Clacton Gazette

Army team gears up for 3,000-mile Atlantic challenge in seas off Clacton.

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The first British Amy team to take on an Atlantic challenge have been preparing for their effort in Clacton.

Visitors to Clacton Pier got a chance to see the Force Atlantic Team practise for the prestigious Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile unsupported rowing race across the Atlantic.

The team, based at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate, took to the waters off Clacton for their first ocean going training session on Tuesday.

The skipper, Commanding Officer Lt Col Rich Hall, is supported by two training officers and an 18-year-old junior soldier, just out of basic training.

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EXCLUSIVE: Interview With The Force Atlantic Team Rowers

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RSS Infrastructure Ltd previously announced that they are proud to be supporting the British Armed Forces ‘Force Atlantic’ rowing team as a ‘Gold’ sponsor for the ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge’, otherwise known as the ‘World’s Toughest Row’.

The Force Atlantic team are the first official British Army team to enter the event and they have the daunting task of getting the boat safely to the other side whilst overcoming a series of obstacles including; contending with the mental anguish that the ordeal will bring as a result of the solitary lifestyle whilst on board as well as sleep deprivation, salt sores, and physical extremes inflicted by the race.

We attended the Rannoch Adventure Open Day to get an exclusive interview with the team.

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Four Yorkshire rowers prepare for the Atlantic

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Yorkshire rowers embark on tour of the county

  • The team from the Army Foundation College in Harrogate are training for the next Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.

  • The four servicemen are to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.

  • As part of their training, the team are currently on a 'pop-up rowing tour' around Yorkshire.

Force Atlantic, the British Army’s Yorkshire based trans-Atlantic rowing team, has embarked upon a ‘pop-up rowing tour’, incorporating stops at some of the county’s most iconic locations.

The four intrepid servicemen visited Castle Howard and RHS Harlow Carr this weekend, complete with rowing machines, to train for their upcoming challenge.

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