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: Atlantic-4
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers: David Martin, Neil Wightwick, Glynn Coupland and George Simpson[10]
    • Time: 49 days, 14 hours, 21 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[11]
  • 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[12]
  • Arrival Port: Antigua
  • Race Start: 4 December 2013
  • Teams Starting: 16
  • Teams Finishing: 11
  • Winning Boat: Locura[13]
    • Team Name: Team Locura
    • Country: Great Britain
    • Rowers:Tom Salt and Mike Burton
    • Time: 40 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes, 54 seconds [14]

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.[15][16]

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 2016 35 days, 14 hr, 3 min Jason Caldwell

Matthew Brown

Angus Collins

Alex Simpson

Latitude 35 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 2017-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Challenge Business sell rowing races - Yachting World". Yachting World. 2003-11-04. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Atlantic Campaigns | Atlantic Rowing | Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge | Atlantic Rowing Race". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  4. ^ "Atlantic Row | Greg Maud | The History". Greg Maud | Adventurer. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  5. ^ "Race Results and Highlights". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  6. ^ "Regatta Online - Atlantic Challenge". www.regatta.rowing.org.uk. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  7. ^ "Ocean rowing Society Archive – Current News and Past Endeavours". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  8. ^ "Ocean Rowing Society - 2003 List of Race Entrants". 
  9. ^ "Holliday Shoppe Challenge set a new record!!!". www.oceanrowing.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  10. ^ "Ascent are on Board for the Atlantic 4 World Record Atlantic Rowing Attempt". PRWeb. Retrieved 2017-02-21. 
  11. ^ Entrants in the Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 Archived 11 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 5 April 2010
  12. ^ "Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2013/2014 - Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge". Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. 2016-11-21. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  13. ^ "Race Entrants | Atlantic Campaigns". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  14. ^ "Londoner wins 'world's toughest' race". Evening Standard. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2017-02-20. 
  15. ^ Themes, UFO. "2013 Leaderboard | Atlantic Campaigns Ocean Rowing Race". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 
  16. ^ Themes, UFO. "2015 Leaderboard | Atlantic Campaigns Ocean Rowing Race". www.atlanticcampaigns.com. Retrieved 2017-03-08. 

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