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Happy New Year from Heads Together and Row

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Wherever you're celebrating New Year's Eve tonight, raise a glass in the direction of the Atlantic and join us in wishing Toby, Justin, Jez and Ali of Heads Together and Row a very Happy New Year.

The first few weeks of 2019 will be an exciting time for them as they continue in their attempt to row 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua, in aid of mental health charities and as the focus of Henley Business School research.

This afternoon we've had an email from Toby, to wish everyone a Happy New Year on behalf of the crew. He's also given us another insight into what life has been like for the past 20 days since the team set off from La Gomera.



Since 12 December I have not:

Worn trousers

Used a toilet (or toilet paper)

Had a shower

Seen anyone other than Ali, Jez and Justin

Seen a TV

Heard the news

Thought about work


Used the internet

Eaten a hot meal

Drank anything other than warm water

Sat on a chair

Laid on a bed

Stood upright unaided


Seen or heard another vehicle

Seen a tree or plant

I have:

Freeze-dried porridge

Peanut butter

Cadbury's hot chocolate powder


The heating power of the sun


I have...

Reese's Pieces Porridge!

2019 - the year of improvisation.

Happy New Year and much love to you all!

P.S. After two days of foot steering since our auto helm tore through a cable, team HTaR have it up and running again, for now. This is very very pleasing. If anyone knows who is the god of auto helms please let me know and join me in prayer. Every hour it works is a blessing!



As of 1600 GMT on day 20, here’s how the team are getting on:

Position: 19 degrees 53.28 N, 032 degrees 27.90 W

Speed/Direction: 2.2 knots @ 235 degrees

Distance rowed: 1025 Nautical Miles (1179.5 Miles)

Distance to go: 1674 Nautical Miles (1926 Miles)

13th in Fours crews

17th overall

Henley Business School is working with Heads Together and Row on a research project looking at individual and team resilience. Click here to find out more.

Published 31 December 2018