The Talisker 2020 Atlantic Challenge

More people have climbed Everest than rowed the Atlantic Ocean…”

Beginning in early December 2020, up to 30 teams from around the world gather to take on the premier event in ocean rowing. The race starts in San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Span (28oN 18oW) and teams row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the finishing point in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW).

The Talisker Whisky Challenge brings together teams from all walks of life united by the same challenge – to take on the unique challenge of crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a rowing boat. Teams battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores and physical extremes inflicted by the race. Rowers are left with their own thoughts, an expanse of ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side.


The crew will face many challenges…


Like the unpredictable mid-Atlantic weather

They’ll row 1.5m+ oar strokes over the course of the race

Undertaking shifts of 2hrs on, 2hrs off, 24/7

Battling sleep deprivation, salt sores and physical extremes

They’ll experience waves of up to 20 ft high

They’ll need to try and consume 10ltrs of water per day

They’ll burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day

Each rower is expected to use 800 sheets of toilet paper during their crossing

And lose an average of 12kg each crossing the Atlantic


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