Team Roaring40s: Talisker Atlantic Challenge 2021

In December 2021 we’ll be launching our rowing boat from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, heading west for 3,000 nautical miles to  Antigua in the Caribbean.  The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is commonly dubbed “the world’s toughest rowing race”, and with good reason. Dan and I will be setting off on a journey of between 40-50 days (if all goes well), swapping two hour shifts and rowing continuously until we reach the other side. Hopefully first! Here’s the official event video, because words will only do so much:

To begin with, we’ll be collecting funds to enable us to complete the event. This will involve physical training, purchasing equipment and supplies, and educating ourselves (what we both know about ocean rowing can currently be summed up on the back of a beer mat). Beyond that we’ll be supporting our sole charitable partner: Plastic Oceans UK. Upon completion of the event we’ll be auctioning our boat, the proceeds from which will also go to our chosen charity.

Plastic Oceans UK  are aiming to stop plastic reaching the oceans. Within a generation. It’s a huge ask, but they’re going about it by targeting the problem at its source. They educate individuals, communities, businesses, and governments. They fund scientific research, which helps influence Government policy, and they help industries push sustainable practices. 

Take a look at the trailer  for their documentary “Plastic Oceans”–it sums up our motivation perfectly.

To be completely frank: we need funds right now. Campaigning has already begun in earnest, and it’s crucial we secure equipment and training as early as possible in order to make this challenge a reality.

We cannot wait to push off from the dock, to test ourselves physically and mentally, to inspire others, and to raise awareness for an extremely worthy cause. We are immeasurably grateful to everyone who’s supported us!


  • Rory Gillard 
    • £250 
    • 13 mos
  • Sunshine Survey 
    • £250 
    • 13 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £10 
    • 14 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • £50 
    • 15 mos
  • R B 
    • £100 
    • 16 mos
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Organizer and beneficiary

Ian Yates 
Lloyds Bank Plc, North West England, United Kingdom
Stephen Wise 
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