Six weeks ago the Atlantic Rowing Race crews rowed out of the harbour – two boats have now finished and the race for 3rd place is getting tighter and tighter as the solo boat of Gav Hennigan is getting reeled in by the American Oarsmen trio.
A week ago Gav was ahead of the Americans by around 80 miles – that lead is now under 14 miles with 477 to go – it will be a tough call to stay ahead. Imagine the facts of that – 42 days at sea, 2,062 miles rowed and you are just 14 miles apart and less than 500 to go – that will be brutal and exciting for the next 10 days or so!
Comparatively speaking only a few miles further back the race is also on between the Brits on board Fresh Dental Challenge and the Saffers of Facing It who lead them by just 30 miles with 546 to go.
Next up is the British trio of A-Adventures and the lads on board must be looking over their shoulders with the four British girls on board Atlantic Endeavour only 63 miles behind and 607 to the finish – anything is possible.
There is a step out to the female solo of Elaine Hopley with under a 1,000 miles remaining – that is still one. thousand. miles. who is 260 miles ahead of American pair 32 Degrees North.
Then we are into the back marker solos who amazingly keep battling away and are being hammered by the weather showing boat speed of just 0.5knots for Rossiters and 0.8 knots for Rowers Ark who remarkably have just 2.9 miles between them for distance to finish.
It will be incredible if they go get in as at that rate of progress they are still looking at being out there for another 70 days….compared to Elaine Hopley’s and Gav Hennigan’s solo efforts it makes you think they must have had some serious issues as that pace is not much more than drifting. Food must become an issue at the very least…