THE TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the premier event in ocean rowing and the Worlds toughest row – A challenge that will take rowers more than 3000 Miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua.
The annual race begins in early December, with up to 35 teams participating from around the world. The race brings together teams from all walks of life united by the same objective: to take on the unique challenge of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat.
Teams battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores, and the physical and mental extremes inflicted by the race. Rowers are left with their own thoughts, the expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side.
In December 2022, Pete and Steve, two Jersey based part time Endurance athletes (Team name: DRAGONFISH) will commence their biggest journey yet, testing their mental strength, physical endurance and friendship to the limits.
They will row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. With extremely limited rowing experience at the time of writing (early 2021), Pete and Steve are certainly raising the bar with this challenge .
Pete and Steve met through their new found love of Endurance events and their thirst for adventure in 2012. They have since gone on to compete in numerous events and challenges, both individually and together.
The challenges undertaken together have included a 6-day 250km ultra-marathon through the Amazon Jungle (Brazil), running the width of England non-stop, a 24 hour non-stop cycle ride and running around all of the Channel Islands over 3 days.
For this challenge, they will be pushing themselves to their mental and physical limits with a view to winning the race and raising much needed awareness and funds for two chosen charities. Durrell are the first charity to have been selected, with Pete and Steve wishing to support the first Rewild Carbon project in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. The project aims to restore 4,500 hectares of vital forest corridors by 2030.
The other chosen charity will be nominated by the title sponsor.
Sogno Atlantico is an Adkin ocean rowing boat, built in 2013 for TWAC2013, it raced in that year’s edition as a pair, successfully completing the race and being one of the few boats not to capsize despite the challenging conditions at the start of the race.
In November 2014 the boat was moved to Cantiere Costantini in Italy, a boatyard with over 100 years of experience in building and designing boats. For the next 12 months Sogno Atlantico underwent extensive work to upgrade the electrical equipment and optimize her performance as a solo boat.
In 2015, the boat made her second successful Atlantic crossing, this time crossing in 52 days. Sogno Atlantico won the solo category, beating all other solos, including the newly designed Rannoch and Rossiter solo boats.
The boat is fast and stable. Sogno Atlantico did not capsize during her second crossing and reached a maximum speed of 15 knots while surfing waves. She was rowed across the Atlantic again in 2018 by two French rowers in 52 days. Most recently, she completed another Atlantic crossing in January 2021 with Frenchmen Giulem and Lilian in the boats fastest time yet, 47 days.
Preparing to row the Atlanic Ocean takes time, training and money. On average, the rowers need to raise between £90,000 and £110,000 per campaign in order to get to the start line. Sponsoring a team’s challenge gives companies and brands the opportunity to align with a project that represents the core values of their business.
Charity One: DURRELL
The fundraising journey starts with the first chosen charity, Durrell. Fundraising began in 2015 when DragonFish competed in a 150 mile 6-day ultramarathon through the Amazon Forest of Brazil. They are passionate about conservation and supporting the first Rewild Carbon project in the Atlantic Forest of Brazil. The project aims to restore 4,500 hectares of vital forest corridors by 2030.
Charity Two: MACMILLAN
Like so many, they have been exposed to the horrors of Cancer over the past few years. The second chosen charity, Macmillan Jersey, has become a necessary part of life and that of so many other islanders. Macmillan are there to offer support to people in Jersey with any type of cancer and at any stage.
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