Race start date now 29th December 2009
Following this mornings weather meeting the race will now start on Tuesday 29th December 2009. All competitors must report to the Woodvale Challenge office no later than Sunday 27th December at 2:30pm.
As I am sure most of you are now aware, the Spanish authorities stipulate the conditions that crews can safely leave the Canary Islands. The conditions off shore and to the south west of the islands are over and above the guidlines set out by both the Spanish Port Authority and Woodvale Challenge Ltd. These conditions would indicate that crews would struggle to leave the islands safely given the current forecast.
This forecast is due to remain unchanged for the next 10 days, however, by 29th the condtions should reverse. Crews will not only be able to leave the island safely, but will also benefit from north eastly winds that will help push the crews towards Antigua and hopefully break some records along the way!
With all the administration complete for the race we can try and look forward to Christmas at home followed by a short stop in La Gomera before the start of the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009.