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The Atlantic Rowing Race 2005 is one of the world's toughest nautical challenges and the ultimate test of mental and physical strength and endurance. This gruelling 2,550 nautical mile ocean rowing. race started from La Gomera, Canary Islands, on Sunday 27th. November 2005, and will finish sometime in early February, 2006 in Antigua, West Indies.
Twenty Six team entries from around the world are competing against each other on equal terms across three different classes: solo, pairs, and fours.
This is the 4th Atlantic Rowing Race, the first being held in 1995.
The website(s) for this race http://www.atlanticrowingrace.co.uk/ are fantastic and some library somewhere should be archiving this (Anyone interested?). Not only does the Race have a terrific site featuring a position map, daily updates, and history, it also has links to the urls of all the teams. Many of the competitors are keeping daily blogs that are really amazing. Take today's entry from solo rower Chris Martin (now keep in mind he is rowing in the middle of the Atlantic):
The Atlantic is big. It’s really big. Unfortunatly for me I’ve only just realised how hugely large and vast it actually is.
The waves over the past few days have been really strange. Not very big. (There isn’t much wind to make them large either) and they seem to be moving a lot slower than they have been in the past. Either that or my brain is slowing down…
This is the most bizarre race. If you want to catch the crew in front a push must last days or weeks not just strokes. 40 miles from the next boat doesn’t sound like much but it could take a week or so to catch that crew depending on how fast they are going. It’s crazy I tell you. Maybe I should have been paying more attention at the start but the problem for solos is that we have to sleep sometime, and then the boat goes anywhere it wants to. It’s strange to look back on the start of the race. It seems such a long time ago. Chris Martin's Blog