Raising money by rowing across the atlantic sea? Sounds like something crazy? It isn’t so crazy after all. There is an event that it holds each year – World’s Toughest Row. This event is the greatest challenge of all times where the participants are expected to row across the Atlantic Ocean almost 3,000 miles. The rowing race starts from the Canary Islands to the West Indies. The donations generated from this event are given to a different charity every year. A company called the Talisker single malt Scotch whiskey runs it and the challenge is called the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. It is a charity event along with being an endurance test for the participants. For this challenge, the rowing starts in December. This event has been around for the past four years and has known to raise about €6million towards charities.
World’s Toughest Row: Introduction
In 2017, there were two guys from Dunblane who rowed across the Atlantic and donated the proceeds to the Firefighters Charity. This team was at sea for 55 days and has faced a lot of issues right from minimal protection from nature to sleep deprivation to losing weight. The participating teams normally take a year or two to prepare for the event. They have to undergo different levels of fitness and endurance so that they are prepared for the race. They are asked to put on about 10-15 kgs of weight since they are expected to lose weight while in the challenge.
World’s Toughest Row: Facts
For the 2018 challenge, there are 30 teams that are known to be participating. Some of the facts and rules of the race are as follows –
- More than 1.5 million or strokes over the period of the race are what the team is expected to row.
- Throughout the 24 hrs, the team will row for 2 hours and sleep for 2 hrs constantly.
- It is said that more people are known to have climbed the Mount Everest than taking on a task of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean.
- The Atlantic Ocean is known to be 8.5km/5.28 miles deep, at the deepest point.
- There might be a possibility that in case of storms, which are expected while you are on the sea for 55 days, the waves can rise up to as high as 20ft high.
- For the protection and support of the teams, there are two safety yachts present who are constantly supporting the teams while the teams make it across the ocean. In the 2013 race, one yacht is known to have traveled a massive 9000nm.
- The beauty of the challenge and the event is expecting the unexpected. For example, the 2013 winning team known as Team Locura had a blue marlin beak pierced through the hull of the boat when they arrive in Antigua, the final destination.
- Most of the supplies are provided on the boat and even to the extent that during the 55 days, there is an estimate that each rower on the team might use about 800 sheets of toilet paper.
- There is a round-the-clock support provided to the teams by a land-based team of two duty officers.
- In the race or challenge that took place in 2016, there was a solo rower, by the name of Daryl Farmer, who arrived in Antigua after 96 days. He was known to be rowing without a rudder to steer with for approximately 1200miles and close to 40 days.
- Every rower has to target consuming about 10 liters of water per day.
- Due to the amount of rowing done, the rowers are known to burn more than 5,000 calories every day.
- The boat doesn’t come equipped with a toilet and hence the rowers have to use a bucket.
- The average amount of weight lost by each rower is about 12 kg while he or she across the Atlantic Ocean.
The Ocean can be very unpredictable and the Atlantic Ocean, in particular, is known to be filled with untold dangers including sharks and storms with about 20-foot high waves. The teams are equipped with a boat that is about 7 meters long and has minimal protection from nature and the sea. The athletes are known to participate to test their endurance levels.