The crew of Oarsome Adventures have had their first cup of coffee since leaving Tower Bridge 48 hours ago! After hours of battling, the watermaker on Boudica has been repaired. Skipper Mikey Buckley also fixed the autohelm, using a piece of the boat’s flagpole.
The Islanders, Hallin Marine and Oarsome Adventures are all safely past Dover, with only eight miles separating the first three boats. Leaders, the Islanders, are currently on world record time with a tail wind predicted tomorrow, creating the perfect conditions for rowing along the South Coast.
As night fell the Islanders had pulled 7 miles ahead of Oarsome Adventures. However Team Hallin Marine and Oarsome Adventures were almost neck and neck off Herne Bay in Kent, Pure Gym were 4 miles behind in 4th place just over a mile ahead of Savoir Faire.
After anchoring near Gravesend Yacht Club Charlene Ayres and Sally Kettle, the Coast Girls, were near Canvey Island 26 miles behind the leaders.
Have a safe night rowers at the end of a brilliant day!
After eight hours the six crews racing in GBRow 2013 were still in the River Thames after starting at Tower Bridge in the heart of London at 8.16 this morning.
The Islanders, a team of four young men, led by adventurer Josh Taylor from Essex, were in the lead off Southend – one mile ahead of Oarsome Adventures, a team of four men and two women from west Wales.
Retired Royal Navy Commander David Hosking’s team, Hallin Marine, were in third place but catching up fast – less than a third of a mile behind Oarsome Adventures.
Savoir Faire – Jason McKinley and Josh Tarr – were ahead of Pure Gym, a team of four skippered by Claire Shouksmith.
Trailing 12 miles behind the leaders after eight hours were the Coast Girls, Sally Kettle and Charlene Ayres in their distinctive red ocean going boat.
For the next four hours the tide in the Thames Estuary will be against the competitors.
Chris Usborne, Race Director of GBRow 2013, said: “The rowers will have to endure the world’s busiest shipping lanes, treacherous tides, live military firing ranges and storms before they return to London.
“The weather for the first days of the race is perfect for setting a world record pace.”
Thanks to South Dock Marina, near Surrey Quays, for agreeing to launch
the GBRow 2013 fleet on May 31. The boats will be lowered into the water at South
Dock at lunchtime on Friday and row upstream on the flood tide to HMS President
ready for the start at 8.15 the following morning. http://www.southwark.gov.uk/info/200065/south_dock_marina
June 1st: just one year to go until the start of GB Row 2013, and interest in the race is hotting up. Five boats have confirmed their entry so far with more in the pipeline. With crews ranging from a female pair through to a mixed 6 crew boat it looks set to be an exciting race. There’s a good chance that new world records will be set and existing ones beaten! There are also several individual rowers who have would like to take part and are looking for a crew to join. If you have a boat and are in need of crew, contact the Race Organiser and we will put you in touch.