Photo credit Atlantic Campaigns and Tali

THE RACE

 

The Taliskey Whisky Atlantic Challenge is widely renowned as "the world's toughest rowing race". In December 2023, David and Garry will set sail from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, rowing 30000 miles, battling 30 ft waves and burning in excess of 5000 calories per day to reach the finish line at English Harbour in Antigua around six weeks later.

We know what you're thinking - we must be crazy. Well, maybe we are. We can expect to battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores, and huge physical extremes, but we just can't resist a challenge, especially when it's all in the name of a good cause. The race will be tough, yes, but what an incredible experience. We can never turn down an opportunity to make new memories. As we have remained sporty and healthy throughout our lives, we have talked for some time about marking the occasion with an appropriate challenge….and why not the world’s toughest row?!

We will be setting sail in early December, 2023, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. Teams will gather in the race village San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands. The atmosphere is electric as people help each other prepare for the challenge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. All with the same objective – to take on the unique experience of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat.

We can't quite imagine how it will feel to cross that finish line, but we know one thing for certain - we can't wait to have you with us for the journey, to share in our highs and our lows and to help make as much money as possible for the Royal National Lifeboats Institute, a cause about which we are both truly passionate.

So buckle up and enjoy the ride. It's sure to be a bumpy one..!

 

SOME RACE FACTS...

EACH TEAM WILL ROW IN EXCESS OF 1.5 MILLION OAR STROKES OVER A RACE.

ROWERS WILL ROW FOR 2 HOURS, AND SLEEP FOR 2 HOURS, CONSTANTLY, 24 HOURS A DAY.

MORE PEOPLE HAVE CLIMBED EVEREST THAN ROWED AN OCEAN.

 

OVER €6MILLION HAS BEEN RAISED FOR CHARITIES WORLDWIDE OVER THE PAST 4 RACES.

EACH ROWER LOSES ON AVERAGE 12KG CROSSING THE ATLANTIC.

THE WAVES THE ROWERS WILL EXPERIENCE CAN MEASURE UP TO 20FT HIGH.

 

EACH ROWER IS EXPECTED TO USE 800 SHEETS OF TOILET PAPER DURING THEIR CROSSING.

EACH ROWER NEEDS TO AIM TO CONSUME 10  LITRES  OF WATER PER DAY.

ROWERS BURN IN EXCESS OF 5,000 CALORIES PER DAY.