The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) is the world’s toughest and premier ocean rowing race. The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. It is a non-stop 3000-mile voyage in a 8.5m long rowing boat from the start point in La Gomera, Canary Islands (28oN 18oW) to the finish point in English Harbour, Antigua (17oN 61oW). The Atlantic Guardsmen team will attempt to win the event in around 35 days, on a punishing shift pattern: working in pairs, 2 hours on, 2 hours off, day and night, 7 days a week. Teams participate as solo rowers or in pairs, threes, fours and fives. Atlantic Guardsmen aim to win the fours event!
Throughout the race teams battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores, and physical extremes inflicted by the race. Rowers are left with their own thoughts, an expanse of ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side.