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The Race Across the Atlantic

8 Dec 2023
Dukie News

On 12 December the BlueTusk crew, which includes Dukie David Tiplady (1978 - 1984) will set out to row, unsupported, across the Atlantic Ocean.

This is a distance of more than 3,000 miles in a boat 8m x 1.5m in seas that can be higher than the boat is long.

It is an exceptional challenge physically, mentally and technically and with a real risk of serious consequences if things go wrong.

The row will take:

•             from 30 to over 80 days

•             more than 1.5 million oar strokes

•             at least 5,000 calories each day

To make things harder, Chris, David and Aaron will participate in the race as a trio.  The change is due to a previously unknown health condition. Andy will remain in full support of the team as they complete the challenge. 

La Gomera 

The team arrived in La Gomera on 28th November to make final preparations for the challenge. Our boat, Shaka Sisi, was shipped ahead of us and, unfortunately, upon our arrival, we discovered some damage. We are working with the boat builders to get the repairs done but it is undoubtedly a major disruption to our race preparations.  We are confident the work can be done in time for us to still make the race start.  Fingers are crossed!!

Race start and tracker

The race start is live streamed on YouTube – search for the ‘Atlantic Campaigns’ channel

You can then track our progress across the Atlantic by downloading the "YB Races" App and searching for "World's Toughest Row - Atlantic" 

Our boat position is updated every 4 hours along with the weather conditions we are facing.

Instagram @BlueTusk_  will also be updated throughout the race.

Wish David and his team well in the comments below.

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