went back to bed to leave me in pouring rain, strong winds and wild seas for 3 hrs. All in a nights work mid Atlantic – no-one said it would be easy.

Today has been full on beam seas with significant winds 30 -35 knots. Massive swells that take the horizon away and drop you like a stone into the trough before raising you up and the crest of the ridge with huge drops all around. In the last 10 mins a little bit on easterly has appeared and the seas have decreased, Azud is on the oars and being given a chance to power on. Crossed fingers for the next 12 hrs. Its a clear sky and should be a bright moon tonight.

Hope you’re having a nice winters Sat….is a world away from here. Think we may be another good 4 weeks . Who knows but we’re not low or down but resigned to the fate of the ocean rower.

8th January 2017 – Near miss! Update from Justin and Azud Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:16:18 +0000 [...]]]> We saw a huge ship ( a tanker) in the distance coming in our direction. I switched on the AIS which receives and transmits your position to other ships and like wise. It said that the vessel was 2 miles away and closing in at 13.5 knots . This gave us 10 mins to make sure he’d seen us, contact him and/or take action against collision.
I immediately put on the VHF channel 16 and transmitted “ Big ship on course 340 o this is small ocean rowing boat over” I tried 3 times with no reply. Quickly i got the flares out of the bag bright white and orange ones that would help him see us, if anyone was on deck/bridge.
Again on the VHF I repeated my call. Finally after 3 more attempts i got a response and he acknowledged our presence and that he would take action to avoid us. He passed over our bow about 300 metres in front. He wished us a good day and was gone.

Trust me for a big ocean thats a near miss!! I’m not sure if he took action to turn but it did seem so.