Atlantic Nomads - Supporting Homes For Veterans
Ever wondered what it would be like to cross the Atlantic in a rowing boat?
Well, we are about to find out.
We are excited and proud to announce that a team of four are promising to do just that as part of the Talisker Whisky 2021 Challenge while supporting the work of Alabaré’s Homes for Veterans. The internationally renowned race covering over 3,000 miles of ocean, is the ultimate feat of human endurance with up to 30 teams taking on the challenge of crossing the Atlantic in a rowing boat.
Our team of four have all completed ‘the toughest footrace on Earth’, the Marathon Des Sables but never undertaken a rowing challenge of this type before. The training, which will take place over much of 2021, will be arduous, painful, gruelling and difficult, and many more adjectives to boot. Although there will be many physical obstacles to overcome such as sleep deprivation and salt sores, living in a boat that’s just 28 ft long along with three others, every day and every night for over a month, would also doubtless test the patience of most of us. The challenge will take our team from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda, some five weeks later.
The boat, Doris, is the only team member who has successfully crossed the Atlantic before. Last year she was the safe home for team Rowhhome, and she will once again be the only protection from the forces of the Atlantic weather for the team throughout. Doris has two small cabins at the bow and stern which is where the team will be spending their rest time and hiding away from any Atlantic storms when not rowing two hours on and two hours off, every day and every night until they reach their destination.
Alabaré will be following the team’s experiences throughout the year, as they build up their training schedule, stamina and strength. While their enthusiasm is infectious, we are sure they will need all the encouragement they can get and deserve. Two of the crew Dave and Robert are serving Army Officers and so were keen to support a charity in this field. Rob has previously helped raise awareness for Alabaré’s Gloucestershire Homes for Veterans, he did this when he drove across Europe in a Land over Defender with his wife, ending up in the incredible country that is Turkey before driving home.
Rob explains the reason for supporting H4V; “because as soldiers we look after each other, now and in the future. This is our small part in supporting the great work that is already being done by so many amazing people.”
The team have been joined by a fifth member, Euan. Euan is a serving officer in the Army and has kindly come into the team as an operational reserve just in case one member of the team can’t make it.
- 3000 miles in a boat just 28 ft long
- Rowing in excess of 1.5 million strokes over a race
- 2 hours on, 2 hours off rowing for over 30 days 24 hours a day
- Waves of almost 40 ft high (the size of a 4 story building).
- Shark infested waters and 40degree heat
- Mental and physical exhaustion
The crew are further challenging themselves to reach an incredible fundraising target of £50,000 over the course of the event which will be shared between Homes for Veterans and Hannah’s Willberry Wonder Pony. As a team we will be supporting Rob, Dave, Tom, Euan and James all the way and watching in quiet admiration all of their experiences and conquests and we invite you to join us.
If you would like to pledge your own gift support and encouragement you may do so by sponsoring the team at https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/AtlanticNomads
The current 2020 Talisker Whisky Challenge is underway until January you can find race updates on Twitter at @ACampaigns or using the hashtag #TWAC2020
Would you be up for the challenge?