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What is the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge?

For those who aren’t familiar with the Atlantic Challenge, it is one of the most difficult and demanding events that takes place on a yearly basis. Put simply, it is a race across the Atlantic Ocean in row boats that begins in the Canary Islands on the eastern side of the pond and ends in Antigua in the Caribbean. That journey typically takes 35–40 days for the top rowers to complete, covering more than 3000 miles (4828 km) in the process.

A Test of Endurance, Strength, and Mental Fortitude

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an athletic event unlike any other. In order for teams to make stead and swift progress across the Atlantic, they must man the oars at all times. That means rowing 24-hours per day, seven days a week. Two- and four-person teams usually row in shifts with half the squad pulling the oars at all times. Those shifts usually last for 2–4 hours, with the rowers who aren’t working the oars napping, eating, and rehydrating while they can.

Modern Rowboats are Technological Wonders

For the 4+ weeks that most of the teams are out on the water, their rowboat serves as their home away from home. Not only is it their mode of transportation, but it serves as shelter from storms, high winds, and big waves too. While these boats may be relatively small and cramped, they are also streamlined, swift, and surprisingly agile too.

2021 Brings Plenty of Excitement

As usual, this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge has provided plenty of excitement and drama. Early on strong winds and unexpected storms made things tough going, with several boats getting rolled by big waves. Thankfully, the equipment designed to roll them back over has worked flawlessly, preventing permeant capsizes.

Current Standings

As of now, the top teams are steaming towards the finish line in Antigua. As of this writing, Team Row4Cancer is in the lead, with On Shoulders of Giants, and Latitude 35 in hot pursuit. Those boats are expected to begin arriving in port by next weekend, although factors such as wind, ocean currents, weather conditions, and team dynamics can still play a role in the outcome.



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The Adventure Blog is a collection of personal stories, news, and gear reviews about a range of topics related to adventure travel, outdoor sports, and ecology.