Tim’s journey means rowing solo 3,000 nautical miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua (17oN 61oW) — straight across the Atlantic Ocean.
Once clear of the harbor Tim and the other teams will be on our own. Solar panels will provide the electricity to power the systems onboard including communications, GPS navigation and beacons to alert nearby ships to avoid being run-over but most important of all is the ‘water maker’ that provides fresh water drinking and rehydrating my rations from sea water.
Out on the Ocean Tim will be completely self-sufficient as he single handedly propels the 24ft boat for more than 3,000 nautical miles. There will be no outside assistance as he faces fatigue, blisters, salt sores, sleep deprivation, potential equipment failures all the while facing the raw and unforgiving elements the Atlantic Ocean.
Organized by Atlantic Campaigns, The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s No.1 Ocean Endurance Race.
In 1966 Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgway became the first men to row the Atlantic. During their 92 day passage they experienced hard times where they faced hurricanes, 50ft waves and a near starvation diet. This trip laid the foundation for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
More people by far have climbed Everest or been into space than have successfully rowed the Atlantic, and it is considered to be one of the toughest challenges on the planet. From the sunsets and sunrises to the wildlife that will be encountered first hand – the race offers different experiences to all of those involved. There is a constant battle of sleep deprivation, blisters, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict from two-hour shifts around the clock for weeks on end, facing all the raw elements of the Atlantic Ocean.
Since the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge started in 1997, the races across the Atlantic have attracted thrill seekers and endurance athletes alike who want to take on and beat the elements. Once the crews leave the safety of the La Gomera’s harbor they’ll be on their own and unsupported, on the vast Atlantic and at the mercy of the elements, until the race comes into its final stretch.
The race begins in December 2018 with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. The world record to cross the Atlantic as a 'solo' is 35 days and the longest is over a 100 days, making it the world’s toughest rowing race. Tim hopes to complete his challenge in approximately 50 days.