Launched in 2012 and organised by Atlantic Campaigns, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s No.1 Ocean Endurance Race. It all started in 1966 when Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway made history by becoming the first men to row the Atlantic. It was 92 days of battle against hurricanes, 50 ft waves, and a near starvation diet. It’s no surprise then that more people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. 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 one of the toughest races on earth.
Teams will row more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world's second largest ocean, heading west from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua. Once they leave the safety of the harbour they are on their own in the vast ocean against the mercy of the elements. One support boat in on the water, but with the rowers so spread it can take up to three day's to reach any one boat. No outside support is permitted once the race begins and rowers will be disqualified in the event of requiring support. No boat shall receive any extra supplies during the race, including food, water or equipment.
The boats are specially made and equipped with watermakers, which change sea water to drinking water. The solar panels power the GPS and other vital electrical equipment and all boats are fitted with tracking beacons to signal the boats location.