The team didn’t take the challenge lightly and put in hours of training to prepare for the race. Mike says:
“We’ve had 120 hours of experience actually on the boat and then we’ve been on the rowing machines in the gym. We’ve also been making sure our hands are toughened up with plenty of grip work and just preparing ourselves mentally for what was going to be a tough challenge.”
There are logistics to work out when it comes to being in such a small boat for over a month, and with very little storage space and no toilet on board (they used a bucket), the team had to get used to being close. On top of that, the guys had to sink at least 8,000 calories a day to power their journey, but the menu was far from fancy. Dan says:
“We ate a lot of tasteless, freeze dried shit in sachets, things like bolognese, porridge and dried fruit. You end up getting into arguments about the use of items like salt or cheese because they become prized possessions. We probably lost a couple of stone each during the month, just because we were burning so many calories.”
Come rain or shine, the guys kept rowing, but even with a safety boat nearby, things can get pretty hairy at times. If a storm hits, the team remains on the boat, hunkering down in the cabin for an hour or two until the storm passes - although Dan admitted it was a big squeeze to fit the four of them into such a compact cabin. But the goal was to continue to make progress even when there was bad weather.
Alongside their own race, the team have been inspiring people to get involved with their own challenge, asking them to row 125km at their local gym. These legends completed their race in 39 days and raised a huge £52,832, helping fund over 6,600 potentially life-saving calls.
The lads finished the challenge with much more than an incredible story to tell at the pub - they crossed the finish line with a proper impressive feat under their belts and a pretty unbreakable team bond.
One thing’s for certain, the team certainly earned a beer and with friends and family meeting them at the harbour in Antigua, we're sure they had a party to remember.
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