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- The Toby Wallace has been designed to achieve a “4 minute mile of ocean rowing” and is one of the lightest and most advanced rowing boats ever built. She weighs less than 200 kilos and has 5 ballast tanks to maximise her self-righting ability – comforting for our crew
- Each crew member has a 2kg luggage allowance – that’s the equivalent weight of just 2 bags off sugar! They have had to streamline their supplies wherever possible, from sawing their tooth brushes in half to snipping off the corners of food packets.
- There is little shelter on the boat which can leave the crew BAKING on board! Despite the sweaty conditions, the crew need to try and keep their t-shirts on when they can to avoid sun-stroke (we imagine there are already a few sunburnt noses).
- Each rower can be burning up to 1000 calories an hour- that’s a potential 12,000 calories a day being burnt by each member (lean, mean, rowing machines!)
- The crew’s food intake has been carefully assessed to provide 6500 calories per day which consists of regular high protein powdered food and sugary snacks. Oreos appear to be a favourite!
- Each man is rationed to 8 wet-wipes a day to clean themselves to ensure minimal chaffing and smelly lycra!
- The crew are reliant on their on-board reverse osmosis machine for clean water. This takes in sea water and removes the salt and impurities so it is safe for them to drink.
- There are no toilet facilities on board, so the crew are enjoying the delights of a good old fashioned bucket!
( * James is still sporting the same cheesy grin he was before the launch 16 days ago!)