Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge :: Check out the video

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17 crews, incuding a four members of Lyme Regis gig club, left the Canary Islands on 5th December to start the world’s toughest rowing race: the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. [This post has been sponsored by Talisker]

Only 12 crews remain as they battle with tough conditions, 3,000 miles of ocean and at least 50 days at sea.  The crew from Lyme Regis are currently in 7TH PLACE and their latest tweet read: ”All going well despite being becalmed for 36 hours! Winds picking up again now. Will post a blog on the website tomorrow.” follow them on their website here: http://www.spiritofcorinth.co.uk/and here http://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/team/the-corinthians

A solo rower, a team of six injured ex army veterans and an all female five crew are among those rowing the Atlantic to raise money for their favourite charities.

All teams will spend both Christmas and New Year’s Day on the ocean and hope to land in Barbados from mid January onwards.


Teams from around the world have embarked on the world’s toughest rowing race – Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The race began in Spain’s San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canary Islands, and teams are following the ‘Columbus Route’ westbound across the mid-Atlantic to Port St Charles in Barbados. They are facing very tough conditions and are likely to row 3,000 miles. On average crews will take at least 50 days to complete the challenge and will be rowing over Christmas and New Year. They are expected to arrive in the Caribbean from mid-January onwards, although not all teams will succeed in finishing the crossing.

17 boats started the race, with teams from all over the globe: two solo rowers, fifteen two, four or six person crews. Sleeping in tiny cabins and rowing two hours on, two hours off, they are on a challenging journey. So far, 5 teams have retired from the race, including Team Tom who had to be rescued mid-Atlantic after their boat capsized.

Leading the race currently is Andrew Brown, a solo rower raising money for Help a London Child: “I’ve sailed across the Atlantic before and the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the perfect opportunity for me to challenge myself further.”

Row2Recovery is a team of six ex-servicemen, four of whom have serious injuries of war, including Neil Heritage, a double amputee. They aim to raise £1M for ‘Help the Heroes’.

RowforFreedom is the first all female crew of five to row across the Atlantic and are aiming to break the world record for the fastest ever female trans-Atlantic row. They are raising money for ECPAT UK and the A21 Campaign, both charities campaigning to end human trafficking.

Team Tiger is a husband and wife team, raising money for St Mungo’s and the Huntingdon’s Disease Association: “As incurable rowers, we’ve done our fair share of going to interesting places and rowing in them, and an ocean is the ultimate next step. So this is less of a race for us and more of an ocean safari.”

Atlantic Dash, Jamie Windsor and John Haskell, two firefighters from Wales, are raising money for the Fire Fighters Charity in a fire truck themed boat.

Soneravnorge, a Norwegian duo, Emil Eide Eriksen and Trond Bratland Erichsen, are raising money for the national organisation for heart and lung disease, Landsforeningen for Hjerte-og Lungesyke.

Find out more here : www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com

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