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Atlantic rowing: Mutiny at sea as one of Big Blue’s crew wanted to quit

Sara G and Hallin Marine close to Barbados and a new record

As the two lead boats near Barbados, the demoralized crew of Big Blue (photo above) are so far behind that they have no hope of breaking the record. The problem was the winds that held Big Blue for two weeks off the coast of Africa. Whether the boat’s radical design is part of the problem or not a factor is something that only the crew know at this point.

One of Big Blue’s crew posted an audio message on January 31st that told of profanity amongst the crew and her wish to quit and swim to any passing yacht. Margaret Bowling seemed upset as she posted the audio on her blog, but the winds let up and the moment passed. Big Blue is now making well over 100 miles a day, but it’s too late for the record. Continue reading

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Sara G makes it to Barbados after 57 days and 20 hours at sea!

The tired but happy crew of Sara G arrived in Bridgetown in the dark hours Wednesday night. We’ll expect to see an update on their website when they wake up!


Here is one of BFP’s previous stories about their journey: Cross-Atlantic rowers “coming under sustained heavy attacks from kamikazi flying fish” as Sara G nears Barbados


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Cross-Atlantic rowers “coming under sustained heavy attacks from kamikazi flying fish” as Sara G nears Barbados

“News just in is that after several nights of sustained heavy attacks from flying fish, they have officially declared war on Sara G.

Commenting on the matter, second-in-command Peter Williams was quoted as saying “Flying fish: I just don’t trust them.”

His comments have possibly escalated the matter. Last night was the worst night so far as the Kamikazi fish entered the stern cabin. Several fish have also landed on deck in an attempt to gain control of the oars…”

… from a podcast War with Flying Fish by Mike Jones aboard Sara-G – rowing from Africa to Barbados

Sara-G’s crew either in good humour or going crazy after 43 days at sea

We’ve been following the progress of the Sara G as the mixed crew rows its way from Africa to Barbados. (BFP’s earlier article Sara G about half way across Atlantic – Heading for Barbados)

Blogger Mike Jones is Irish and the rest of the crew hail from England, Portugal and Canada. They had a horrible start and were forced back into harbour for a few days by bad weather. Then they lost a couple of oars in heavy waves – but continue to tough it out as they head for Bridgetown. At one point they were over 300 miles south of their intended (and the shortest) route.

From the trackmap on the Sara G’s website it looks like they have about 500 miles left before they are able to raise a Banks Beer.

All we can say to Mike and the crew of Sara G is that the Bajan flying fish aren’t attacking. Barbados Free Press sent them out and they’re trying to assist by pushing the Sara G a little faster towards B’town.


You can track the Sara G’s progress at their website: Atlantic 5000.com


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Sara G about half way across Atlantic – Heading for Barbados

The crew of Sara G are rowing 5000km from Africa to Barbados and after 29 days they are about half way across. We’ve been following their progress and tribulations and it hasn’t been an easy go for the five guys and one girl out in the middle of the Atlantic.

They’ve have been knocked about by waves, blown backwards for days and lost a bit of equipment overboard but so far no one is injured too badly.

Besides the adventure, the purpose of the trip is to raise funds for the Milford Care Centre (Limerick) and The Marymount Hospice (Cork) in Ireland.

You can follow the progress of Mike Jones and the others at the Atlantic 5000.com website.

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