Whilst the 2017 flotilla got started for this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Fraser had the absolute pleasure to spend a day in the company of British Rowing’s Master Coach, Eric Kent, on the Go Row Indoor Workshop. It was a brilliant opportunity to get some top level technique pointers and a great insight in to running a circuit training session for a group on the Concept 2 rowing machines. The group also learned how to teach proper form and technique to newbies as well as helping more seasoned Erg users to refine their technique and achieve a more effective, economical and powerful stroke. Most importantly for the Row4Victory team they also learned how to avoid injury and how to stay safe. The lads will have to all keep an eye on each other at sea to make sure they all stay safe as form is sure to slip when the weather is rough and exhaustion sets in but it’s precisely in these tough times that injury is most likely to occur. With just 12 months to go until the 2018 race the lads are going to be spending more and more time in the gym and on the rowing machines and you couldn’t ask for better instruction on how to make the most progress possible than you get from Eric and the British Rowing team, thanks for the excellent day and the top tips, rest assured Eric, we shall be cracking walnuts with every stroke.
Please can we ask you all to join us in wishing our man, Duncan 'Ducantronasorous Flex' Roy, the very best of luck with his attempt to smash the Mainland to Mainland world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean, which currently stands at 48 Days 4 Hours and 30 Minutes. Duncan is in the final stages of preparation and awaiting favourable weather conditions to set off from the start in Portugal on Friday at 12:00 GMT. As part of Team Atlantic Allies he is Joined by Danny O’Brien, Chris Shirley, Neal Marsh and the standing record holder for this route, the legendary Dutch explorer Ralph Tuijn, who will be Skippering the team. We will all take comfort in knowing he will be taking a little piece of Yorkshire with him as they are rowing “Rose”, the very boat that the awesome Yorkshire Rows ladies set their own World Record in a couple of years ago in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. You two take care of each other!
You can follow Dunc and the team on their TravelMap tracker at https://rowingroy.com/our-progress/ as they row the 3800 miles from Ferragudo in Portugal to the finish in French Guiana. In keeping with the Row4Victory 2018 campaign, Duncan is dedicating his efforts this year to the Royal British Legion as well, you can support them and help to encourage Duncan to dig deep when the going gets tough by donating at https://www.justgiving.com/rowingroy.
Good luck Duncan and all the guys on Team Atlantic Allies, here’s wishing you fair winds and following seas, you’ll smash this!
Here we will be keeping you up to date with all our musings pre, during and post competing in the Atlantic Challenge race that started 12th December 2018.