We continue to track Dan and Will's every move via the Yellowbrick App and patiently watch the clock tick down to 12:00, 16:00 and 20:00 before clicking refresh to see how the 'orange arrow' is progressing!
It was disheartening at the beginning to see the boys and all the other teams drift back towards La Gomera losing what looked like three days of hard work in what was one of the worst storms in the history of the Atlantic Challenge. Hearing that three teams have had to pull out of the race during early stages reminds us all that this challenge is extremely difficult and capsizing can happen to any crew at any time. We were glad when the trade winds begin to push the guys along a bit which gave them the push they needed to get up some serious speed.
Following the race is certainly addictive. At work I have the Atlantic Row Twitter feed, the Yellowbrick site, as well as all the teams blogs up on my screen. It's difficult to get any real work done while this event is going on. My wife, mother and Dan's girlfriend have set up a group text which has messages flying around all day sharing snippets of information!
It makes me feel extremely guilty whenever I head to the pub or watch some trash on TV in the knowledge that Dan and Will and all the other teams have at least another 20 or so days of hard rowing ahead of them without any of the luxuries of home to keep them going. It was a strange Christmas not having Dan at home, but we all looked forward to the phone call from the boys on Christmas Day.