Heads Together and Row: 24 hours until the race

11 December 2018

Heads Together and Row: 24 hours until the race

Tomorrow, Heads Together and Row will set off on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018, a 3,000-mile ocean race from the Canary Islands to Antigua. Here is their final pre-race blog post with just 24 hours to go…

Well, here we are! We’ve been in La Gomera for 10 days now and our feet have barely touched the ground.

It’s been a busy time with a lot of boat work, tweaking of equipment, unpacking, packing and repacking the boat. Atlantic Campaigns (the race organisers) have also kept us busy and well informed with briefings, while they and Talisker Whisky (the race sponsor) have also given us plenty of opportunity to socialise with the other crews at fleet events and practise our Spanish; “Una cerveza por fa vor!”

Following passing of the inspection, our beloved Trilogy was launched into the marina and we’ve now been out for three short rows to test our equipment. Our new safety ladder has also been tried out after Ali went off the side of the boat for a swim! See below for some photos.

Trackers have been fitted to all the boats and the YB Races app is live so you can see our movements already and follow the race. We’re the pink boat.

So, 24 hours to go and we’re finishing final tweaks, sorting our personal kit and spending time with any family that are out. After a briefing yesterday about race start procedures, adrenaline levels are beginning to rise in the marina and will only continue to do so during this last day. The weather looks good and the race will be starting on time, so we’re all on track.

The last 10 days have flown by and we’ve met some lovely people here. We’ve formed a great friendship and camaraderie with the other mixed-fours boat (also three men and one woman) and have a bet that the loser between us buys the rum in Antigua!

It’s lovely too to see past rowers return and the future rowers visit to get a feel of what they’re about to experience. It has honestly been an incredible experience over the last two-and-a-half years since we formed this crew and it’s almost hard to believe we’re at the pinnacle of it. I only hope the future rowers already feel what a special ‘club’ this is.

Meanwhile we hope the class of 2018 has a speedy and safe crossing and we hope to see many of them in Antigua. The last 10 days have been great and although our feet haven’t touched the ground it has been good preparation; they’re not going to touch it for another 50 days or so!


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.


Out on a training row on Monday.


Ali has a quick swim to test out the safety ladder.


Receiving some final advice on the route, based on the latest weather forecast.


Trilogy - boat number 24 in the race (the little pink boat on the tracker).

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