And They're Off!!!
After days of preparation, (and nights of partying) in La Gomera at 12:00 GMT yesterday, Sunday 2nd December, it was at last time for this years Atlantic Rowing Race to start.
The atmosphere in the marina was electric, with barely a dry eye on the key side as competitors said their final goodbyes to family and friends and pushed off from the pontoon filled with mixed emotions of nervous anticipation and excitement. However, as the start horn sounded competitors settled down to the job in hand and all teams looked comfortable as they took to the oars and started on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean.
All twenty one boats, made up of 2 solos, 14 pairs and 5 fours teams, started well but fighting for the lead as they moved away from the safety of Marina La Gomera were Gquma Challenger, from South Africa, followed by Pendovey Swift from Wales, The Reason Why from Cornwall and Go Commando from Devon with the rest of the fleet closely behind.
Escorting the boats on the first moments of their adventure were a number of yachts packed with supporters as well as fishing boats, ribs and a fleet of oppeys from the local sailing school turning the start into a spectacular event and giving the teams the send off they deserved.
Unfortunately one ocean rowing boat sat on the sidelines and not setting off with the rest of the fleet were Komale and her crew Niall McCann and James Burge. On arrival in La Gomera Niall gained an infection in his left elbow which cast doubt over the team being able to compete. However, after seeking medical attention he has made a good recovery, been signed off by the local hospital as fit to compete, and after conferring with all of the teams, have been given permission by them to leave 2 days after the fleet without incurring any time penalties. They are due to start on Tuesday 4th December at 12:00 and will look to chase the fleet down and hopefully catch up with them before too long.
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在幾天準備, (和夜partying 以後) 在La Gomera 裡在12:00 昨天格林維志時間, 星期天12月2 日, 它在最後次為這幾年大西洋Rowing 種族開始。
大氣在小游艇船塢電, 與一隻乾燥眼睛在關鍵邊作為競爭者對家庭和朋友幾乎沒有他們最後的goodbyes 說和推擠了從浮船被填裝以緊張的意料和興奮的混雜的情感。但是, 因為起動墊鐵聽起來競爭者安定對工作在手中和所有隊看起來舒適當他們採取了對槳和開始了在他們的旅途橫跨大西洋。
所有二十一個小船, 被彌補2 獨奏, 14 對和5 個fours 隊, 起動很好但戰鬥為主角因為他們從小游艇船塢La 搬走了Gomera 安全是Gquma 挑戰者, 從南非, 被Pendovey Swift 跟隨從威爾士, 原因為什麼從Cornwall 和嚴密去特攻隊從德文郡以艦隊的剩餘後邊。
護航他們該當的小船在他們的冒險的第一片刻是一定數量的游艇被包裝與支持者並且漁船, 肋骨並且oppeys 艦隊從地方航行學校把開始變成一次壯觀的事件和給隊送。
不幸一艘海洋划艇坐在邊線和不引起以艦隊的剩餘是Komale 和她的乘員組Niall McCann 和詹姆斯・Burge 。在到來在La Gomera 裡Niall 獲取了傳染在表示懷疑在隊能競爭的他的左手肘。但是, 在尋找治療以後他做了好補救, 簽字由地方醫院和適合, 和在商談以後與所有隊競爭, 由他們給了允許事假2 天在艦隊以後沒有任何時侯招致筆參考資料： 奇摩字典
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