Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge , a.k.a. the “World’s Toughest Row” is an amazing yet grueling open ocean rowing race hosted by Atlantic Campaigns and Talisker Whisky. The Challenge starts from beautiful San Sebastián in La Gomera, Tenerife, Canary Islands, a.k.a. 280N 180W and finishes at Nelson’s Boatyard English Harbour, Antigua and Barbados, West Indies, a.k.a. 170N 610W. At just about 3,000 miles, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge usually takes from 2 to 3 months months to finish, yet four British rowers, George Biggar, Dicky Taylor, Peter Robinson and Stuart Watts on Saturday, January 13, 2018 finished in an astonishing 29 days and 15 hours setting the Atlantic crossing record previously held last year by the Anglo-American crew, Latitude 35 finishing at 35 days. The winning crew rowed to raise awareness for mental heath raising £250,000 for the charities Mind and Spinal Research.
And today, Thursday, January 18, four Chinese women rowers, Tina Liang Mintian, Cloris Chen Yuli, Amber Li Xiaobing, and Sarah Meng Yajie, set the Atlantic crossing record for women finishing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in just 34 days in addition to being the youngest women and the only Chinese Crew to row an open ocean. Row like a Girl previously held the record set with 40 days at last year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
The Small Boat Winter Classic continues for another day at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota Crew hosts 4 entries from 3 clubs.
In British Rowing, Star Club New Year Head will be held Sunday, 14th January 2018 hosted by Star Club Rowing.
In World Rowing, Head of the Shing Mun (BIG BOATS), a.k.a. 城門, will be held today, January 14, 2018 at Sha Tin RC & Jockey Club Shek Mun RC in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. Hong Kong, China Rowing Association hosts 16 entries from 6 clubs.
CANCELLATION – The 7th Greater Dayton Erg Sprint, a Concept2 Non-Satellite event planned to be held at the Vandalia Recreation Center in Dayton, Ohio today, January 13, 2018 has been cancelled by Greater Dayton Rowing.
The 13th Annual War at the Shore Ergathon, an indoor event will be held today, January 13, 2018 at Mainland Regional High School in Linwood, New Jersey. This is a Concept2 Non-Satellite event. Funds will be raised for The Alcove Center for grieving children and families by 18 entries from 6 clubs hosted by Mainland Rowing Association.
Sarasota Winter Erg Classic ￼will be held January 13, 2018 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. This is a Concept2 Non-Satellite event. Sarasota Crew will host 12 entries from 9 clubs.
The Small Boat Winter Classic will be held January 13 through January 14, 2018 at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida. Sarasota Crew hosts 4 entries from 3 clubs.
In Canada, Leander Indoor Rowing Championships will be held today, January 13, 2017 at St. Mary’s Secondary School in Hamilton, Ontario. Leander Boat Club hosts 96 entries from 8 clubs.
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
-Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
More Under Armour at Costco:
And while the Under Armour Ladies’ HeatGear Spandex are long gone, the Under Armour Ladies’ Fleece Pullovers are still in stock waiting in anticipation for bundling into after an early morning Spring Row.
And while I’m personally loyal to my my old and always reliable Concept2 D, these Rowers are available at Costco for your New Year’s resolutions or prepping for the CRASH-Bs on February 25, 2018.
“If you could get all the people in the organization rowing in the same direction, you could dominate any industry, in any market, against any competition, at any time.”
– Patrick Lencioni, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable.
Jeff Bell of the Time Colonist reported that “A school bus ended up with a rowing shell through its windshield after a collision with a truck and trailer” apparently occurring “when it hit an icy patch near Renfrew and Decca roads about 8 a.m.” For more information check out the full Times Colonist article HERE.
“If the blade is not locked in the water or is driving in the air, power applied to the blade through the footplate transferred by the handle affects boat propulsion negatively.”
-Brian Richardson, Rower, Coach
Nolte, Volker. Rowing Faster. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics, 2004.