After several false starts, the Woodvale Ocean Rowing Challenge finally got underway today, with the original Atlantic Rowing Race launching from the Canary Islands, located just off the coast of northwest Africa. The contestants, competing in solo, double, and quadruple person categories, will now race to Antigua in the West Indies of the Caribbean Sea.
The competitors will be carrying supplies for up to three months at sea, as they row the more than 2550 miles across the ocean, burning as much as 10,000 calories per day. All told, there are approximately 30 boats competing in the event, with the teams with two and four members rowing non-stop, 24/7, to reach the finish line.
You’ll be able to follow along on the action at the race’s official website, and through the (what else) Twitter feed at @AtlanticRowRace. On the website, you can track team progress, view photos, and get the latest news on events happening out on the water. For a more personal look at what is happening, check out the personal blog of Pete Van Kets, a South African competing in the solo category.
The race was actually set to get underway in mid-December, but thanks to continued waves of bad weather, the start was postponed multiple times. It seems like the weather window has finally opened however, and these tough, adventurous rowers, are now out on the water, and steaming towards the heart of the Atlantic.
Good luck to all involved.
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