Day 58 (Tue 02 Mar 1330 - Wed 03 Mar 1330)
Another great day of rowing for the fleet, with all crews rapidly moving towards Antigua. A total of over 1200nm made good with QBE Insurance Challenger top scoring with 65nm. They are now just 103nm from the finish, and based on current progress will make land on Friday 5th March and with it win the pair’s class.
Karukera look to have secured second place, being a further 110nm back, but third place in the pairs class is still an open battle between Roberto Coin and Patience. Just 45nm separate the 2 crews from the finish, but with Roberto Coin 60nm north of Patience, should any adverse weather hit the fleet in their final few days then this lead could be absorbed very quickly.
The fours class is all but over with Vivaldi (Rames Dames) leading Mission Atlantic by 400nm, with just 290nm between themselves and English Harbour, Antigua.
Peter Van Kets continues to lead the remaining solo competitors. However, Dave Brooks is just under 100nm behind and with over 700nm to the finish there is still a lot of racing in the solo class.
The Beech Boys crew, now moving at good speed will continue to harbour hopes of eclipsing the current father/son record of 78 days. To beat this, the Beech Boys have to complete the race within 20 days, so with 940nm to go, they must cover an average of 47nm per day to claim the record.
As for the girls on Explore, to get a new GB record they must complete the race within 17 days. So with 730nm to go, they must average 43nm per day.
Encouragingly, Red Arrow went through their food and have 2 weeks of ‘really nice food’ and on top of this a further 35 days food they hope not to need. Furthermore, when in the ocean Richard did try to touch the bottom, but as it turns out the Atlantic really is as deep as they say.