3,000 miles across the Atlantic ocean, over 1.5 million oar strokes and four grown men squashed in a rowing boat - we caught up with Strokes 4 Blokes to find out why they tackled the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in support of CALM.
More people climb Mount Everest than row the ocean, so you probably have a few questions about what the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge event entails. So did we. From how the team stays safe at sea, to what they eat while in a boat for over 30 days, we got the lowdown on this oar inspiring bunch.
This adventurous lot are no strangers to a challenge, but rowing the Atlantic is no mean feat. The close knit team of mates is made up of Dan, Jack, Mike and Jean-Claude - the brave guy who suggested they take on the task.
We chatted with team members Dan, self-professed “steady head on an unsteady boat” and Mike, who’s rowing in memory of his mate who he lost to suicide. Dan says:
“We’re in our late thirties, early forties and I know from the stats it’s a time in life when people often struggle. Over the last five years or so, the conversation about wellness within our peer group has been much more present, so we wanted to raise awareness and some money for CALM at the same time.”
With up to 30 teams from around the world competing to break the record for the fastest crossing, the race began in San Sebastian, La Gomera and ended in Antigua and Barbuda. The annual race begins early December, meaning teams were away from their families over Christmas.
Strokes 4 Blokes swapped turkey dinners with their loved ones for the world’s toughest rowing race, not only enduring sea sickness with waves of up to 20ft, but also home sickness.