79 days completed, and of the 30 crews and 59 competitors that started the race, 20 crews have made land and 10 are still at sea. After an incredible few days it's time to take deep breathe and take stock of what has happened.
So far crews have rowed a combined total of over 72,000nm, which equates 94% of the total race distance. On the one hand we are starting to near the end of this adventure, however on the other there is still a lot of rowing to be done, with 10 crews still to row a total of 4500nm.
Perhaps the closest battle left on the ocean is between the pair's crews of Yorkshire Challenger and Heart of the Warrior. Both crews have suffered set backs and hardship throughout the race but continue to battle on bravely and with just 65nm separating the two crews from the finish, events over the last couple of days suggest that the race is only over when it's over.
Sean McGowan will be hitting another big milestone soon when he passes into the last 1000nm at some point during day 80. Just ahead, James Ketchell, has discovered he has food up until day 100 and so tried his hand at fishing, only to discover the fish seemed to be relatively crafty by taking the bait, without getting hooked itself.
Over the coming days wind speed and direction will become sporadic with the winds moving round to come from the north, before swinging back from the north east. Speeds will drop to approximately 10-15 knots throughout this time.