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JUNE 27: PROSTABLOG NZ: Confusing news from the Indian Ocean – two boats seem to have won the 2009 rowing race, despite one crossing the finish line more than 30 hours ahead of the other.

The eights team, Aud Eamus, led over the past few days, got to Mauritius first around 4pm on June 25 GMT and was feted with a press release saying they smashed the 38-year-0ld race record by six days. They did it in 58 days, 15 hours.

But then, more than a day later at 10.40pm GMT on June 26, the fours crew, Bexhill Trust Challenger, which led most of the race, got to the finish and was acclaimed the winner.

We’re obviously missing something here, a rule perhaps lurking in the eights boat’s designation as an “open” entry, whatever that means.

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Here’s what the race website announced at 4.29pm on June 25:

A multi-national crew of eight amateur rowers (6 men and 2 women) today smashed a record that has remained unbroken for 38 years, for the fastest ever crossing of the Indian Ocean by rowing boat.

The elite crew, rowing a custom built 36ft long ocean rowing boat named ‘Aud Eamus’, set off from Geraldton, Western Australia on the 28 April 2009.  Having rowed a mammoth 3,132 nautical miles across the treacherous and unpredictable Indian Ocean, these audacious eight arrived today at Mauritius, after just 58 days, 15 hours and 08 minutes at sea, knocking an impressive six days off the previous route record.

The crew of eight comprising British nationals Simon Chalk (36), Ian Couch (39), Helen Taylor (22) and Paul Cannon (39), Americans Angela Madsen (49), Doug Tumminello (43), and Brian Flick (23), together with Bernard Fissett (46) from Belgium, were all recruited by nautical events company, Woodvale Challenge Ltd as part of the Woodvale Works Team concept.

Bringing a range of skills, adventure, ocean rowing and ultra endurance experience with them, the crew of Aud Eamus was assembled specifically with the aim of setting an Indian Ocean rowing crossing speed record.  Through their success in achieving this goal, they also claim a number of other Indian Ocean rowing records that include the first eight man crew, the first paraplegic (Angela Madsen), the first females (Angela Madsen and Helen Taylor) and the first person to row the Indian Ocean twice (Simon Chalk).

Then on June 26, a few minutes before midnight, this was announced:

After rowing a colossal 3,132 nautical miles, non-stop across the Indian Ocean, Britons Phil McCorry, (24), brother Nick McCorry (25), Matt Hellier (20) and Ian Allen (25), crew members of Boat No. 7 ‘Bexhill Trust Challenger’, made history today by winning the first ever Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009.

Two months previously, these intrepid four life long friends from Bexhill, East Sussex set off from Geraldton, Western Australia together with nine other international crews in this unique, ultra-endurance, ocean adventure. 68 days, 19 hours and 40 minutes later, the Bexhill Trust Challenger, a 29ft long purposely designed composite ocean rowing boat, triumphantly crossed the finish line off the beautiful island of Mauritius at 2240hrs GMT today, Friday 26th June 2009.

By winning the Race, the crew of the Bexhill Trust Challenger have also become the first ever team of four to row across the Indian Ocean and crew member, Matt Hellier at the age of 20, is the youngest.

Meantime, at reporting in time about 6pm last night, third placed boat Pura Vida (the women’s four rowing for breast cancer) had 336 miles to go, while the Kiwi four Rowing For Prostate had 553

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JUNE 25: PROSTABLOG NZ:  It’s all but over: at 6pm today eights crew Aud Eamus was just 28 miles from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race.

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Putting in a big burst over the previous 24 hours, the leading boat covered 76 miles and after 67 days was close to finishing the 3132-mile slog.

Former leader Bexhill Trust Challenger is not far behind, with Pura Vida another 300 miles back.

Rowing For Prostate, the Kiwi boat, still has about 600 miles to row and will be at sea another week or so.

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JUNE 22: PROSTABLOG NZ: Uh oh…it’s happened – the eights crew in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race has caught and passed long-time leaders Bexhill Trust with just a couple of days to go.

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Barely two hundred miles from the finish line in Mauritius, Aud Eamus has taken the lead and at 4am today had just a few days of rowing left to win line honours.

The eights had a poor start in the race and has taken two months to catch Bexhill, a fours crew which led for most of the 3132-mile event.

A couple of hundred miles back is third-placed fours, Pura Vida, which led briefly from Bexhill in the middle of the race.

NZ entry, Rowing For Prostate, is fourth and has to row more than 800 miles to finish.

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JUNE 21: PROSTABLOG NZ:  Bexhill Trust Challenger is only about 20 miles in front as the Indian Ocean Rowing Race nears its last few days.

The eights crew, Aud Eamus, has been chasing and gaining for the past month and yesterday put in a big mileage (nearly 64) to get within 23 miles of the leaders, who had fewer than 300 of the 3132 mile race to Mauritius to go.

Meantime, Rowing For Prostate has dropped off the pace, managing 27 miles and remaining in fourth, with 859 miles to go to the finish.

The women’s four, Pura Vida, rowed more than 50 miles over the past 24 hours, but was still nearly 350 miles off the leading pair.

There are six boats left of the original field of 11, with two pairs crews struggling along some 1400 miles away from the finish line.

The race from Geraldton in Western Australia to the island of Mauritius has been running more than two months, but the leaders can be expected to cross the line by mid-week, with the eights threatening to steal the lead from Bexhill, which has been in front for most of the row.

Nothing has been posted on the race website news page since it reported a fuel top-up for the support boat from the Australian Navy on June 15.

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JUNE 15: PROSTABLOG NZ: Rowing For Prostate averaged 100.9 knots in boat speed over the last day, according to the Indian Ocean Rowing Race headquarters.

If only!

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As the map shows, a glitch in technology used to keep track of the rowers in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race gave an odd reading for the Kiwi four.

It not only showed them advancing at speed-boat pace, but had them heading down to the South Pole for a quick deviation – maybe to get a bucket of ice, the race website speculated.

In fact, Prostate covered 48.51 miles in the 24 hours to last evening and remained firmly in fourth place, 160 miles behind the women’s four of Pura Vida.

Meantime, the eights, Aud Eamus, made some real progress in trying to haul in leaders Bexhil Trust Challenger, cutting the gap between them to 113 miles, compared with 163 a day or so ago.

The eight boat covered 53.58 miles, compared with only 26.69 by Bexhill, which is now a little over 500 miles from the finish.

Pura Vida almost matched the eights for progress, covering 53.01 miles.

Here’s the race website explanation for the Prostate tracking irregularity:

The Rowing For Prostate tracking beacon failed to function some time ago which has resulted in the Team having to text their position twice daily which is then manually entered onto the website.

This mornings position was given as longitude and latitude, rather than the standard latitude and longitude and regretfully the error was not spotted when entered onto the website.

This has resulted in an erroneous position being displayed on the website mapping, showing the boat to have made a very rapid trip to Antarctica!

Though the correct position has now been added to the website showing the Team back up in the Indian Ocean (with a full ice bucket no doubt), it is not possible to remove the erroneous position from the administration side of the website and will require the intervention of the website developers to amend the data.

This we hope will be done within 24 hours. Sorry for any concern or confusion caused.

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Row June 13 1JUNE 13: PROSTABLOG NZ: NZ boat Rowing For Prostate slipped further back in fourth place in the last 24 hours of the Indian Ocean Rowing Race, which is in its 55th day.

The Kiwi four was 136 miles behind women’s four Pura Vida when the boats called in last night, and 486 miles back from leading fours crew Bexhill Trust Challenger.

Prostate is about to enter the last 1000 miles of the 3132 mile race from Geraldton in Western Australia to the island of Mauritius.

Bexhill has only 618 to go and has been stretching its lead over the eights crew, Aud Eamus. The latter got within 100 miles of Bexhill a few days ago and seemed likely to catch up, but yesterday lay 168 miles back.

With the retirement earlier on this week of Solo Rower, Simon Prior, only five boats now remain in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009, plus the out-of-class eight man speed crew on board Aud Eamus, the race website reported yesterday.

The other two boats are pairs crews who are well behind the four leading boats.

Rowing at the rate of more than 50 miles a day, Bexhill is expected to cross the finish line in 12 days on June 24, after nearly 70 days of hard slog rowing.

With the retirement earlier on this week of Solo Rower, Simon Prior onboard Boat No. 3 ‘Old Mutual Endurance’, only five boats now remain in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009, plus the out of class eight man speed crew onboard Boat No. 88 ‘Aud Eamus’.

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Row June 7JUNE 7: PROSTATEBLOG NZ:  Being the southern-most boat may be costing NZ entry Rowing For Prostate a chance of third placing in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race.

As the leading four boats head into the last third of the marathon row to Mauritius, the women (Pura Vida) edged back into third with a margin of more than 30 miles as their battle with the Prostate boys continues.

Pura Vida has been heading north in the wake of leaders Bexhill Trust, who remain more than 100 miles in front of the eights, Aud Eamus.

The latter is eating away at the bexhill lead, however, gaining about 15 miles in the last day.

The NZ boat is the furthest south of the leaders and that may be costing them.

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JUNE 6: PROSTABLOG NZ:  Rowing For Prostate, the NZ rowing entry in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race, is hanging in at third place after 48 days, some 277 miles behind leaders Bexhill Trust.

Eights team Aud Eamus is not making much headway on Bexhill, and sits in second, 130 miles back.

Bexhill had 999 miles of the 3132 mile race to go when the boats called in to race HQ last night.

Prostate is in a battle with former leaders Pura Vida,  just seven miles separating them (in terms of distance to the finish in Mauritius).

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row june 3 1JUNE 3: PROSTABLOG NZ:  Kiwi boat Rowing For Prostate (bottom) has edged into a 14-mile lead over the women’s crew, Pura Vida in the battle for third place in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race.

With the seven boats into the seventh week of the 3132-mile race to Mauritius, the leading four, Bexhill, is 274 miles ahead of the third place battlers, while between them is second-placed boat Aud Eamus.

The latter, the only eights crew, is 154 miles behind Bexhill, and with about a third of the race to go is narrowing the gap.

In the 24 hours to June 2, Pura Vida and Aud Eamus both managed 59 miles, while Prostate covered 35 and Bexhill a modest 27.

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JUNE 1: PROSTABLOG NZ:  British rowing four Bexhill Trust Challenger has about a third of the Indian Ocean Rowing Race to go and a lead of 140 miles over its nearest rival.

Second place-holder Aud Eamus – the only boat with a crew of eight – has made its way through the field over the past month and is hunting down Bexhill, with a close finish in the offing if the leading four can keep it up.

The close battle for third continues, with just a couple of miles separating women’s four Pura Vida and Kiwi four Rowing For Prostate. They’re slightly more than 100 miles behind Aud Eamus.

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Map above shows Bexhill in the lead at the top, with Pura Vida (green) and Rowing For Prostate (red, bottom) left in the wake of Aud Eamus (second).

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When it last called in on Sunday, Bexhill had averaged 1.77 knots and rowed 22 miles in the preceding 24 hours. It had 1218 miles left to row in the 3132-mile slog to Mauritius from Western Australia, which the seven remaining boats last saw 43 days ago.

Aud Eamus is going slightly faster, averaging 1.98 knots and covering 39 miles in the day to 6pm today (June 1). It has 1358 miles to travel.

Pura Vida averaged 1.05 knots and travelled 21 miles in the day to 6pm today, leaving a distance of 1463, while Rowing For Prostate maintained the best speed (2.06 knots) and got over the biggest distance (46 miles) in the 24 hours to 6pm on Sunday. It has 1466 to go.

The other three boats are well back, and four withdrew long ago.

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