The World's Toughest Row
'PLUNGE BOLDLY INTO THE THICK OF LIFE, AND SEIZE IT WHERE YOU WILL, IT IS ALWAYS INTERESTING.'
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
THE TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE IS MADE FOR THOSE WITH AN INSATIABLE CRAVING
The first Atlantic crossing took place in 1896 and was completed by two Norwegians, Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo, in 55 days and 13 hours, from Manhattan to Le Havre.
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an annual race, which takes place in December, departing from San Sebastian, La Gomera, Canary Islands and finishing in the English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda. Around 30 crews from around the world take part in a range of crew sizes. The aim is to complete the crossing unassisted.
The current race record is 29 days, 14 hours, 34 minutes.
The current all-female crew record is 34 days, 13 hours, 13 minutes.
The Gulls' plan is simple: Eat lots, work hard, stay hydrated, avoid burning…
The Gulls will row in pairs; rowing for two hours followed by two hours off. When not rowing, they will sleep, eat, clean and catch-up on jobs around the boat. Then repeat, and repeat again...
Around 5,000-6,000 calories a day, each, will be needed to fuel the Gulls’ engines, which will mainly come from freeze-dried meals. Hopefully also treating themselves to the catch of the day on the odd occasion. A solar panel operated ‘water maker’ (desalination unit) will be used to process sea water, making about 30 litres of water at a time to be used for hydration and cleaning.
The Gulls' main goal is to cross the Atlantic ocean, rowing 3,000 miles safely and unassisted.
There are several obstacles they will have to overcome to succeed in their mission.