Day 25 to Day 30 aboard Victory
THE RACE IS ON!
During our last 5 day update we mentioned about catching up with Atlantic Discovery. Well, ever since then we’ve been racing them day and night. We over took them, they over took us and now we’ve over taken them again! All the while we’re closing in on South African team MAD 4 Waves. 40nm is all that separates all three of us and all battling for 4th place.
With the front 3 teams way out in front, managing to break away when the rest of the fleet were caught in the low pressure systems earlier on in the crossing, our race is now for 4th place.
With under 700nm left to go the race is still very much alive and the finish order far from decided for 4th - 6th place.
Aboard Victory our routine has stepped up another notch. We’re now rowing 3 up (3 rowers rowing, 1 rower resting) for as long as possible each day/night. We then switch into 2 hours on, 2 hours off to recharge before going again. It is relentless!
With the whole of Yorkshire watching and the support of all of our families, friends and sponsors we are giving every day, shift, stroke on the oars 100% effort.
A phrase we have coined as a team is ‘Atlantic Maths’. We’re always all so fatigued, often sweltering in the midday sun and hungry too. This leads to the simplest of tasks being surprisingly complicated. Take the simple task of working out a new shift rotation and who is on when, who is resting when or how far we have rowed in the last shift, day or week .... out here it’s like being in an 'A' Level maths test.
With all of us now locked out of our Spotify accounts we’re down to our iTunes music and our audiobooks Audio books have actually been really popular amongst the team. Will has now finished ALL of the Harry Potter books Duncan has listened to Mike Tyson’s, Guy Martin’s and Jason Fox’s audio books/ autobiographies. Glyn has listened to a series of books about Alexander the Great. Fraser has been working his way through 86hours worth of Sherlock Holmes.
Letters from home have been a real morale boost at this stage in the Expedition. It’s been over a month at sea now so opening carefully written letters from loved ones has been amazing.
We had the pleasure of seeing support yacht SY SKYE this week. She was making her way through the fleet checking up on the crews and making sure everything’s running according to race rules.
With only an estimated 10 days left aboard Victory before we arrive in Antigua it is now more than ever we ask you for your help by supporting our two chosen charities; The Royal British Legion and "Soldier On!". If you can then please donate. Every donation makes a big difference. You can donate through our website or by texting 70070 with the code ROWV59 followed by the amount. Many thanks in advance for all of your support for our amazing charities.
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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.