January features two epic attempts to smash the Atlantic rowing record. While Sara G, the 40ft mono hull trimaran set off from San Mifuel marina Tenefire on 6th January with a 6 man crew, the multi hull catarman, Big Blue, departed with a crew of 16 from Southern Morocco on the 11th. Both the crews seek to arrive Barbados in less than 33 days. Current record for the rowing the Atlantic Ocean is set by Leven Brown in 2008 33 days 7 hours and 3 on a 3140 miles distance.
Sara G set off on a good weather and got in to the trade winds and wave pattern after only two days. Matt Craughwell, the owner and skipper of Sara G is on his second attempt to row across the Atlantic. In January 2009, he was a part of the 14 man La Mondiale crew which was set out to cross the Atlantic in less than 20 days. But due to a rudder breakdown, they had to abandon the journey. But Matt was hooked on to rowing the ocean. We hope this time he completes his journey without any difficulties
Angela Madsen, the skipper of the Big Blue was supposed to cast with her crew on 8th January, but due to last minute preparations got dragged out and left on the 11th 0600 GMT. The craft mostly consists of elite rowers. The living quarters is a roofed area in the middle of the boat containing food supplies and bunk beds and a rudimentary toilet.
The rowers are expected to achieve an average speed of 4 knots and row in 12 hours shifts, where they would be burning 6,000 calories each day and drink 5 litres of water daily. Track Sara G’s progress from this link.