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The Challenge 

'There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living'

                                                                 

- Nelson Mandela

2 hours rowing     2 hours resting    for 2 months

across the Atlantic Ocean.

Imagine what you get up to, what you see, who you meet and where you go in the 8 weeks from the start of December until the beginning of February. Christmas parties, the holidays, New Year's Eve, returning to work, kicking off your New Year's resolutions and all the festivities in between.

 

At the beginning of December 2015 Shane and Theo will be setting out from the Canary Islands on an expedition that is considered one of the toughest endurance races in the world. For approximately 60 days they will row day and night, non-stop and unassisted, 2 hours on - 2 hours off until they finally reach their destination, approximately 3000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, in Antigua. They will face sleep deprivation, serious salt rash and body sores, the threat of chronic sun burn, mental and physical fatigue, Atlantic storms, rogue waves, sharks and the faliure of their equipment. Whales have even been known to get over-friendly with rowing boats in the past, confusing them with female mates, resulting in the destruction of the boat.  

 

They will be competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2015. A race of 30 boats consisting of teams from around the globe. The boats range from being a solo oarsman/woman to a crew of eight or more. Shane and Theo will be in a 24ft Woodvale pairs boat weighing around 1.5 tons when fully loaded. A sturdy and strong ocean going vessel - they hope!

 

The competitors' progress during the race can be monitored from the Talisker Whisky Challenge website. Updates will be regularly uploaded from the expediton and messages and words of encouragement can be sent throughout the voyage.

 

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