The idea of the Atlantic Challenge race came to Sir Chay Blyth whilst he was rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 with John Ridgeway. It was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 50 foot waves and near starvation.
It’s no surprise then that more people have climbed Everest than rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation.
We will row more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean, the Atlantic. Heading west from San Sebastiean in La Gomera (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua (17oN 61oW). Once we leave the safety of the harbour we’ll be on our own, on the vast ocean and at the mercy of the elements, until the race comes into its final stretch.
That’s why the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s toughest row.