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Our time at sea

By Dan Howie | March 26th, 2014 | Department: Atlantic Row 2013 | Categories: News, The Team, Crossing


We have rowed 2,757 nautical miles from La Gomera in the Canaries to English Harbour in Antigua, here are just a small minority of our ups and downs throughout this journey.

‘TEN MINUTES UNTIL YOU’RE ON THE OARS MATE!’ is not a sentence I have missed hearing since we finished the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Indeed we have now been back on terra firma for just over two months and the row now seems like a distant memory. We spent 53 days taking it in turns to row in two hour shifts. When you think about it that’s a very long time to do nothing but eat, sleep, row, repeat!

Life has now returned to normality and it feels as though we never left in the first place. Luckily we have this video to remember it all by. Thank you Jellyfish!

I can confirm however that it is so nice to now have so much free time these days! We must have spent a good five hours, on top of our day jobs, doing rowing stuff in the build up to the race.

How times have changed. This weekend I have a poker night with my friends and I’ll probably have a fair few beers at the same time, all safe in the knowledge that I don’t have to go and risk it all on the high seas in a few months. The freedom and relief is amazing. A soft bed is amazing. Running water is amazing.

Having said that there is definitely a big void in my life now the row has been and gone but for the time being I’m happy filling that with seeing friends and family and enjoying just doing normal things. Maybe that will change over time. Who knows!

Enjoy this snap shot of what life was like on board - and I promise we don’t usually cry that much!

Look out for our next video, being released next week.

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Tags: Atlantic Row 2013, Atlantic Challenge, Talisker Whisky, Atlantic Ocean