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Atlantic rowers "get their groove back" after "idiot blob of weather"

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Thursday 02 February 2023

Atlantic rowers "get their groove back" after "idiot blob of weather"

Thursday 02 February 2023

The two islanders completing the world's toughest row for local charities are back on track to finish this weekend - despite a "giant blue idiot blob of weather" threatening to jeopardise their progress.

Peter Wright and Steve Hayes, or DragonFish row, have roughly 150 nautical miles left to row before they reach Antigua, the final destination of their 3,000 nautical mile journey across the Atlantic Ocean for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

The pair left Antigua on 12 December and have been rowing two hours on, two hours off ever since, in the hopes of raising £50,000 for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and cancer charity Macmillan Jersey. 

A spate of appalling weather, dubbed by their social media posts as a "giant blue idiot blob of weather", threatened to jeopardise their progress this week. Rain, wind and giant waves seemed to push back their arrival time until as late as the 10 February.

Luckily, conditions in the Atlantic are now improving and the pair have clawed back the time.

At their current rate of progress, DragonFish row should enter English Harbour in Antiqua on 3 February, this Sunday, at around 12:00 in the afternoon.

28 teams have finished the race and 15 are left to go. The winning team, Ocean Cats, completed their row across the Atlantic in just 31 days. 

Team DragonFish's latest social media update read: "They've been pushed to most people's limits and beyond out here but they've kept positive, they've kept pushing, they've handled the disappointing days and continued on regardless.

"What these two have done has been one of the most inspiring stories of the race - from buying a little old boat with a hole in it, to being just three days away from being succesful ocean rowers! It's amazing!"

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