The Atlantic Challenge is the ultimate endurance racing event in rowing that attracts up to 40 Teams from around the globe with crews ranging from solos, to five people. The race serves as a platform for adventure, personal growth, and fundraising for various charitable causes. Yet all must brave the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean and months of mental and physical hardship. A unique experience shared between a small community of adventurers and with the World's media watching, it's a chance for charities and sponsors to reach 500+ million people across the globe as the Atlantic Challenge increases in popularity with more crews entering each year than ever before.

The Race

Starting from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, rowers must traverse the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, covering 3000 miles to reach the finish line at Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua. Crews can spend anywhere between 1 and 3 months at sea, enduring a range of conditions from calm, scorching sunny days to turbulent, fierce storms. Throughout the journey, they must combat sleep deprivation, blisters, and the occasional flying fish. The crossing can be treacherous, requiring rowers to possess a deep understanding of their boat and develop their technical skills while at sea.

The Atmosphere

The Atlantic Challenge unites teams from diverse backgrounds, driven by a common goal: embarking on the extraordinary venture of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat. The atmosphere brims with excitement as individuals support one another in their preparations to conquer the formidable Atlantic Ocean. The race bestows distinct encounters upon all participants. Upon completion, rowers become part of an intimate community, bonded by the shared experiences and adventures of an oceanic crossing.

Fun Facts

  1. Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes during a race.
  2. At its deepest, the Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km / 5.28 miles deep.
  3. The waves that the rowers experience can measure up to 20ft high.
  4. The fastest solo across the Atlantic was Mark Slats who completed in 30 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes.
  5. Rowers burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day.