Day 48 - The team arrived into Antigua at 10am local time after 48 days and 7 minutes at sea. They arrived winners of their division and 2nd in the entire fleet in what can only be referred to as an epic challenge.
"The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is something we feel extremely privileged to have experienced, yet would not have wished upon our worst enemies some of those experiences - we have been through hell and back again out there! Most did not expect us to even get to the start line, we are absolutely delighted to have won the fours & be 2nd out of the entire fleet - it's been epic."
Day 25 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: While the team get excited about the halfway marker news from Locura in 1st position acts as a harsh reminder that the second half of the journey remains equally as challenging, with the added problem of exhaustion. Locura received an unwelcome visitor yesterday in the form of a 6 meter long shark which actually went for their rudder and then their hull causing damage to t heir boat.
Day 6 - ATLANTIC OCEAN:
Waves reported to be 35ft with high winds and strong drift. The Atlantic Polo Team are cabin tight and sitting it out, due to pick up the oars again and close the gap from Wednesday onwards.
3 day's to race day - La Gomera
Down at the boat today we began to make a start on the work in the hatches needed but a heavy and persistent rain put a stop to this, so we abandoned work on the boat to avoid getting water in all the storage compartments unnecessarily. We retreated back to the apartment, and saw to some team admin, which was very worthwhile.
4 day's to race day - La Gomera
We awoke to a breeze through the window but it became quickly apparent that this breeze was actually a very persistent and strong on shore wind, and not conditions one wants to row an ocean rowing boat in (while we have the choice), and all rowers were told they weren’t able to get on water which was a disappointment for all.
5 day's to race day - La Gomera
Cris Rossiter had made the trip out to assist in items which needed finishing on the boat. Such as fitting the satellite phone antenna to the cabin roof (therefore allowing us to get reception without having to hold the phone out of the cabin door), removing some trimming from the deck so the life raft would fit neatly, and fitting extra stays to the gates to ensure they are securely fastened.
6 day's to race day - La Gomera
Today was all about getting the boat in the water. Something we had been trying to do for nearly a couple of days now. There were still of course errands to be done on the boat... we procured two untanalised sheepskins from a farm in Devon which, over the last couple of days, have found their way into the cabin to afford some small comfort when learning the GPS and setting things up in the main cabin. Today was the day when they had to be cut up into small, rowing seat sized shapes. These will be a life saver (well, bum savers to be specific!) over the row, as they will be placed on the padded seats we have.
7 day's to race day - La Gomera
Today was a quieter day, being Sunday at the Marina, so we took the opportunity to do some housekeeping. Reflective film was carefully applied to the hatches to keep some of the heat of the sun out and a general tidy up of our area in the dock, and the boat itself. Next week we have various courses most of which on crisis management and how to operate and fix the all important water making machine fitted in the boat.
11 day's to race day - La Gomera
We all walked down to the boat, on yet another beautiful sunny day. Work began without delay on yet more food preparation, this time 'snack packs'/ This is comprised of two Tracker bars, two flapjacks (high protein), protein powder sachet, biltong, three flavoured carbohydrate/isotonic sachets, two chocolate bars (Snicker/Galaxy/Twix/Mars etc), Haribo, and nuts.
12 day's to race day - La Gomera
The alarm goes at 7.30 am and we have much to achieve today, so after some quick admin at the apartments, such as buying last minute items like waterproof iPod straps, car charger for the handheld VHF radio etc, we head on down to the marina.