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Less than 20% of ocean rowers are female.


More people have climbed Everest than rowed an ocean.

Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million strokes.

At its deepest the Atlantic ocean is 8.5km deep.

Each rower will use 800 sheets of toilet paper.


Each rower needs to consume 5000 calories a day and 10 litres of water.

There is no toilet – just a bucket!

Each rower loses on average 12kg crossing the Atlantic.

A fully functioning water maker takes 30 minutes to make 20 litres of water.

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The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a rowing race like no other. It is the ultimate endurance race across the world's second largest ocean - the Atlantic. 


The Atlantic Ocean was first rowed in 1896. Since then there have been numerous epic voyages and records broken, yet more people have climbed Everest than have successfully rowed across the Atlantic.


In December 2021, approximately 30 crews will set off to row the 3,000 nautical miles to Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua. The fastest crews may cross within a month, but over 80 days at sea is not unheard of.


We will row non-stop, two hours on, two hours off, in a 23-foot ocean rowing boat. 


We will have to carry everything required for the race with us, because once we set off from La Gomera we are unlikely to see another boat or human being until our arrival in Antigua.


We will battle storms, 25-foot waves, salt sores, sleep deprivation, hunger and a lack of home comforts. In fact, we will be lacking most things - including beds and a toilet! Christmas and New Year will bring little in the way of presents and pudding, delivering us potential equipment failure, sharks, shipping lanes and capsizes instead.


However, with careful preparation, plenty of support from family and friends and teamwork on the crossing, we hope to make it to Antigua in record time.