The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
What is it?
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a race from San Sebastian Harbour in La Gomera just off Tenerife in the Canary Islands 3000 miles following the sailing clipper trade route to English Harbour, Antigua. The race is unsupported which means we will take all our food with us and make water with a desalinator. In the 2019 race 40 crews are entered ranging from solo rowers, pairs, trios, fours and fives. The race is organised by Atlantic Campaigns.
The project started in January 2019 and will take until the start on the 11th December 2020 to prepare everything, raise enough money to get to the start line, do all the training and pass the extensive scrutineering by Ian Coach the Safety Officer for Atlantic Campaigns.
Our boat is a beautiful Rannoch Adventure R45 which is suitable for crews of 3, 4 or 5 people. She has done two successful crossings with Team Wight Lightening and Team Astro to Atlantic. She has two cabins, a larger one at the bow and a smaller one containing the navigation equipment at the stern. The first R45 was ‘Rose’ used by Team Yorkshire Rows, a team of 4 middle aged Mums from Yorkshire who in in 2015 race became multiple record holders. Their 40 minute documentary on you tube is well worth a watch.
“You can never cross the ocean, until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore”
Coxless crew | pacific ocean crossing 2015
Bashed hands Salt Sores Sleep deprivation Rowing in the heat Sun stroke Sleeping, cooking and rowing in a 28ft boat Dangerous wildlife Storms and huge waves Eating the same dehydrated food Blisters No shower or toilet
Leaving sight of land Living in a confined space Personal fears Missing loved ones Lack of home comforts