Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Start to row across Atlantic postponed

Some of the boats being readied in the marina of
San Sebastian de La Gomera last week
The start of the world's toughest rowing race, the 2015 edition of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which was due to have taken place in San Sebastian de La Gomera today has been postponed until the weekend (see previous post). 
On Sunday an official race farewell party was held when rowers, friends, family and race organisers gathered in La Gomera to celebrate the efforts of the entire 2016 fleet and to wish them well.
There were successful rowers from past races and an announce­ment that the teams had already raised over €1.6m for charity before the race had even begun.
However today race organisers have taken the decision to officially delay the race start due to the strong southerly winds and Atlantic swell. If the rowers had left as planned today it was considered there was a significant risk that their boats would be pushed too far north.

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