Day 19 (Fri 22 Jan 1330 - Sat 23 Jan 1330)
Charlie Pitcher continues to extend his lead over the fleet, with Karukera leading the pairs class by 75nm. QBE Insurance Challenger, Roberto Coin and Patience lead the chasing pairs and are all jostling for 2nd position the class. In the fours class Vivaldi – the all female crew from France lead Mission Atlantic – the all female crew from Jersey by almost 140nm. However, with Mission Atlantic heading so far south they could be in a very strong position in the coming weeks.
The solo rowers continue to hold their own, with Peter Van Kets moving up another position in the last 24 hours to 8th. Furthermore, Charlie Pitchers current pace indicates he could break the current solo record of 42 days as well as the race record of 68 days.
Now almost three weeks into the race many crews will be looking to maximise their boat speed by venturing into the unknown depths of the Atlantic Ocean to clean and maintain the boats hull. Barnacle growth will now be a real threat to boat speed and crews will need to do all they can to minimise this.
Britannia III moved another 72nm closer to Barbados leaving 1326nm to the finish line at the conclusion of day 19. As it stands the progress page is continuing to report the Britannia III finishing distance to Antigua, which is an error. Woodvale Challenge Ltd are looking to resolve this as quickly and effectively as possible.