Day 3 proved to be our best yet in the Transatlantic challenge, with the staff starting at 6.30am, followed by a team of 'early bird' students, before the year 7 took to their seats! Gathering momentum now It was non stop all day, with queues for each rowing ergometer. Word had got out earlier that we were slightly off the pace to hit our target by Friday- and the response could not have been better. The year 7s were amazing- working hard throughout the day and contesting closely each inter house competition. Special mention to Daniel Hope and Bradley Simmonds who found themselves rowing solo for Red House at different points in the day. When the bell rung at 3pm, the growing team of 'regulars' descended, accelerating the pace beyond all expectations for another 90 minutes and putting on a spectacular display of fitness and resilience. The teachers, many of whom are aiming for 100k each this week, arrived to offer their support and continued at a relentless pace. Just as the energy levels were dropping, reinforcements arrived in the form of parents, Shanklin rowing club members and Sports centre staff.
Such was the impact of today, we are now firmly on target - with just 714k to go to reach Cape Race in Newfoundland. With two days to go and aspirations rising, we believe -with a good wind - and the prospect of year 9 Thursday, year 6 students and parents in the evening, and finishing with the 'big guns' of year 11/ sixth form Friday we can reach Nova Scotia by Friday afternoon!
Thank you to everyone for such an awesome effort -lets keep it up.