Day 78 (Mon 22 Mar 1330 - Tue 23 Mar 1330)
Following a hectic 3 day period with 9 crews reaching Antigua there are now 11 crews still at sea. Dave Brooks is the next due in with 25nm to the finish, and with so many miles now between each crew there are not likely to be many changes of position, crews are now competing against themselves to finish as quickly as possible.
Indeed, the best example of this is Ole and Brian on Boogie Woogie. They have been enjoying themselves and haven't been too concerned with there time at sea, in fact rumour has it they were hoping to be on the podium for the ‘greatest time at sea' for the race. However, the bad tasting food has led them to increase their pace so they may make land quicker.
The Beech Boys have declared that although they will not get a father and son record, they will become the first British father and son team to row the Atlantic, and rightly point out that a first is always a first and can never be superseded.
The flying fish are still at it. Dave Brooks was happily rowing along but the familiar smell of fish led him to discover a foot long flying fish flapping behind him - having missed him when landing on the boat. James Ketchell however was not so lucky - getting hit square in the face by one, however fish wasn't on the menu that day so he generously put the fish back in the ocean.
The remaining crews will continue to have strong easterly and east north easterly winds and waves helping them along over the coming days.