PRESS RELEASE : Vivaldi (Rames Dames) cross the finish line at 18.04 UTC
Vivaldi (Rames Dames) Win the Fours Class of the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009!
The Rames Dames crossed the finish line at 18.04 UTC on the 9th March 2009, giving them first place in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 Fours Class and a crossing time of 64 days, 4 hours and 34 minutes.
Rames Dames, consisting of Catherine, Laurence, Quitterie & Laurence entered the race to test their limits and boundaries. They are all endurance athletes, Catherine having trekked through Nepal and across the Sahara, Laurence DR having climbed Kilimanjaro & Mount Kenya, Quitterie was an officer in the French Navy & Laurence GC has trekked in Kazakhstan, Malaysia & Indonesia. Rowing the Atlantic is now another activity they can tick of the list!
The Rames Dames struggled with the heat of rowing the Atlantic daily and often compared their living and sleeping compartments to a Sauna that took ages to get out of because of the heat making them even more tired than they were when they got in.
They took particular care to look after themselves and each other, making no room for injury or medical problems. This is very important when rowing in a four, especially with the watch system that the French four set up.
They preferred rowing in the night due to better performance and more motivating conditions.
The hard work and attention to detail clearly paid off!
Congratulations Rames Dames!