1 Year ago – Nabs and Britannia III make land in Barbados

Thursday 15th March 2012

Nabs El-Busaidy and the crew of Britannia III arrived in Barbados on 15th March 2011 at 02:36 GMT. Their final journey time was 42 days, 17 hours, 54 minutes.

Back row L-R (Guy Griffiths, Jon Paine. Miek Palmer, Shaun Pedley, Roger Gould, Simon Chalk. Ben Gothard, Colin Gray) Front row L-R (Beth O’Kain, Anna Lewis, Nabs El-Busaidy, Suzanne Pinto, Jennifer Weterings)

All crew are well and have rested and refuelled with food since arriving in the luxury marina of Port St Charles, Barbados. They were welcomed in by many friends and family who had been waiting for their arrival eagerly by the beach. Flares were set off just before 10:30 local time as Britannia III took her final few strokes to make land.

This row marks Simon Chalk’s fifth Ocean Row. He now takes his place in history alongside Emmanuel Coindre who completed his fifth Ocean Row in 2005. Another Ocean Rower, Roger Gould, was on board Britannia and this marks his second successful crossing. Roger participated in the first ever official Atlantic rowing race in 1997. First-time American Ocean Rower Suzanne Pinto has become the oldest female to row an ocean – she is 58 and from Longmont, Colorado. Nabs El-Busaidy has become the first Arab to row an Ocean.

Although Britannia III set out to break the mid-Atlantic speed crossing, a record which was broken at the beginning of March by Matt Craughwell and his team on board Sara G, the crew had an enjoyable and successful crossing and skipper Simon is already planning his next record attempt.

Kate Battes

Events Director

Woodvale Ocean Ltd

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Nabs and Britannia III Make Land in Barbados

Wednesday 16th March 2011

16 Mar 2011

Nabs El-Busaidy and the crew of Britannia III arrived in Barbados on 15th March 2011 at 02:36 GMT. Their final journey time was 42 days, 17 hours, 54 minutes.

Back row L-R (Guy Griffiths, Jon Paine. Miek Palmer, Shaun Pedley, Roger Gould, Simon Chalk. Ben Gothard, Colin Gray) Front row L-R (Beth O’Kain, Anna Lewis, Nabs El-Busaidy, Suzanne Pinto, Jennifer Weterings)

All crew are well and have rested and refuelled with food since arriving in the luxury marina of Port St Charles, Barbados. They were welcomed in by many friends and family who had been waiting for their arrival eagerly by the beach.  Flares were set off just before 10:30 local time as Britannia III took her final few strokes to make land.

This row marks Simon Chalk’s fifth Ocean Row.  He now takes his place in history alongside Emmanuel Coindre who completed his fifth Ocean Row in 2005.  Another Ocean Rower, Roger Gould, was on board Britannia and this marks his second successful crossing.  Roger participated in the first ever official Atlantic rowing race in 1997.  First-time American Ocean Rower Suzanne Pinto has become the oldest female to row an ocean – she is 58 and from Longmont, Colorado. Nabs El-Busaidy has become the first Arab  to row an Ocean.

Although Britannia III set out to break the mid-Atlantic speed crossing, a record which was broken at the beginning of March by Matt Craughwell and his team on board Sara G, the crew had an enjoyable and successful crossing and skipper Simon is already planning his next record attempt.


Nabs has Less than 1000nm to Row!

Tuesday 1st March 2011

28 Feb 2011

News this week has been quite slow for Britannia.  They have had adverse winds and haven’t been able to make the progress they would like.  However the wildlife has been amazing this week – pilot whales, dolphins and of course Nabs’ whales.

It was great to start the week off with  “Britannia have reached the half-way point” and to be able to finish the week off on a positive note and say that as of 07:02 GMT this morning Nabs and the crew of Britannia III have only 968nm to row towards the finish. Exciting not only for friends and families to know that they will see their loved ones soon, but a huge motivator for the crew.

Our current ESTIMATED arrival date for Britannia is around the 11/12th March.  We have chosen these dates to ensure that families and friends can be in Barbados to see their arrival.  Although a few days before they should make land (going by their daily mileage), in our experience crews tend to speed up in the last few days of their crossing and we wouldn’t want families to be in a position where they miss the arrival of the boat and crew.

This week will see Nabs and the crew crossing the mid-Atlantic ridge, the longest mountain range in the world.

Since January 31st life has moved on.  People have gone to work every day, looked after their families, cooked 30 dinners and drank approximately 150 cups of tea each.  There has been a massive earthquake in New Zealand, people have been made redundant and found new jobs, babies have been born and shown their first real smiles.

And all this time, Nabs and thirteen other brave souls from all around the world have been rowing.  Day in, day out. Only resting if the weather is so bad they are forced to stop. They haven’t eaten a single green vegetable, drunk a single drop of beer or been able to eat their usual breakfast cereal with ice cold milk.  They haven’t seen a duvet for 30 days, or a toilet seat, let alone watched the television with their feet up on the sofa. They’ve had to prescribe their own medicines, ration their t-bags and drink water that’s come out of a machine.

Today we raise a glass to our intrepid rowers and wish them fair winds and smooth passage for the rest of their journey to Barbados.


Atlantic Allum Cup 2011

Wednesday 12th January 2011
Playa Famara #4

Image by palestrina55 via Flickr

In celebration of the first ever pairs row across the Mid-Atlantic Ocean Woodvale Challenge are pleased to announce a new racing event “The Atlantic Allum Cup”. On January 12 1971 the Allum cousins left Las Palmas headed for America. A drinking water shortage meant that the cousins had to cut their row short and Geoff and Don Allum arrived at Harrison Point, Barbados 73 days after setting off.

Woodvale Challenge is launching the Atlantic Allum Cup on 12th January 2011 – the 40th anniversary of the Allum Cousins pioneering row and will be putting out one of the fastest rowing boats in existence.

Woodvale will run a record campaign for the mid-Atlantic route (La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Barbados – 2600 miles away). The record will be more than just rowing hard…route selection, reaction to situations and a degree of luck with the weather all come into play.

Woodvale is launching Britannia III – one of the fastest boats ever built – a 15 man boat which crossed the Atlantic in 38 days in early 2010