Race Positions Explained
Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 - Ocean Rowing Positions
Finished Assisted and Retired from Race
In this years race there have been a number of ocean rowing teams that have completed ocean crossings - to date this includes all the teams. There are however varying circumstances to those that have finished with assistance or have been deemed retired from race. The circumstances of those positions are outlined here:-
Finished Assisted. Team Boogie Woogie rowed from the start line and across the finish line of the race course. They completed an ocean crossing by rowing boat. The status of "assisted" exists because they received medical and food re-supply during the race.
Finished Assited. Team Speedo rowed from the start line and across the finish line of the race course. James completed an ocean crossing by rowing boat. The status of "assisted" exists because he received a food re-supply during the race.
Retired from Race. Leo rowed unassisted from La Gomera to the longitude of Marie Gallante (a small island South of Antigua). The race course was not completed. Once west of the closest land and an ocean crossing had been completed, Leo then took a tow to land. This was a short tow of no more than 3 miles and deemed to be the safest thing to do.
Retired from Race. Rob unfortunately requested assistance to be taken off Ocean Summit. The support vessel Ocean Planet took Rob forward to Antigua, Stu continued to row on his own for a period of time until Ash (from support boat Aurora) was dropped off to join Stu. Stu completed the row with Ash into Antigua although officially the crew were retired from the race. In overall ocean rowing terms Stu will receive recognition of an assisted crossing.
Retired from Race. In the early stages of the race (for personal reasons) Benjy decided that he could not complete the row. Benjy was taken off the rowing boat by support yacht Ocean Planet. After spending 10 days on Ocean Planet, Benjy was then dropped off at Cape Verde Islands. The three remaining crew members continued to row and completed the race course without the need for any further assistance. Although in overall ocean rowing, this will be classed as an assisted row - Dom, Paul and Andy completed an ocean rowing crossing.
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Retired from Race. Skippy and Phil had power and water maker issues from an early stage. They were re-supplied with water and therefore assisted in their row. They did not complete the race course however they did reach land. Therefore they completed an ocean crossing (assisted) but did not complete the race. Hitting a reef does constitute a landfall!!!