{UPDATED – Likely to reach Sun. 26th Feb!} Green and White “Tusmobil” rowing boat due via North Point at Port St Charles

  • {EDITOR’S NOTEMOST CURRENT STATUS: They are now due to arrive into Port St Charles at 6:00 pm local today (26 Feb). One of the crew members injured their hand last night due to an emergency repair of the oar gate, but they have patched him up and are soldiering on.}

Perhaps this afternoon about from five o’clock on, all interested sailing fans can look out for the distinctive Green and White “Tusmobil” rowing boat as she rows in around North Point and down the coast to Port St Charles. The guys have not seen another person in over 6 weeks so will be delighted to see anyone who will say ”Hello” and give a wave! All details of their adventure and the opportunity to donate to their charities can be found at www.transalantic2012.com.

As a crew we are now a well oiled machine, rowing, eating, rowing, sleeping, rowing etc, etc. It all happens without thought or fuss. Even the sleep deprived confusing and often humerous conversations seem to be dissapearing as our bodies have addapted to the 2 hour shifts.

We currently find outselves a little north of Barbados and a change in the weather forcast mean we no longer have the anticipated winds to blow us towards the island.

The team are being supported by Mahmood Patel‘s Ocean Spray Apartments who is very kindly providing a place for them to stay for a few days while they recover and regain their land legs, and Sarah Venable, a local who has been invaluable in her support on the Island speaking to people and helping to make arrangements.

The project’s vanguard Steve Bowens explained: “We have undertaken this challenge to raise money and awareness of our individual charities. We also wanted to challenge ourselves in a once in a lifetime experience. I visited Barbados some 12 years ago and have longed to return ever since to her beautiful beaches, friendly and charismatic people and fantastic food (and of course the Mt Gay rum!) However I think now that perhaps a flight might have been an easier way to get there“.

Alistair Humphreys and Simon Osborne said: “We can’t wait to relax on a beautiful tropical beach, sipping Banks beer and soaking up the evening atmosphere of St Lawrence Gap. We really would do anything to get to Barbados, who wouldn’t?

These 4 friends (2 English, 1 Irish and 1 Slovenian) are due to arrive in Barbados on Monday the 27th Feb (subject to conditions). They are rowing into Port St Charles after rowing 3200 miles from Gran Canaria to Barbados. This adventure has taken them 6 weeks of non-stop rowing in everything from flat calm seas to huge waves and strong winds in their boat. They are completing this endeavour in aid of their chosen charities (Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, KROS-a Slovenian Childrens’ rehabilitation charity, and Hope & Homes for Children).

They are due to arrive into Port St Charles on Monday 27th but the exact date and time will depend on conditions over their final few hundred miles. You can track their progress at www.transatlantic2012.com

They would be delighted to see anyone who would like to come along and cheer them in after their amazing adventure. Marin Medak (skipper) said: “We are so excited to be arriving into glorious Barbados after 6 weeks at sea, we can’t wait to meet the locals and especially to taste some of the fantastic local flying fish I have heard so much about!

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