Ocean wildlife lifts spirits of rowers Azud and Justin

By editorial@middevonadvertiser.co.uk in Other News

THE end is in sight for brave dentists Azud and Justin as they enter the final week of their Atlantic challenge.

Azud Irshad, from Newton Abbot, and Justin Marney, from Torbay, hope to complete the 3,000-mile Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge next Thursday – after 57 days out at sea.

The pair set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 14. The finish line is Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua.

Some boats have completed the race already, including the first boat in, Latitude 35, whose four-man crew broke the world record by completing the race in 35 days, 14 hours and three minutes.

Along the way, Azud and Justin have encountered huge waves; tankers; whales; the occasional shark; and flying fish.

Conditions are ‘quite tricky’ at the moment and the pair are concerned they are being pushed too far north by the power of the waves.

Justin blogged about their situation last weekend.

‘Conditions were very tricky last night. Huge waves crashing over the boat and cloud coverage meant zero visibility,’ he posted.

‘Under such circumstances we decided to store the oars and take shelter in the sealed cabin. We still covered an amazing amount of ground despite being hunkered down.

‘Yesterday we were surfing down waves doing up to 10 knots at times. Great day in the surf but constantly aware of the danger of capsize.

‘We are now very concerned that we are being pushed further north and don’t want to miss the island. We’re trying a few things to stop the boat being pushed, but obviously conditions are dictating our options.’

Despite the conditions the pair are still being entertained by close encounters with ocean wildlife.

Read full story in the February 3 edition of the Mid-Devon Advertiser

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