Could You Cross the Atlantic Ocean in Just a Rowing Boat?

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The World’s Toughest Row 2016 Has Begun!

Yesterday morning, 12 teams from around the globe set off on The World’s Toughest Row. They will be rowing for almost 3,000 miles without any outside assistance.

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30 minutes before departure!

This mighty challenge starts in the small town of San Sebastian de La Gomera, in the Canary Islands and finishes in Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua, in the West Indies.

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The boats that participants will be spending Christmas, New Year’s and possibly the next 40 days in are seven metres long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms.

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Stuart Connacher, Charl Gale & Wayne Johnson from South Africa

They will watch beautiful sunsets, encounter incredible wildlife and, for the solo rowers at least, learn how to be completely by oneself- the nearest person could be a day’s sail away! What an incredible experience, it just overwhelms me! These are some seriously cool people. They’ll be facing sleep deprivation, salt sores, not to mention the mental and emotional challenges of being completely helpless. The safe haven of La Gomera completely behind them… only an expanse of ocean in front.

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Who runs the world? GIRLS! Sarah Hornby, Kate Hallam, Becky Charlton & Charlie Best from the UK

You will become a member of a small community of friends that have shared the adventures of an ocean crossing. 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.

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Jason Caldwell, Matthew Brown, Angus Collins, Alex Simpson from The USA

The races have raised an incredible 3 MILLION euros since 2013 for charities including Brain Reseach Trust, Children’s Hospice, Cancer Research, Yorkshire Air Ambulance, YMCA, Multiple Sclerosis Trust and many, many more.

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Gavan Hennigan from Galway, Ireland

Currently living in La Gomera, I was lucky enough to cheer them on at the starting line. The atmosphere was absolutely buzzing, the school children were waving posters and cheering. You could feel the nerves and excitement. After years of planning and preparation, their dream to row across the Atlantic is finally coming true.

 

Take a look at the teams and browse through their blogs, they should be updating them throughout the race with inside info on what they’re going through. I read during last year’s race, many of the rowers did it naked to avoid sores! Would you ever take on a challenge like this? 

Hi! I'm Sarah. I dropped out of university tired with the mundane life I was living in England. Now I'm an aspiring ex-pat of the world, having already lived and worked in Vietnam, Italy and Maldives. I'm using this blog to document my experiences and hopefully inspire others!

19 Comments

  1. This is crazy. I admire people that have such strength and determination to achieve such extreme goals. I bet it’s the experience of a lifetime!

  2. This must be one of the thoroughest challenges I have ever heard of. I didn’t even know that you could cross the Atlantic ocean just by rowing. These people are so brave and courageous.

  3. Dont really know how tough the whole rowing experience would have been for people there but it sure looks very adventurous and fun 😀

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