"Help Us To Help Others"
THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ROW - MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INTO SPACE OR CLIMBED EVEREST THAN HAVE ROWED THE ATLANTIC.
We are four ordinary chaps, all in our fifties, and a couple now in their sixties, who relished the physical and mental challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in December 2019 through to January 2020. We have all served for at least 20 years in the military and share bonds of friendship through playing rugby together over many years. We all considered ourselves extremely fortunate to be able to even consider attempting such an adventure at this stage in our lives. Rather than dashing off to buy a sports car, we wanted to push ourselves to our physical and mental limits and achieve something quite incredible. We wanted to give something back and inspire others to achieve the seemingly impossible.
It’s no surprise that more people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic, it is a huge challenge. Rowing the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in 50 days tested the limit of our physical and mental strength to achieve something unthinkable and remarkable. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation.
That’s why the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s toughest row and we did it!.We completed the Atlantic Challenge on 31 January 2020, taking 50 days and 19 minutes to complete the row; it was incredibly tough, as expected; at times it was very frustrating but it was a truly amazing experience. The support from from family, friends and so many new friends through Facebook and "dot-watching" through the Yellow Brick Races app was quite amazing and inspirational - it was a wonderful team effort. The reception in Antigua was fantastic and it was wonderful to be with our loved ones once again after 50 days at sea. The support from Atlantic Campaigns during the 3 years of planning, preparation, training and during the actual race was tremendous. We are still working together to handover the boat to the Wrekin Rowers, another team from the Shropshire Adventure Rowing Club, and we are still raising funds for our charities.
Thank you all so much for all your support and encouragement. What's next ............. we shall all have to wait and see!