It is a matter of days until our 16 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge teams set off on the journey of a lifetime. Messages of support from around the world are coming in and with such a large task in front of them it is only fitting we share a message from someone who has faced a similar challenge before, Sir Chay Blyth. In 1966 Sir Chay Blyth rowed across the North Atlantic with John Ridgway from Cape Cod on the North American Coastline to Ireland. Their epic journey took place in a 20ft open dory named the “English Rose III” and during their 92 day passage they faced hurricanes, 50ft waves and a near starvation diet. Their voyage was a challenge, a test of strength and endurance and laid the foundation for ocean rowing. Sir Chay’s message to the 2013 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge teams: “When I rowed the North Atlantic with John Ridgway in 1966, little did I dream it would develop into a series of races, each one more challenging than the last. When I first created the event in 1997, my aim was to open this challenge to ordinary people, but in reality, I believe every one of our rowers is extraordinary by taking on this challenge of a lifetime. In five days, 16 teams will set off from La Gomera, each one vying to be the winner of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The race however, has become more than a competitive race. It truly changes lives as the crews raise money for charities and build camaraderie between the international teams competing. I wish all the competitors the very best of luck for a safe and successful voyage; my advice, keep the boat moving forward!” Sir Chay Blyth