Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020 started

Rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean


The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge has started again. Every year international teams face the challenge to cross the Atlantic. 3,000 miles have to be travelled rowing from San Sebastian de la Gomera on the Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua-Barbuda. The teams will be on their way for between 30 and 90 days, depending on the size of the crew and their performance.

The 21 international teams, from 4-men crews to solo rowers, have long prepared themselves for this physical and mental challenge. Exposed to the elements and isolation for weeks at sea - this does not only afford great fitness, but also strength of character. In times of Covid-19, last month’s preparations had to take place under strict hygiene requirements.

3,000 miles of adventure

"It is absolutely impossible to put into words how we feel right now, about to set off into the big blue. The team has gone through an incredible two years which have been a roller coaster of emotions, team dynamics and financial stability. Being at the start line is the beginning of the adventure of a lifetime but also the end of a journey we embarked on with determination and grit; where we both hit hard walls and met wonderful people, and came out of with new knowledge and skills, and 3 best friends for life. We cannot wait to get going, and wake up to beautiful views and sounds of the ocean. We've left behind busy lives and loved ones at home and now all that is ahead of us is 3,000 miles of adventure,"”said Sofia Deambrosi of The Bristol Gulls Boat.

To raise money for charity

By participating in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the teams looked for sponsorship and collect donations for charity projects. Frank Rothwell is already 70 years old. He is taking part in the challenge with the aim of raising £ 1 million for Alzheimer Research UK.

He says: "It's safe to say the enormity of the challenge is really hitting home! On the nighttime ferry to La Gomera, I looked out to the dark sea and I couldn't see the horizon. That's when it hit me, I thought I can't believe I'm going out there on my own! Now I'm making final preparations at the start line, I know just how much I will miss my home comforts, especially my family, and wife of 50 years, Judith. But luckily for me, she's promised to call me twice a day to keep me company. "

Referring on the founding history of the Talisker Distillery

Natalia Montigny, Head of Global Marketing at Talisker, explains in a recent press release why a Scottish distillery had the idea of organizing a rowing challenge across the Atlantic: “Talisker was founded in 1830 by two wild spirits - the MacAskill brothers - who rowed from Eigg to Skye in search of the perfect location for their distillery so we can say that Talisker Whisky is truly Made By The Sea. Every year we are touched by the incredible stories and determination of those taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. We wish them all the best as they undertake this epic journey and look forward to welcoming them back and raising a toast to their accomplishment."

If you want to get to know the teams and watch the race, you will find lots of information and a race tracker on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge homepage.

Images: Talisker via PR Newswire