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THE RACE IS ON FOR TWAC16
Wednesday 21st December 2016

It’s now day 7 and we are dot-watching in Antigua along with many others cheering on their friends and family currently rowing across the Atlantic in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Currently, Latitude 35 is in the lead and slightly ahead of Row for James, and Team Facing It, with Antigua Resident Wayne Johnson on board, are among a pack following closely behind, leading the Pure Trio Class.

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From Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Monday 19th December:

THE RACE IS ON - DAY 5!

The teams have now been on the open ocean for five long and arduous days. The first few weeks are always some of the toughest and most challenging, but once the reality of their adventure hits home, the seasickness and astonishment are beginning to wear off, and the rowers are starting to adapt to the elements and their strenuous journey ahead.

The leaderboard is taking shape already and Row For James having 8nm less to Antigua compared to Latitude 35 holds the lead on day 5. These two teams are setting the pace for everyone else at an impressive 2.8 knots, equalling 3,2 miles per hour. They are followed by the strongly performing American Oarsmen and an impressive Soulo Gav, the first-placed solo rower. The field is currently being completed by Rossiters, one of the Pure Solo rowers, who has 2469mm left to Antigua.

If you want to follow the contestants’ every row, check out the race tracker. The red line on the map symbolises the shortest possible route between La Gomera and the finish line in Antigua. After circumventing Frontera, to avoid the unsafe and forbidden passing between the two islands, the line follows the “Rhum Line” route directly to Antigua.

As you can see, none of the crews follow this route, as it would take them into the light and variable winds found at this latitude in the middle of the Atlantic. The yellow line represents the satellite tracker units and once a crew has passed thus line, their unit will poll once every 4 hours until they get close to Antigua, where it will poll more frequently as they approach the eagerly awaited finish line.

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