Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge
The toughest race on earth
Crossing the Atlantic is never ever easy, but people have endured it for hundreds of years. The very first crossings were made to discover and explore new lands. Today, most crossings are made by huge cargo ships transporting essential goods.
But some daring people cross the Atlantic to test the limit of human endurance, to achieve something unthinkable.
The race began from the inspiring thoughts and plans that Sir Chay Blyth had whilst he was rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 with John Ridgeway. It was 92 days of a battle against hurricanes, 50ft waves and a near starvation diet.
Almost half of the century later, 30 teams from all over the world will once again take part in the premier event in ocean rowing - A challenge that will take them more than 4.800 km west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua " Barbuda. The race structure brings together an environment where teams from across the globe gather in the race village San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands. The atmosphere is electric as people help each other prepare for the challenge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. All with the same objective – to take on the unique experience of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat. The party atmosphere creates strong friendships and competiveness gives way to camaraderie that will continue throughout the event.
But down to the serious business of rowing an ocean. 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, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict. Once the safe haven and party atmosphere of port is left behind – the crew is left with their own thoughts, an expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side. It’s now their World. A basic existence leaving behind the memories and smells of land and dealing with the emotions of leaving loved ones behind. The focus changes to your teammate, watch systems and knowing everything there is to know about your rowing boat.
It’s no surprise then that more people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation.
That’s why the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is one of the toughest races on earth.