We are delighted to announce that the UK team Fortitude IV have just won The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in an amazing 32 days, 12 hours and 35 minutes!
Known as the world’s toughest rowing race, the four man boat rowed 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua, in aid of London charity – West London Zone.
The winners came storming into the English Harbour at a phenomenal speed of 7 knots – more than double the average speed for the race!
Tom Foley, Fortitude IV rower said: “The weather the past 48 hours has been really testing, we’ve had 10/12 metre swells and multiple capsizes – it’s up there with one of the scariest moments I have ever experienced.”
About the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
103 rowers left La Gomera on Thursday 12th December, in teams of 4, 3, 2 and 1, and are expected to arrive in Antigua any time between now and the end of February – the next one is due in just a day or two.
Teams have endured relentless sea sickness, 40ft waves, electrical issues and even some capsizes – it’s no surprise that more people have climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic, making this 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic one of the world’s greatest challenges.
This news comes in conjunction with Talisker’s announcement of their renewed sponsorship of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge for the next two years.