Britannia III have a change of departure point – they will now be following the exact route that the current record-holders, La Mondiale, took in 2007. Puerto de Mogan on Gran Canaria is the new point for leaving dry land and the date, weather allowing, will be January 19th.
There have been delays to the original leaving date due to issues with the Spanish port authorities. Applying for an ocean rowing boat to leave Spanish waters is a tricky process and this year wasn’t any easier. Britannia III was penalised by Tenerife (the port authority for La Gomera) as a previous non-Woodvale boat had left without full paperwork. Woodvale apologise for not publicising this sooner but wanted to make sure that everything was in order for the new departure point.
Luckily Britannia III can leave from Gran Canaria without any penalties and, as luck would have it, they can follow the same route as La Mondiale. This also means that Woodvale will be able to compare like-for-like world records.
The weather window looks to be at its best on 19th January and a mid-afternoon departure is planned.