Men of Oar rowers have whale of a time

Team Men of Oar led by local man Robin Drysdale are now within 10 days of Antigua after rowing across the Atlantic.

Thursday, 24th January 2019, 2:10 pm
Team Men of Oar at the start of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018.

They are taking part in the 3,000-nautical mile (nm) Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

“We are now less than 800nm from Antigua, so we feel we are really close to achieving our goal,” said Robin.

A highlight of the past week has been a series of close encounters with a minke whale.

Robin, who grew up in Ayton and went to school in Berwick, happened to be on duty when a minke whale breached 50m off the stern of the boat.

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“This was our first of two whale encounters within the week,” said Robin. “Both times the whales have swum alongside us for around an hour, swimming under the boat and showing us a little of their white underbelly. Initial concerns were that this was some sort of mating ritual but fortunately no further advances were made on our boat!”

The team have experienced mixed weather in recent days with lots of rain.

“Good tailwinds have been helping us to gain speed toward Antigua, but we have become reacquainted with the sniper wave as a result,” revealed Robin. “The sniper wave is a wave which comes from the direction you least expect, and strikes when you least expect it, breaking over the boat and the unsuspecting rower.”