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 47: The last night at sea for APT - the moment they have been waiting for has finally arrived. The drinks orders are in and family and friends await with excitement.

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Day 46: APT just 68 miles from their dream. Frustrated that they are still are not quite there yet and so hot they cant even contemplate the cabin, but still rowing strong.

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Day 45: APT are now 140 miles to the finish line and remain flat out to maintain the 21 mile gap with Row 2 Recovery as a comfort zone.

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Day 44: APT have just 200 nautical miles remaining and are hopeful for a late Monday arrival.

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Day 43: APT have just 264 miles remaining and can look forward to the next milestone due in around 100 miles time - the glow from the horizon.

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Day 42: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT continue to row hard in order to build a larger gap with Row 2 Recovery, with 20 miles now in it.

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Day 41: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are in fine spirits although continue to question if they are too far South as they battle with the waves.

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Day 40: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are keeping hold of their position in what feels like the longest countdown ever to the end and where anything can still happen.

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Day 39: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are celebrating reaching the 500 miles to go marker, and although happy with the 17 mile gap between 1st and 2nd position in their class they are not resting for a minute.

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Day 38: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT continue to power ahead and currently have a 12 mile gap with Row 2 Recovery.

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Day 37: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT have been pushing on with the hope of creating a greater distance between themselves and Row 2 Recovery and now have a 9 mile gap after getting dangerously close to losing their position.

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Day 36 - BOAT BLOG: APT have been slogging it out on the oars but have also spent time reflecting on the high and low points of the trip.

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Day 35: ATLANTIC OCEAN: The pressure is on as APT are back to waves breaking over the boat and are very aware of the narrowing gap between fleet buddies Row 2 Recovery.

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Day 34: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are very focussed on the weather changing at midnight tonight.

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Day 33: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are powering ahead with  Row2Recovery hot on their heels and very aware of the distance between them.

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Day 32: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT have created a 16 mile gap and are holding onto their 1st position out of the class of fours.

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Day 31: ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT say 'we are on it and we know what we need to do. We are knackered because we wanted to create a gap between us and Row 2 Recovery so the pressure is on.

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Day 29: ATLANTIC OCEAN: During the early hours of the morning the team finally got their nose in front of Row to Recovery with 2.1 miles in it, moving from third to second position in the fleet.

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DAY 28 - BLOG FROM THE BOAT: James Glasson has called through this morning to recite a blog he would like to share. 

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DAY 27 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT would like to wish everyone a very HNY.

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Day 26 - BLOG FROM THE BOAT (Ferg): We are doing well and feeling positive after having some of the messages from facebook sent to us, so thank you from all of us for the ongoing support.

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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.

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Day 24 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: Business as normal for APT who continue to hold a strong third position in the fleet.

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Day 23 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: Just days away from the 'halfway' marker the team are looking forward to this major milestone.

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Day 22 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: Boxing Day and a moment for the team to reflect that this is the first and last Christmas they will ever spend at sea in a 7 meter rowing boat.

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DAY 21 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: Merry Christmas from the Atlantic Polo Team who say don't get your tinsel in a tangle today,

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DAY 20 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: It was the night before Christmas and Bobby told  BBCGloucestershire  today that it was not one man overboard, but two...

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DAY 19 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT's Henry Brett made his interview on BBC Radio Oxford today which can be heard again by following this link  http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01n1hmk  about 2.38 in.

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DAY 18 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT continue to hold their own maintaining 3rd position in the fleet and 2nd out of the class of fours.

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DAY 16/17 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are third out of all boats in the fleet and have rowed the most distance out of the fours, pairs and solo classes.

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DAY 15 BOAT BLOG: From Ferg: "An eerily dark night made for precarious but steady progress last night, with one man steering with the waves and winds and the other rowing.

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DAY 14 - ATLANTIC OCEAN:

Despite the 'confused seas' and so called 'Christmas Winds' APT have cracked on and are now 2nd in the fours and 5th in the fleet, climbing back up the leader board.

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DAY 13 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: A rough night for the crew of Tiny Dancer after nearly rolling the boat and losing various items from it.

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 DAY 12 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: 74 nautical miles rowed in the last 24hrs - a personal best as they shoot up the leader board.

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Day 12 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are still on minimal power due to cloud cover but, quote "we have our competitive edge still and that is what is keeping us going but it is very lonely out here".

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Day 10 - APT are holding a firm position and still rowing in rough and extreme conditions.

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DAY 9 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: Today is Ferg's birthday! 31 today and rowing 3hrs on, 3hrs off with Henry for the duration of it.

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DAY 8 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT are back on track and although low on power due to 100% cloud cover and having to use their hand held water maker to pump water supplies are rowing hard - at one point 4.3 knots.

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DAY 7- ATLANTIC OCEAN: News had come from the boat in the early hours of the morning that they were going into their third night in the air tight cabin and losing power so planning to row in the afternoon.

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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. 

DAY 5 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: 

APT and the entire fleet have had to deploy the parachute anchor again only five days into the 35-55 day endurance race.

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Day 4 - BOAT BLOG

We could write a million words to describe what has happened in the short time at sea so far.

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DAY 4 ATLANTIC OCEAN: APT have been battling out toward the South rowing 13 nautical miles in the last 24hrs - 2 pairs 3 hours on and 2 pairs 3 hours off.

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Day 3 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: 

The team deployed their para anchor early into the trip on day 3 due to winds to help maintain position.

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DAY 2 - ATLANTIC OCEAN: News from the boat is that all is well and weather is being kind.

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It is a matter of days until our 16 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge teams set off on the journey of a lifetime. Messages of support from around the world are coming in and with such a large task in front of them it is only fitting we share a message from someone who has faced a similar challenge before, Sir Chay Blyth.

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Henry was whisked straight to an interview with a radio station. We then had to head quickly down to a competitor briefing by the race officers on the start procedure.

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Atlantic Campaigns, the race organisers have made a decision to postpone the race start from Monday to Wednesday due to weather conditions.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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8 day's to race day - La Gomera

Lanyards were fitted to the oars, which will ensure they are secured to the boat in case of capsize or any such event. The life jackets were signed off by the scrutineers as they remained suitably inflated for 24hours.

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9 day's to race day - La Gomera

We awoke to a beautiful Gomerian morning. Today was a very important day and especially the first part as we had our scrutineering booked in for 11am sharp. This would be the pass or fail for the culmination of the last 4 days.

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10 day's to race day - La Gomera

Our fourth day on the island started a little later than normal. After two days of tedious food and snack bag provision packing we decided to kick the day off at 9 am. 

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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.

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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. 

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13 day's to race day - La Gomera

Our first day in La Gomera and we were delighted to greet Tiny Dancer this morning, by the water where she belongs and lined up against 15 other boats already in situ.

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