Posts Tagged ‘Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009’

AUGUST 1: PROSTABLOG NZ: The great Indian Ocean Rowing Race is finally over, with the last crew crossing the finishing line in Mauritius yesterday.

The British pairs crew was the sixth and final boat to complete the 3132km row from Western Australia.

The race website reported:

At 1226Hrs GMT today (July 31), young Britons James Thysse and James Facer-Childs, both aged just 22, from Berkshire completed the inaugural Indian Ocean Rowing Race 2009, becoming the youngest ever Pairs crew to do so.

The Row For Prostate fours crew from New Zealand finished on July 9 and was awarded second place.

Prostablog has twice requested information from the Rowing For Prostate organisation on how much money the four raised for prostate cancer, and who will get it.

So far, no reply.

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JULY 18: PROSTABLOG NZ:  “Apologies it has taken me so long to put finger to keyboard and update you on the goings on within the RFP team,” writes one of the crew (unnamed) from Rowing For Prostate, following the team’s epic 81-day row across the Indian Ocean.

“But since arriving on the cherished lands of Mauritius, I have had to undergo various physical and mental repairs, which have sadly meant it has been a tad difficult to get to a computer, let alone to type anything even slightly legible.

“Thankfully the local hospitality, coupled with the repair work from the local medics has confirmed my ailments are not terminal and both body and mind are now well on the way to full recovery so i thought it high time I gave you an insight in to our final few hours at sea, and the highly anticipated arrival on the fair shores of Mauritius…”

READ MORE> on the Rowing For Prostate website.ProstateBoysMAIN1

Prostablog has asked how much the effort raised for prostate cancer and who will get the money, but so far no response from the Rowing For Prostate organisers.

It seems from earlier publicity that prostate cancer organisations in the UK will benefit, as well as those in New Zealand (although, not the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ).

No doubt we will hear something when they’ve had time to sort it out.

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JULY 10: PROSTABLOG NZ:  IT might be the fourth boat over the finish line, but Rowing For Prostate (above) has indeed scored second place in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race.

ProstateBoysmain3That’s because the third crew home, the women’s four in Pura Vida, were blown north of Mauritius and couldn’t cross the official finish line, while the first crew in, the eights of Aud Eamus, was not an official entry in the race.

So that put second boat Bexhill Trust Challenger in first place, and the Rowing For Prostate lads (pictured below when they celebrated having 1000 miles of the 3132-mile race to row), who crossed the line fourth yesterday, in official second spot.



This will help: it’s what organisers’ spokesman Tony Humphreys said when we asked for an explanation:

There were 10 starters in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race, plus the out-of-class record attempt boat ‘Aud Eamus’.

Aud Eamus was the first boat to  arrive in Mauritius with the quickest crossing time but doesn’t qualify for  a race position as they were not an official race entry.

The next boat to arrive in Mauritius was ‘Bexhill Trust Challenger’ who were  the first race entry and having passed post-race scrutineering without  receiving any rule infringement penalties took first place.

The next boat to arrive in Mauritius was ‘Pura Vida’, who unfortunately due  to very strong southerly winds as they made their approach to Mauritius were  pushed north and were unable to cross the official race finish line.

As  such they do not qualify for a race position, however they did still manage  to cross the longitude of the finish line unaided, therefore still qualify  as the first all female team to row across the Indian Ocean unassisted.

Which the takes us to ‘Rowing For Prostate’ who were the forth boat to  arrive in Mauritius, and having successfully crossed the finish line have
provisionally been awarded second place.  Confirmation of their race ranking  will only be possible once their post-race scrutineering has been completed.

The race rules are designed with safety as the priority and contain the  penalty of dropping a race position should certain rules be infringed.

I trust this helps clarify the situation.

Thank you to the official race website for the pictures.

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mattJULY 10: PROSTABLOG NZ:  A capsize early in the race across the Indian Ocean cost the Kiwi rowers in Rowing For Prostate all their electronics, says one of the crew, Mat Hampel (right). He revealed this during an interview on Radio NZ’s Morning Report early today, a few hours after the boat made it to Mauritius after 81 days at sea. HEAR THE INTERVIEW>

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JULY 3: TVNZ: The Rowing for Prostate charity crew who had lost contact with race organisers in the Indian Ocean several days ago are safe and well. READ MORE>

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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 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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MAY 21: PROSTABLOG NZ:  The Kiwi rowing team, Rowing For Prostate, is close to second place again in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race, just three miles behind the women’s four, Pura Vida.

The latter slipped off the pace and lost their 110-mile lead to Bexhill Trust Challenger a few days ago and have now been caught up by Prostate.

All four leaders made little progress in the 24 hours to 6pm yesterday, averaging in the low 20s, rather than more than twice that managed on most days.

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The reason was 30-knot winds and 6m waves, which have made it difficult for the boats to make any headway.

Bexhill has a 100-mile lead over Pura Vida and Prostate, with the eights, Aud Eamus, only 8o miles further back.

The six boats left in the race have been at sea for 32 days and have several hundred miles to go to reach halfway between Western Australia and the destination, Mauritius.rowMay21 2

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THE NZ rowing team Rowing for Prostate was back in second place last night, but dropping back from the leading boat, Bexhill Trust Challenger.

The Kiwis had covered 179 of the 3000-plus mile journey from Western Australia to Mauritius on the other side of the Indian Ocean. READ MORE>

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APRIL 21:  THE sole Kiwi entrant in the 2009 Indian Ocean Rowing Race, Rowing for Prostate, was in close second place last night as the leading teams clocked their first 100 nautical miles out from the start.

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The NZ  team of four (actually, it comprises two “recent” Kiwis and two Brits) is one of 11, which range in size from a couple of solo rowers to one group of eight.

row-courseThey left Geraldton in Western Australia on Sunday and are rowing 3132 nautical miles across the Indian Ocean to Mauritius, an island off to the east of Madagascar off South East Africa.

By 6pm yesterday, the Prostate team had rowed 109 miles, doing 34 of the first two days and 35 yesterday. They had more than 3000 miles to go.

They were lying a few miles behind the UK team Bexhill Trust Challenger, which has four British rowers aged 20 to 25. That contraats with the early-to-mid 30s of the NZ rowers.

The “Kiwi” team is made up of Billy Gammon (35), Mat Hampel (33), Tom Wigram (31) and Pete Staples, all of them born in the UK, the latter two still living there. Gammon and  Hampel  are now both living in Takapuna, the former since 2004. 

For details of the prostate cancer links to the Kiwi team and the race, click HERE>

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