The Row

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a global race where teams row under their own power for 3,000 nautical miles West across the Atlantic Ocean. The race begins at San Sebastian, La Gomera in the Canary Islands (280N 180W) and finishes at Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua (170N 610W).

The Challenge

Each year, in early December, up to 30 teams from across the globe prepare their boat for an epic journey across the ferocious Atlantic Ocean. Dan and Tony will join the 2020 race crews on this unique voyage, testing their mental strength and physical endurance to the extreme.

What will Team Second Chance face?
  • The boat is 7.5 metres long x 1.8 metres wide. One small cabin is the only protection from the harsh elements

  • The rowing schedule is relentless: 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24/7 until the finish line

  • Once the race begins and they’re left to their own thoughts, missing loved ones, they’ll have to overcome feelings of solitude and isolation

  • They’ll face extreme weather with storms likely, 30-40 foot waves, tropical heat and crossing shipping lanes

  • Battling sleep deprivation and fighting health issues is a breaking combination, these include salt sores, blisters, and muscle damage and depletion

Hoping to set a record and win the 2020, they will eat, sleep, row and repeat on their tiny boat crossing the world’s second largest ocean. The Atlantic covers about 25% of the earth’s surface, with an average depth of almost three and a half kilometres.

Row2Recovery aims to demonstrate the extraordinary thing people with disabilities can achieve; and to inspire others with life-altering injuries to realise their potential. Four Row2Recovery crews have now rowed the Atlantic, Second Chance will be the fifth team and the second pair to take on the challenge under the banner.