Atlantic Rowing Race

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The Atlantic Rowing Race is an ocean rowing race from the Canary Islands to the West Indies, a distance of approximately 2,550 nm (2,930 statute miles or 4,700 km). The race was founded in 1997 by Sir Chay Blyth with subsequent races roughly every two years since.[1] The early races were run by Challenge Business Ltd. until the race was bought by Woodvale Events Ltd., managed by Simon Chalk, in October 2003.[2] In May 2012, Atlantic Campaigns SL, managed by Carsten Heron Olsen bought the rights to the Atlantic Rowing Race, now called The "Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge" - The World's Toughest Row.[3][4] Since 2015, the race has been held annually starting each December.

1997 - Port St. Charles Rowing Race[edit]

  • Departure Port: Playa San Juan, Tenerife
  • Arrival Port: Port St. Charles, Barbados
  • Race Start: 12 October 1997
  • Teams Starting: 30
  • Teams Finishing: 24
  • Categories: Pairs
  • Winning Boat: Kiwi Challenge [5][6]
    • Team Name: Kiwi Challenge
    • Country: New Zealand
    • Rowers: Rob Hamill and Phil Stubbs
    • Time: 41 days, 2 hours, and 55 minutes

For more race details, see: 1997 Port St. Charles Rowing Race

2001 - Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Race[edit]

  • Departure Port: Playa San Juan, Tenerife
  • Arrival Port: Port St. Charles, Barbados
  • Race Start: 7 October 2001
  • Teams Starting: 36
  • Teams Finishing: 33
  • Categories: Pairs
  • Winning Boat: Telecom Challenge 1[7]
    • Team Name: Telecom Challenge 1
    • Country: New Zealand
    • Rowers: Matt Goodman and Steve Westlake
    • Time: 42 days, 4 hours, and 3 minutes

For more race details, see: 2001 Ward Evans Atlantic Rowing Race

2003 - Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: Port St. Charles, Barbados
  • Race Start: 19 October 2003
  • Teams Starting: 16
  • Teams Finishing:
  • Categories:
  • Winning Boat:
    • Team Name: Holiday Shoppe Challenge[8]
    • Country: New Zealand
    • Rowers: James Fitzgerald and Kevin Biggar
    • Time: 40 days, 4 hours, and 3 minutes[9]

For more race details, see: 2003 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race

2004 - Ocean Rowing Society Atlantic Rowing Regatta[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: English Harbour, Antigua
  • Race Start: 30 November 2005
  • Teams Starting: 26
  • Teams Finishing: 20
  • Categories:
  • Winning Boat:
    • Team Name: Atlantic-4
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers: David Martin, Neil Wightwick, Glynn Coupland and George Simpson
    • Time: 49 days, 14 hours, 21 minutes

For more race details, see: 2004 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race

2005 - Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: English Harbour, Antigua
  • Race Start: 30 November 2005
  • Teams Starting: 26
  • Teams Finishing: 20
  • Categories:
  • Winning Boat:
    • Team Name: C2
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers: Clint Evans, Chris Andrews,
    • Time: 52 days, 2 hours, 10 minutes

For more race details, see: 2005 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race

2007 - Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: English Harbour, Antigua
  • Race Start: 2 December 2007
  • Teams Starting:
  • Teams Finishing:
  • Categories:
  • Winning Boat:
    • Team Name: Pure Vida
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers: John Cecil-Wright, Robbie Grant, Tom Harvey & Carl Theakston
    • Time: 48 Days, 2 hours, 52 minutes

For more race details, see: 2007 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race

2009/2010 - Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: Antigua
  • Race Start: 4 January 2010 (Race delayed by a month)
  • Teams Starting: 7 solos, 20 pairs, 3 fours[10]
  • Teams Finishing:
  • Categories:
  • Winning Boat: JJ (Insure & Go)
    • Team Name: Charlie Pitcher
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers: Charlie Pitcher
    • Time: 52 days 6 hours and 47 minutes

For more race details, see: 2010 Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race

2011 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: Port St. Charles Barbados
  • Race Start: 5 December 2011
  • Teams Starting:17
  • Teams Finishing:11
  • Categories:Singles, Doubles, Fours, fives & six
  • Winning Boat:Box No 8
    • Team Name:Box No 8
    • Country:GB
    • Rowers:Toby Iles & Nick Moore
    • Time:40days 9hours & 15minutes

For more race details, see: 2011 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

2013 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera[11]
  • Arrival Port: Antigua
  • Race Start: 4 December 2013
  • Teams Starting: 16
  • Teams Finishing: 11
  • Winning Boat: Locura[12]
    • Team Name: Team Locura
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers:Tom Salt and Mike Burton
    • Time: 40 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes, 54 seconds [13]

For more race details, see: 2013 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

2015 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: Antigua
  • Race Start: 20 December 2015
  • Teams Starting:26
  • Teams Finishing:26
  • Categories: Singles, Doubles, Trios, Fours
  • Winning Boat: Ocean Reunion
    • Team Name: Ocean Reunion
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers: Angus Collins, Gus Barton, Joe Barnett, Jack Mayhew
    • Time: 37 days, 9 hr, 12min

For more race details, see: 2015 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

2016 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge[edit]

  • Departure Port: San Sebastián de la Gomera
  • Arrival Port: Antigua
  • Race Start: 14 December 2016
  • Teams Starting: 12
  • Teams Finishing: 11
  • Categories: Singles, Doubles, Trios, Fours
  • Winning Boat: American Spirit
    • Team Name: Latitude 35
    • Country: Mixed
    • Rowers: Jason Caldwell (USA), Matthew Brown (USA), Angus Collins (UK), Alex Simpson (UK)
    • Time: 35 days, 14 hr, 3 min (New Race Record)

For more race details, see: 2016 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

Current Race Records[edit]

Ocean rowing records are maintained by the Ocean Rowing Society.[14][15]

Category Race Year Time Rowers Team Special Note
Traditional Single 2015 52 days, 3 hr, 26 min Matteo Perucchini Sogno Atlantico
Traditional Double 2003 40 days, 4 hr, 3 min James Fitzgerald

Kevin Biggar

Holiday Shoppe Challenge Guinness World Record for

the first & fastest row across the

Atlantic E-W by a team of Two

Traditional Trio 2016 51 days, 1 hr, 13 min Stuart Connacher

Charl Gale

Wayne Johnson

Facing It
Traditional Four
Concept Single 2016 49 days, 11 hr, 37 min Gavan Hennigan Soulogav
Concept Double 2014 41days, 2 hr, 38 min Mike Burton

Tom Salt

Team Locura
Concept Trio 2016 49 days, 14 hr, 4 min Mike Matson

David Alviar

Brian Krauskopf

American Oarsmen Guinness World Record for

the first & fastest row across the

Atlantic E-W by a team of Three

Concept Four 2017 29 days, 14 hr, 34 min Peter Robinson

Stuart Watts

George Biggar

Richard Taylor

The Four Oarsmen Guinness World Record for

the fastest row across the

Atlantic E-W by a team of Four

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Transatlantic rowing race | Chay Blyth". www.chayblyth.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Challenge Business sell rowing races - Yachting World". Yachting World. 4 November 2003. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Atlantic Campaigns | Atlantic Rowing | Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge | Atlantic Rowing Race". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  4. ^ "Atlantic Row | Greg Maud | The History". Greg Maud | Adventurer. Archived from the original on 22 February 2017. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Race Results and Highlights". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Regatta Online - Atlantic Challenge". www.regatta.rowing.org.uk. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Ocean rowing Society Archive – Current News and Past Endeavours". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  8. ^ "Ocean Rowing Society - 2003 List of Race Entrants".
  9. ^ "Holliday Shoppe Challenge set a new record!!!". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  10. ^ Entrants in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 Archived 11 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 5 April 2010
  11. ^ "Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2013/2014 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge". Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. 21 November 2016. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  12. ^ "Race Entrants | Atlantic Campaigns". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Archived from the original on 21 February 2017. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  13. ^ "Londoner wins 'world's toughest' race". Evening Standard. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  14. ^ Themes, UFO. "2013 Leaderboard | Atlantic Campaigns Ocean Rowing Race". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  15. ^ Themes, UFO. "2015 Leaderboard | Atlantic Campaigns Ocean Rowing Race". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Retrieved 8 March 2017.

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