5 January 2016

Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Begins

The Yorkshire Rows, a team of four female rowers sponsored by JM Finn & Co, will begin their race across the Atlantic this week.



It was announced this week that the race would be delayed slightly, due to a strong southerly wind – which meant that if rowers were to leave on Tuesday 15th December as planned, there is a significant risk that they would be blown too far north to complete the race. The race start is now scheduled for anywhere between Friday afternoon and Sunday/Monday when an easterly wind is forecast. For latest news and updates on the teams competing in the challenge, visit the Talisker Challenge website here.

When the race begins, the 26 teams (from solo rowers to teams of 4), will row the Atlantic, from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, to Antigua. The race will test the limits of their physical and mental strength, and teams will be faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation.

The idea of the Atlantic Challenge Race came to Sir Chay Blyth, whilst he was rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 with John Ridgeway. They faced a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 50 foot waves and near starvation. This goes some way to explaining why crossing the Atlantic is the world’s toughest row – with more people having been into space or climbed Everest.

For further information about the Yorkshire Rows, and to sponsor them for their incredible efforts click here.