Not far to go for South Devon challenge crew

12:00 14 February 2022

The end of the seventh week of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2021, the World’s Toughest Row, organized by Atlantic Campaigns, saw two more arrivals but twelve boats remain at sea.

The other ocean rowing boats have spent the past week going through daily routines with an eye on the finish in their task of finishing the race. Particular emphasis was placed on defining the course line for the finish and managing variable conditions.

Thirty-six crews set sail from San Sebastian de La Gomera on December 12 in the 3,000 mile unsupported rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean west of San Sebastian to La Gomera, Canary Islands (280N 180W) at Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (170N 610W). The 36 competing crews included 4 solos, 10 pairs, 6 trios, 15 fours and 1 five.

The Salcombe Estuary pair of Guy Rigby (68) and David Murray (56), aboard ‘The Entrepreneur Ship’, still have 170 nautical miles to finish but have slipped from 28th to 29th, averaging 50 nautical miles per day. However, the arrival is close with their arrival scheduled for February 3 within 52 days.

After a tough few days of dealing with tough local conditions, the boys finally pulled themselves out of the windless and against the current place, and returned to something closer to their faster speeds.

Morale on the boat is high at the moment, the team is one with the ocean, and they are really, really enjoying this incredible challenge they have set themselves.

As the crew powered through the weekend, their speed is likely to pick up as the winds and currents line up to give them a final boost before crossing the finish line. arrival.

The other Devon crew remaining in the race, ‘Emergensea Duo’, married couple Adam Baker and Charlie Fleury, who both work at Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital as A&E doctors, have a little over 70 miles to go and are 25th. Their expected arrival is February 1 within an honorable 50 days.

Emerging Sea Duo
– Credit: Assessed

Ocean Rowing was rocked this week by a disaster unrelated to the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge and that was the disappearance of French ocean rower Jean-Jacques Savin.

The former skydiver was an avid triathlete. He had left the southern tip of mainland Portugal aboard Audacieux on January 1, but had had no contact with him since the night of Thursday 20 to Friday 21, when he activated two distress beacons.

The Portuguese coastguard found Savin’s 75-year-old boat overturned off the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores on Friday, but they were unable to send a diver to search it, added its team.

He was famous for successfully crossing the Atlantic in 2019 in an orange barrel-shaped capsule, using only sea currents to propel him through the water for 4,500 km (2,800 miles) during a voyage of 122 days.

The crews of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge can be followed on

Jean-Jacques Savin posing on his rowboat in a shipyard in Lege-Cap-Ferret, in the south-west of France, on May 28, 2021

Jean-Jacques Savin, a former paratrooper, posing on his rowboat at a shipyard in Lege-Cap-Ferret, southwestern France, May 28, 2021
– Credit: Photo by Philippe Lopez / AFP

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