The race route, across one of the world’s largest oceans, is nearly 3,000 miles - it's a huge distance. We start in the Spanish island of La Gomera, and initially head south towards the Cape Verde Islands, before heading west towards the finish in Antigua. It's a well established ocean rowing route and generally agreed by those in the know that it's a good one to complete as your first ocean row!
The route and start date have both been carefully planned. The route allows us to take advantage of the favourable trade winds and ocean currents, at their most consistent during this period, assisting us in our crossing, and the race starts in December to coincide with the end of the hurricane season; hurricanes start in and travel along the exact latitudes of our route and are best avoided! That said, competitors in the 2005 race struggled through 5 tropical storms.
We will be crossing the Mid-Atlantic and one of the major issues this brings is the heat. Daytime temperatures regularly reach over 35 degrees and can get up to 40+ degrees inside our cabin.