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!)