The British Army is rowing the Atlantic Ocean! For the first time, a 4-man Army team is entering the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3000 mile unsupported international rowing race across the North Atlantic Ocean in December 2019. Billed as the world’s toughest row, this is the ultimate test of physical and mental endurance and one which aligns directly to the Army’s ethos of challenge, adventure, teamwork and leadership. Over approximately six weeks, the team of three Army officers and an 18 year old Private soldier, just out of Basic Training, will row in shifts throughout the day and night as they battle their way from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
THE FORCE ATLANTIC TEAM
THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ROW
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an annual race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
In mid-December, approximately 20-30 crews will set off to row the 3000 nautical miles to Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua.
The fastest crews will cross inside 5 weeks, but 100+ days at days at sea is not unusual. Fewer people have rowed the Atlantic than have climbed Everest or been to Space. Rowers race not just against the other crews, but over 40 days of rowing eating resting on a small vessel at sea, it is also against the deterioration of their bodies and minds.
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THE ARMY FOUNDATION COLLEGE
The Army Foundation College Harrogate is totally unique
Transforming over one thousand 16-17 yr old civilians into soldiers each year, it represents the most comprehensive soldier basic training system in the world. All of us in the team are passionate about what it does because we see the transformational effect the College has on the lives of some of the UK's most disaffected and disadvantaged teenagers; many from broken homes, failed by their schools and disengaged from training, education and employment. With us they find their first successes, their self-belief, and go on to achieve some amazing things – not least their re-education in Maths, English and Computing.
The College was recently the subject of a 6-part Channel 5 documentary called ‘Raw Recruits’. Watch it on catch-up to get a sense of what we do when we are not rowing. Both Rich and Chris feature in several of the episodes.
Read more about THE ARMY FOUNDATION COLLEGE.