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The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge

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The race runs from La Gomera in the Canaries to Antigua in the Caribbean, with boats covering in excess of 3000 miles, taking up to 90 days for solo rowers. As a pair, we will be rowing in shifts of 2 hours on, 2 hours off for the duration of the race. 

Since its inaugural race in 1997, the event has raised millions for charitable causes all over the world, including a staggering $6m in the last 4 years alone. 

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Fresh Dental Challenge, a pair of dentists from Devon, at the finish line of the Talisker
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Race Stats

  • 1.5 million strokes will be rowed to cross the ocean

  • More people have gone to space than have rowed the Atlantic

  • Rowers experience waves up to 20ft tall

  • Solo rowers can be out at sea for up to 96 days

  • More people have climbed Mount Everest than have rowed an ocean

  • We will need to consume over 5000 calories a day

  • Atlantic rowers lose more than 8kg over the crossing on average

  • We will need to drink over 10 litres every day - provided by a desalinator machine on the boat

  • After the 2020 race saw 4 marlin attacks, Kevlar protection is now a requirement for boats making the crossing

  • There is no toilet onboard - we will be adopting a 'bucket and chuck it' approach

  • In the 2018 race, solo rower Kelda Wood was kept company by a whale for nearly 7 days.