In December 2022 Rogue will be taking in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge a.k.a ‘The World’s Toughest Row’. The challenge is to row two hours on and two hours off for up to 96 days to cross the 3000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua. Overcoming sleep deprivation, hallucinations, and claustrophobia, it’s no wonder that more people have climbed Everest or been to space than have rowed the Atlantic!
We are four girls from the coast. We grew up in and by the ocean and it has always played such a huge role in our lives. We want to use our challenge as an opportunity to raise awareness of the beauty and fragility of the ocean ecosystems and to raise £100,000 for our chosen charities, Surfers Against Sewage and Project Seagrass. Beyond that, we want to have a minimal environmental impact, be carbon neutral and have the most sustainable campaign to date.
Above is Fenris, the boat we have bought from fellow all-female rowing team, Ocean Sheroes. Fenris, a wolf in Norse Mythology, led the Sheroes to smash the Pacific women's World Record last summer. Acquiring such a seaworthy vessel is a huge milestone in our campaign, we look forward to meeting her and starting our training in April.
Dorset, UK - Cadiz, Spain
La Gomera, Canaries - Antigua
Antigua - UK
A wacky text, an instagram post, several brew dogs, a beach bbq and a drone video later, Rogue emerged.
Whilst many may question the sanity of alternately strapping your feet to an ocean rollercoaster and to quote Roz Savage, "sliding around the curved walls like clothes being tumbled in a dryer" trying to get some sleep for 2 hours at a time. For Rogue, that wasn't enough.
In true commitment to sustainability we won't be flying, which means navigating our way by bike and train to catch the ferry from Cadiz, Spain and hopping on a boat to make the crossing back. We have a good network to rely on (as three of us work as yacht crew), however if you know any boats heading in the right direction please let us know!
Facts n Stats
Less than 20% of ocean rowers are female
Each rower will use 800 sheets of toilet paper (so it is important we work with a sustainable brand)
At its deepest the Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km deep
There is no toilet on board – rowers "bucket and chuck it!"
Each rower loses on average 12kg crossing the Atlantic
We need to consume 5,000 calories and drink 10 litres of water a day
We will experience waves of up to up to 20 ft high
Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million strokes
More people have climbed Mount Everest than rowed an ocean