"We arrived in La Gomera a few days before the scheduled start only to be told that bad weather had delayed the race until later on in the week."
"It was a bit disappointing to know we would not be able to stick around for the start of the race and properly wish the boys farewell, it must have been so frustrating for Dan & Will given that they had already spent two weeks in La Gomera preparing. The boys seemed to take it all in their stride and saw it as an opportunity to be even more prepared.
Not long after we arrived, we were whisked into a briefing by the Atlantic Challenge organisers for family and friends of the rowers. During the briefing they explained the support structure for the teams and how information would be conveyed to them. This was so helpful and allowed everyone to ask those niggling questions. I am sure it set many minds at ease and saved the rowers being asked endless questions!
The day ended with a massive farewell dinner for all the rowers. We got to meet lots of the other rowers that evening and hear all their inspiring stories. The most interesting was the Road To Recovery rowers. Their relaxed and positive approach to the row and life after such injuries was really quite remarkable. The other inspiring rower was my fellow Aussie, Andrew Abrahams, one of two solo rowers in the challenge. Hats off to him for doing it alone. Particularly loved his catch phrase, “You gotta want it!”
The rest of the time in La Gomera flew by in a flurry of visits to the boat and avoiding the torrential rain that seemed to have settled over the Canaries. It was not long before we were on our way back to London. Of course, this was not before some rather emotional goodbyes from the boys. Whilst it was difficult to say these goodbyes for all, we left with such a massive feeling of positivity about Dan and Will’s chances of winning the race. The boys are so well prepared, their fitness levels are really impressive and their mental tenacity astounding. We all left with the greatest confidence that they would smash the Atlantic Challenge. To use a Dan-ism...Atlantic Row 2013 are EPIC!
Go Dan and Will!
P.S. Can you get tennis elbow in your finger from refreshing Yellow Brick too many times?"