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8 February 2017 : Elaine has only 300 miles to go Read the Stirling Observer Article
1 February 2017 : Elaine nears Atlantic race record bid Read the Stirling Observer Article
4 January 2017 : Update on Dunblane rower Elaine Hopley as she rows the Atlantic Read the Stirling Observer Article
7 December 2016 : Dunblane rower Elaine Hopley all set to take on the Atlantic in tiny boat. Elaine will take on the 3000 mile journey across the ocean as she aims to become the fastest woman to solo-row the ocean - based on an article in Stirling Observer by Gareth Iwan Jones - 7 December 2016
Dunblane rower Elaine Hopley has arrived in Spain as she prepares to tackle the Atlantic. She flew to the tiny island of la Gomera at the weekend, where she has been reunited with the 22 foot boat she will undertake the daunting 3000 mile journey in. The boat was transported to the isle near Tenerife last month, and Elaine will now spend the next week working on getting the vessel ready for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, which begins on December 14. She hopes to arrive in the Caribbean island of Antigua in under 70 days, becoming the fastest woman to solo-row across the ocean. She has now said farewell to her family, and said that she has to put the emotions of leaving them at home out of her head come race time. “I’ll have to get the boat ready when I arrive, and being a solo rower, I need to make sure I meet and speak to all the other teams so we can help each other,” said Elaine.
Competitors in the challenge must purchase all items from an inventory that contains a host of high-tech safety equipment. They must carry two radios at all times, with race organisers able to track their position to within a 400 metre radius of the 3,000 mile route and support vessels nearby to offer assistance. Elaine has spent more than three years fundraising for the challenge, and hopes during the trans-ocean row to net thousands of pounds for Alzheimers Scotland in memory of her late mother Janice, who suffered from early-onset dementia. To donate to her challenge, and to keep up to date with her progress visit www.eh-oceanrow.com