Life on board

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– current record stands at 57 years





The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the worlds No 1 Ocean Endurance Race – 3,000 nautical miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour. It is organised by

In 1966 Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway became the first men to row the Atlantic. During their 92 day passage they faced hurricanes, 50 foot waves and a near starvation diet. This trip laid the foundation for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Since 1997 races across the Atlantic have attracted the brave and intrepid to pit themselves against the elements. Once the crews leave the safety of the harbour they’ll be on their own, on the vast ocean and at the mercy of the elements, until the race comes into its final stretch.

More people have climbed Everest or been into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic, and it is considered to be one of the toughest challenges on the planet. From the sunsets and sunrises to the wildlife that will be encountered first hand – the race offers different experiences to all those involved. There is a constant battle of sleep deprivation, blisters, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict from two-hour shifts around the clock for weeks on end, facing all the raw elements of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Race begins on 12th December 2017 with about 30 teams participating from around the world. The world record to cross the Atlantic is 30 days and the longest is 120 days, making it the toughest rowing race.

We are taking part in the Trio Category of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. We will be rowing 2 hours on, 2 hours off, sometimes alone, sometimes in pairs, 24 hours a day from the very start until we reach the finish in Antigua.

A few Questions that we often get asked:

1) Will you have a boat alongside you in case you get into trouble? There will be a support boat for the race but it will not be escorting any team. The race fleet will be spread out over hundreds of miles. We must cross the Atlantic unsupported and be fully self-sufficient to ensure we are not disqualified from the race. It is likely that we may not see another boat from within hours of the start until the finish line.

2) How do you get water and food? The boat will be fitted with a desalinating machine. We will convert sea water into fresh water. We will use this to rehydrate dried rations for food. We cannot rely on catching fish. We are expecting to lose weight; up to 20% of our body mass!

3) The weather in the Atlantic is bad. What if you capsize? The boats are specially designed ocean rowing boats that are designed to self-right in the event of a capsize. We will have a safety line attaching us to the boat and will wear this at all times.

4) How will you go to the toilet? (This is actually the question that we have been asked more than any other. People are strange…!) Suffice to say that we will have the world’s biggest latrine within a few feet of our rowing position! “Bucket and Chucket” is an expression that many ocean-rowers use.

The Rules

1. Boats can be raced as a solo, pairs or four man team in two different classes: Pure Class and Concept Class, with an overall winner in each of these two classes.

2. No outside assistance is permitted throughout the race. Each team shall carry all necessary food, cooking gas, medical kit, and safety equipment for the entire crossing.

3. Each competitor shall hold a valid RYA Yacht-master Ocean Theory, First Aid at Sea, Sea Survival and a VHF Radio License.

4. Each competitor shall have undertaken a qualifying row and qualifying courses before race start.

5. The boat shall only be propelled by the rowing effort of the crew and the natural action of the wind, waves and currents acting on the boat.

6. Any emergencies, urgent incidents or problem solving must be dealt with in accordance with the Race Crisis Operations Document.

7. All packaging and refuse shall be retained on board until disposal can be arranged at an appropriate location ashore.

8. All drinking water shall by produced using a watermaker from sea water.

For more detailed Race Rules contact the Race Organizer, Atlantic Campaigns.

The race sets off from
San Sebastian de La Gomera
in the Canary Islands.

After 3000 miles of blisters,
sleep deprivation, starvation
and dehydration (not to
mention sharks!) they will
arrive on the beautiful
island of Antigua.