We know the challenge, but Astro to Atlantic are going one step further. Our mission is to not only complete this epic race but to break records doing it.
We intend to become the fastest all women crew to cross the Atlantic. The current record stands at 34 days, it’s a tough ask but we like a challenge - hey, we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t!
Talisker Atlantic Challenge
‘The World's Toughest Row’
The Talisker Whisky Challenge is one of the toughest challenges known to man. A 3000 mile race from San Sebastian, Canary Islands (28oN) to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua (17oN 61oW). Once teams row themselves out of the safety of the harbour they are on their own, unsupported and at the mercy of the ocean and the elements.
The challenge is relentless, rowing 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day, non-stop until you reach Antigua. As a team of four this could take between 40 and 60 days. During the trip rowers face a constant battle of sleep deprivation, blisters, salt sores and physical exhaustion; it is the ultimate challenge of endurance, testing rowers to their limits, both physically and mentally.
The Atlantic Ocean was first rowed in 1896. Since then there have been many epic voyages and records broken, yet to this day more people have climbed Everest, trekked to the North Pole and travelled into space than have successfully rowed across the Atlantic.
In 1966 British Paratroopers Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway claimed their place in Atlantic rowing history, rowing the North Atlantic from Cape Cod to Ireland. Their voyage was a 92 day struggle, battling hurricane conditions, 50ft waves and a near starvation diet. It is one of the ultimate stories of human endurance and laid the foundation for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge as we know it today.