The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge runs annually in December, where amateur rowers of all ages and nationalities row 3000 mile from La Gomera to Antigua in teams or alone. Rowers are fully self-sufficient, relying on a watermaker, navigational equipment, satellite phone, dehydrated rations and their own rowing ability to make the crossing, fighting through 20ft waves, sleep deprivation and the forces of the ocean environment.
Also a solo rower, I’ll be rowing in a specially built ocean rowing boat fit for purpose, built to withstand the tough marine environment. Like all adventures sports, ocean rowing is not without its risk, however all teams are supported 24/7 via satellite phone by the race’s land based duty officers and two safety yachts in case of emergency. I will also be required to complete several safety courses to prepare for the row.