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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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RowMay15 3MAY 15: PROSTABLOG NZ:  Four of the seven boats have now crossed the 1000-mile mark in the Indian Ocean Rowing Race and race leaders Pura Vida are now fast approaching half way. READ MORE>

Race organisers expect the four-woman crew to reach that point towards the end of next week, more than a month after the start in Geraldton, Western Australia.

The eight-man crew on board Aud Eamus continues to eat up the miles and is now breathing down the necks of Rowing for Prostate.RowMay15 1

A clarification is in order, since I have implied in my posts that these guys aren’t Kiwis.

Rowing For Prostate shore crew supporter Bex Wigram sent this message to Prostablog today:

Loving your blog…its great reading!  I have passed your blogs onto the boys who will be delighted to read it.

Just a wee heads up – they are all 4 kiwis and love in Auckland, Tom was educated here and the others have all moved over in the last 5-10 years. Billy Tom and Matt all live in Takapuna and Pete in Greenhithe :) 

Are you in New Zealand? If so we have a stand at the boat show – number 340 if you would like to pop along and say hello tomorrow or over the weekend.

The Rowing For Prostate website is HERE> and you can send the boys a message via Bex at this addressrowingforprostate@gmail.com RowMay15 2

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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.

row1-ap21View the progress map HERE>

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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