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Heads Together and Row: Five weeks at sea

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Today marks five weeks at sea for Heads Together and Row, and day 36 of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

As those of you who have been avidly following this year's race will know, last night the Dutch Atlantic Four team became the first crew to make landfall, winning the challenge in 34 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes - we send them our congratulations!

Meanwhile, Heads Together and Row continue to make good progress, and importantly, morale always seems to be high when we hear from them.

Five weeks is a long time to spend in such a confined space - as Jez noted in this video interview, recorded during the team's training last year, when he discussed the subject of friendship...

A sense of humour will be key to keeping spirits up on board - as you can probably tell by the fact our latest update is not from Justin, Jez, Ali or Toby, but from Rufus, the Henley Business School squirrel.

He has been hitching a ride on Trilogy towards a term-time holiday in the Caribbean. Oh, and acting as a mascot and handy euphemism for toilet breaks.

He said: "After three cloudy days and nights featuring several torrential downpours and some magnificent lightning it's nice to see the sun once more. Now where did I bury my nuts?

Love Rufus x"

More importantly, he sent us the below image which shows our team as they continue on their journey towards as Antigua.


We look forward to hearing more about how their teamwork and relationships were tested during the challenge when Henley academic Dr Caroline Rook releases her research into the crew later this year.

But with Rufus keeping an eye on them, we're sure they're doing just fine!

As of 1600 GMT on day 36, here’s how the team are getting on:

Position: 17 degrees 37.12 N, 046 degrees 35.17 W

Speed/Direction: 2.7 knots @ 267 degrees

Distance rowed: 1849 Nautical Miles (2127 Miles)

Distance to go: 870 Nautical Miles (1001 Miles)

12th in Fours crews

15th 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.

Visit the Heads Together and Row website to find out how you can support the team.

Published 16 January 2019