The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the premier event in ocean rowing – a challenge that will take participants more than 4800 km west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. The race structure brings together an environment where teamsfrom 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.
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. Boats are seven meters long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing. 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 – you are left with your own thoughts, an expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side. It’s now your 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 watch systems and knowing everything there is to know about your rowing boat.
The mental and physical endurance will result in a life changing achievement and in the closing days of the challenge – the excitement of reaching Antigua will be your foremost thought with every pull of the oars.
Competitors have to battle storms, navigation, sharks, hunger, sea sickness, soreness, loneliness and 16 hours a day rowing for two months.
Participants in the challenge each year are rowing for charities of their choice. Throughout the challenge, funds will be raised through donations from the public for their chosen charity and causes close