AS IT HAPPENED: Heads Together and Row arrive in Antigua

1 February 2019

AS IT HAPPENED: Heads Together and Row arrive in Antigua

After more than seven weeks at sea, Heads Together and Row have completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018.

The team set off from the Canary Islands on December 12, and reached the finish line of their 3,000-mile journey to Antigua after 50 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes.

Below are our updates from the last few miles of their journey.


Update 11:45 - Read our news story about Heads Together and Row’s achievement here.


Update 11:00 - Their finish time is confirmed - 50 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes. Here they are, back on land!

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Update 10:30 - They’ve done it! Heads Together and Row have officially completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018, in aid of mental health charities and as the focus of Henley Business School research.

Here’s a still from the live feed of the moment they reached the finish line.

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Update 10:23 - Watch the team’s arrival LIVE.


Update 09:45 - The Atlantic Campaigns team has gone out to meet Heads Together and Row and accompany them back in to the harbour - ETA in around 20 minutes! Here’s a photo they’ve posted on Facebook of the crew.

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Update 09:30 - 1.5 miles to go until the team reach land!

Their arrival will be live streamed on the Atlantic Campaigns Facebook page.

Back in December, Toby described a typical day at sea in a great blog post we called the Captain’s Log. In it, he said:

I’ve been surprised by how quickly I have transitioned into a new routine and how life back home now feels like a distant planet! For the most part I embrace and cherish the wonder of what I am doing out here in the middle of the Atlantic. There are also some things that are hard to truly enjoy but which complete the package - no one said it would be easy!”

You can read the full post here.


Update 09:00 - Here they come, Antigua!

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That little pink boat we’ve all been watching for seven-and-a-bit weeks is now on its final approach.

As of 0900 the team have 2.5 nautical miles to go and the tracker is estimating they will arrive in just over an hour’s time.


Update 08:00 - As of 0800 the team have less than five nautical miles to go!

It’s currently pitch black out there so they can’t see much, but Toby said the sun will rise just in time for their arrival.

He also sent us this photo of Jez, which we think was taken earlier this week.

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You can follow the team on Twitter - @htandrow


Update 07:30 - Just had a quick chat with Toby, who says the team have about six miles left to go and is estimating they will arrive at 10am. Weather wasn’t great overnight which slowed them down a little bit.

This was the team’s first sighting of Antigua last night, with about 28 miles to go.

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Update 07:00 - If you’re new to the story of Heads Together and Row, or just need a quick reminder (they have been gone for 51 days after all!), here’s what you need to know:

They are a mixed-fours crew made up of team members Toby Gould (the skipper), 39, Jeremy Reynolds, 41, Alison Wannell, 40 and Justin Coleman, 53 - click on their names to find out more about them all individually.

As their team name suggests, they are raising funds and awareness for the Heads Together campaign charities Mind and Combat Stress, and the Marine Conservation Society – visit the team’s website here to find out how you can support them.

As the crew’s headline partner, Henley Business School is working with them on academic research into individual and team resilience. The study, which began around a year ago and has included regular video diaries at sea, is due to be published in late Spring.

The research is led by Dr Caroline Rook, Lecturer in Leadership. You can find out more about her too by clicking on her name.

Watch a video introduction to the project:

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