STAGING UK teams prepare for transatlantic challenge - British Rowing

UK teams prepare for transatlantic challenge

Nine teams of British transatlantic rowing hopefuls converged in London on Wednesday, ahead of the 2011 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The crews assembled for a boat-naming ceremony on the banks of the River Thames, with less than a month remaining before a total of 17 ocean-rowing crews depart from the Spanish port of San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canary Islands.


They will then row the ‘Columbus Route’ – 2,549 nautical miles across the mid-Atlantic to Port St Charles in Barbados. Amongst the crews participating in the epic charity fundraising event are Row for Freedom, who are aiming to become the first all-female crew of six to row across the Atlantic.

The challenge will also feature the Row2Recovery crew, consisting of four soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Row2Recovery crew – a six-man crew also featuring two able-bodied soldiers – are raising money to help wounded servicemen and women, and have so far raised over half a million pounds.

Competitors are expected to arrive in Barbados from mid-January onwards, taking roughly 50 days to complete the challenge.