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ODD-US-NEWZEALAND-KEY-ARMMAY 16: PROSTABLOG NZ:  An unexpected call from Kiwi PM John Key (right) to let the Rowing For Prostate team know how proud he is of them and to invite them to meet him on their return has spurred the team on in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race. 

The Prime Minister also offered the crew some advice on their watermaker problems, reports the race website: “It seems that even the Prime Minister of New Zealand has become an avid blob watcher! ”


The team (shown in this Stuff.co.nz photograph before leaving to compete) remains in third place,

Long-time leaders Pura Vida, are now being chased down by earlier leaders Bexhill Trust Challenger, whose northerly route may be starting to pay off.

Bexhill has cut the women’s four lead from more than 100 miles to 69, the smallest it’s been for more than a week.

This despite Bexhill being hit by a freak giant wave that nearly knocked two crew members out of the boat.

While the Rowing for Prostate crew cross the Indian Ocean, Hamish Ladbroke – who had been part of the New Zealand team but was forced to pull out because his niece was suffering from cancer – has been rowing for two hours every day since the start of the race almost a month ago.

The race website says Hamish has been raising awareness of the Rowing for Prostate entry and much need funds for the charity by taking his rowing machine to the cold streets of Wanaka, near Queenstown.   He vows not to give up on his dry rowing challenge until he has reached the fund target of $10,000.

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