A 3000 mile race against the brutality of The Atlantic Ocean and the exhaustive temperament of the mind. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) will see me row single-handedly from San Sebastian in the Canary Islands to English Harbour in Antigua. This unsupported journey may take up to 70 days, and will see me face the ever changing conditions of the Atlantic Ocean; from scorching equatorial heat to brutally violent storms, generating waves upwards of 20 feet. And these are just the physical elements Mother Nature may throw at me. Including the unavoidable fatigue, likely hallucinations and the tremendous mental challenges of being alone for such a long time, this will undoubtedly be the biggest challenge of my life.

  • Repetition

    In excess of 1.5 million oar strokes

  • Calories

    Burning over 5,000 calories per day!!!

  • Weight-loss

    On average is 12kg

  • Solitude

    All alone for up to 70 days

  • Endless

    2 hours on, 2 hours off – 24/7

  • Hydration

    Drink 10 litres of water per day

  • Conditions

    Encounter waves in excess of 20ft

  • Toilet

    There isn’t one!!! (just a bucket!)

The race sees teams from all over the world competing yet encouraging each other in what is considered to be one of the most gruelling endurance challenges. Once the starting cannon blasts, boats are left unsupported in all but exceptional emergencies. Boats are responsible for carrying all of their provisions, including food and equipment. Alongside the unfaltering monotony that is rowing 24/7, there are several essential daily tasks, including navigation, repairs (both above and below the waves) and having to generate up to 20 litres of water! Not just crucial for remaining hydrated, but fresh water is key in trying to prevent blisters and salt sores.

Even just getting across the Atlantic will be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. However my competitive nature will, I’m sure, lead me to find something to beat… maybe I could be the fastest solo Geordie rower? Or beat the record for a Rannoch R25 boat? How about the solo record? (Those last two might be pushing it!)