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For the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge boys are using a boat, which is approximately 7.5 meters long and 1.8 meters wide, which means that they won’t be able to walk about freely on board. The boat is built of wood, fibre glass, carbon fibre and Kevlar. It will have a small cabin, which is the only protection they have against the might of the ocean and powerful sun rays. If the weather proves too much for the boat and it capsizes, the vessel is able to self-right. The boat is also equipped with watermakers which change the sea water into drinking water. All the energy for the GPS and other vital electrical equipment will be supplied by solar panels, which will be installed on the boat. They will be equipped with first aid kits and a few small luxuries and reminders of home. All the rowing boats participating in the challenge are fitted with the latest technology: tracking beacons that signal the boats location, an ‘AIS’ which lets the crews communicate with passing vessels. They also have satellite telephones and specially designed laptops called ‘tough books’. This means that the crews can communicate with the outside world even when they’re 1,500 miles from dry land.
The team has a clear goal of what shape they want to be in when the race starts. They have a fair deal of goals along the way that will challenge them both as a team but also as individuals. They will compete in Åre-Extreme, which is a multi-sport challenge with rafting, mountain running and mountain biking. They will attempt to row the ÅF-offshore race, or Gotland Round. which is one of europes biggest offshore sail event. They will be the first ones to row it.
Other than that, the team will commit themselves to countless hours in the gym and on the rowing machines.