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

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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? 


What do you think? Let me know!

  1. wellcaffeinatedtraveller · December 15

    Holy cow! I definitely do not think I could do this. What if they have to go to the bathroom? Much respect for these men and women!

    • Sarah · December 15

      Haha, in a bucket perhaps?!

  2. 100cobbledroads · December 15

    There are certainly no limits to the adventurous spirit of the human race. This is quite something! Calls for perseverance of the highest order.

  3. karolinapatryk · December 15

    OMG sounds like a really difficult goal to achieve! I hope they will succeeded, seems like they are pretty determined.

  4. Translating Traveler · December 15

    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!

  5. durhamslovelifetravel · December 15

    oh Wow, how incredible. I would be so frightened by storms or big waves etc. Not to mention so many days on a tiny row boat. That is a strong mental and well as physical challenge.

  6. carmyy · December 15

    The mile markers are so fun! I feel like I can totally do this…if someone else is rowing and I’m just along for the ride 😉

  7. katy@untoldmorsels · December 15

    Oh my goodness that is a tough challenge. My husband sailed across the Atlantic a few years ago and that was incredibly difficult. Rowing it is at a whole other level. Best of luck to them

  8. Blair Villanueva · December 15

    Rowing is also an amazing sports I’ve seen especially in Hong Kong. Do they also compete in Hong Kong?

    • Sarah · December 15

      This particular race is across the Atlantic from Spain to America 🙂

  9. Miriam Ernst · December 15

    OMG I think this is something I could not do, big … no, HUGE respect and admiration for these people!!

  10. Indrani · December 15

    OMG! Such a brave and adventurous lot! I don’t think I can sustain this. I would love to read how this tour went on. Please do update.

  11. Joanna · December 15

    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.

  12. anjuprakash · December 15

    Wow this is like a Herculean feat! 3000 miles without any assistance! Kudos to these guys for getting on this journey!

  13. Ana Ojha · December 15

    Never heard of this race before! But boy, sounds like an exhilarating experience of a lifetime!

  14. vishvarsha · December 15

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

    • Sarah · December 15

      Seriously tough!! 3000 miles / 40 days of constant rowing :0

  15. Ami Bhat · December 15

    That is quite ambitious. 40 days of sea and rowing . I suppose it would be a great combo of fun and hard work. Glad you could wish them luck.

  16. verushka · December 15

    Such an amazing experience ! And love the raising funds for charity concept as well. I am sure lots of preparation is needed to be physically and mentally strong.