Welcome to Atlantic Fortitude
We are a crew of four Cornish Pilot Gig rowers from Bristol entering the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge rowing race, raising money for three amazing charities: The Juvinile Diabetes Research Foundation, The Fire Fighters Charity and The Ripple Pond.
The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is the world's toughest row. Ourselves and other intrepid teams will leave the shores of San Sebastian De La Gomera, heading nearly 5000km across the Atlantic Ocean to the beautiful Caribbean Island of Antigua. Storms, adverse weather conditions, huge seas, hunger and sleep deprivation mean we will face the challenge of our lives.
The race will take up to 90 days to complete. Our challenge begins in December 2017 in an ocean rowing boat just over 7 meters long and 2 meters wide with only a small cabin for protection against the elements. We will be fully equipped at the start line and from there we must survive on pre-packed provisions with no external help, water or assistance until we cross the finish line.
Our World Record Attempts:
As well as aiming to row across the Atlantic Ocean unaided we are also attempting to break 2 world records including being the fastest mixed four, containing 2 men and 2 women, to row the distance which currently stands at 56 days. The second record is for Debs, as a type 1 diabetic, to row across the Atlantic.
We are a mixed crew consisting of 2 guys; Glenn and Will, and 2 girls; Lauren and Debs. This adds a different dynamic to the race which has traditionally been completed by all female and all male crews. We are all friends from the Bristol area and met Cornish pilot gig rowing for Bristol and Clevedon rowing clubs. As gig rowers we are all experienced coastal rowers but the seas of the Atlantic will really push us to our limits.
The crew will be training hard both in and out of the gym. We all have personal training plans and are getting plenty of time on the water. Training is also taking place in the classroom focusing on navigation, VHF marine radio use, sea survival, first aid at sea and ocean rowing courses.
Why we need your help:
We need your help to get us to the race start line. We need to raise £65,000 to pay for the boat, essential equipment, training courses, food, shipping costs and race entry fees. We are also approaching businesses to help with this large project but need more support from you, the public! Once funding is in place for the row to go ahead we can then begin to focus all our efforts on raising money and awareness for our three charities.
Thank you for your much needed support. You are part of an amazing project and will be helping us to support three incredible charities. It means the world!