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A challenge that will take me more than 3000 Miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW).

The annual race starts on December 12, with up to 45 teams participating from around the world.

World's Toughest Row - Atlantic 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.cross

- The new Race Record for Female Solo rowers: 59 days, 16 hours and 36 minutes 

- The World Record: 40 days, 21 hours and 1 minute 


All teams battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores and physical extremes inflicted by the race.

Rowers are left with their own thoughts, an expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side.

The mental and physical endurance will result in a life-changing achievement, that will never be forgotten.

Race Facts


Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes over a race.

Team rowers will row for 2 hours, and sleep for 2 hours, constantly, 24 hours a day, solo rowers will row a different rhythm.

Over €6million has been raised for charities worldwide over the past 4 races.

At its deepest, the Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km/5.28 miles deep.

The waves the rowers will experience can measure up to 20ft high.

There are two safety yachts supporting the teams as they cross the ocean. In the 2013 race, one yacht traveled a massive 9000nm!

The 2013 winning Team Locura arrived in Antigua with a blue marlin beak pierced through the hull of the boat.

The teams are supported 24/7 by two land-based duty officers. All teams will have satellite phone which enables them to contact the safety team and/or passing boats in the event of an emergency.

Each rower needs to aim to consume 10  litres  of water per day. The teams need to filter water from the ocean by using a desalinator.Rowers burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day. The rowers will be eating highly calorific dehydrated meals (imagine astronaut food). which must be re-hydrated with boiling water.

There is no toilet on board – rowers use a bucket!

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