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The premier event in ocean rowing - a challenge that takes more than 3000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua & Barbuda.



The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from all around the world.  The race brings together an environment where teams from across the globe gather in the race village San Sebastian in La Gomera in the Canary Islands. 

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 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. The atmosphere is electric as people help each other prepare for the challenge
of the mighty Atlantic Ocean.

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 race offers different experiences to all involved.

The challenge creates strong friendships and competitiveness gives way to the camaraderie that is required to complete the challenge. Upon finishing, rowers join a small community of friends that have shared the adventures of an ocean crossing. The mental and physical endurance will result in a life-changing achievement, that will never be forgotten.


Some jaw dropping facts about the premier event in ocean rowing.

Over 1.5 million

oar strokes rowed

3,000 miles

from start to finish

Over £6 million

raised for charities

800 sheets

of toilet paper the rowers are expected to use


is the average weight loss of each rower

5.28 miles

is the depth of the ocean at it's deepest

10 litres

of water each rower aims to consume each day


support from two land based duty officers

Over 5,000 calories

burnt per day by each rower

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“If anyone ever asks you to row an ocean, don’t hesitate. Don’t even think about it. Just do it. It is the chance of a lifetime. It’s a moment. And it is something that
you will never, ever, forget.”
Alistair Humphries, Adventurer

“Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do, than the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”
Mark Twain (maybe)