The Elijah’s Star boat is a Rannoch 45, widely considered to be the fastest and safest rowing boat for an Atlantic crossing.
She is 28 feet long and just over 5 feet wide, with a small cabin at each end for protection against storms. She can withstand the worst weather that the ocean can throw at her and keep the crew safe.
The boat has no means of propulsion other than the rowers.
The only power is generated by the solar panels mounted on the cabin roof. This is used to drive navigation, communication and drinking water desalination systems.
Fresh water will be produced by a desalination pump on board and around 300 kg of freeze dried rations will be needed.
All boats are equipped and scrutineered at the race start and cannot take any repair, help, food or water during the crossing.
And no, there isn’t a shower or flushing toilet!
Boat number 37
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