31st January 2016

ANTIGUA LIGHTS UP TO WELCOME BRITISH PAIR AFTER 42 DAYS CROSSING THE ATLANTIC

English Harbour Antigua lit up tonight to greet Atlantic Challenge Dan Parsons and Olly Clark, after their heroic efforts in the world’s toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  The two-man team from the UK came third in the overall race and first of all the pairs, beating 23 other teams to the finish line in Antigua. Their time 42 days, 17 hours, 59 minutes and 45 seconds. 

Dan and Olly took on the arduous challenge to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund and Prostate Cancer UK.

Skipper Dan comments on the race: “Before signing up to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, neither Dan nor I had ever rowed before; we took to this like ducks to water and I’m so proud of our achievement to come third in the race overall and win the pairs class – I’m over the moon.”

During their ocean crossing they battled with tropical storms, 40ft waves, sleep deprivation, seasickness and suffered excruciating body sores.

But even after all this adversity they still had the determination to push themselves further.  Deciding to forego a daylight arrival, they agreed on a sprint to the end. So last night they changed their 2 hours on, 2 hours off routine to row in 1.5 hour shifts.

“The important factor was speed – how much of it and how long we could maintain it for. A dozen strokes in at what I would call an ergo pace and we were rewarded with four knots, setting the challenge for the both of us for the night. We set about writing our shift start and finish mileage on the cabin wall inside and the miles tumbled. 83.0, 77.7, 72.4, 67.5, 63.8, 58.8… Next stop Antigua – and last orders, hopefully”.

So it was in the dark they stepped on to land, greeted by friends and family. It was great to see them.  So from all of us congratulations, Dan and Olly it was great to see you both in Antigua.

To follow the progress of the remaining 23 teams please visit: https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/race-tracker/

 

31st January 2016

ANTIGUA LIGHTS UP TO WELCOME BRITISH PAIR AFTER 42 DAYS CROSSING THE ATLANTIC

English Harbour Antigua lit up tonight to greet Atlantic Challenge Dan Parsons and Olly Clark, after their heroic efforts in the world’s toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.  The two-man team from the UK came third in the overall race and first of all the pairs, beating 23 other teams to the finish line in Antigua. Their time 42 days, 17 hours, 59 minutes and 45 seconds. 

Dan and Olly took on the arduous challenge to raise money for the Army Benevolent Fund and Prostate Cancer UK.

Skipper Dan comments on the race: “Before signing up to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, neither Dan nor I had ever rowed before; we took to this like ducks to water and I’m so proud of our achievement to come third in the race overall and win the pairs class – I’m over the moon.”

During their ocean crossing they battled with tropical storms, 40ft waves, sleep deprivation, seasickness and suffered excruciating body sores.

But even after all this adversity they still had the determination to push themselves further.  Deciding to forego a daylight arrival, they agreed on a sprint to the end. So last night they changed their 2 hours on, 2 hours off routine to row in 1.5 hour shifts.

“The important factor was speed – how much of it and how long we could maintain it for. A dozen strokes in at what I would call an ergo pace and we were rewarded with four knots, setting the challenge for the both of us for the night. We set about writing our shift start and finish mileage on the cabin wall inside and the miles tumbled. 83.0, 77.7, 72.4, 67.5, 63.8, 58.8… Next stop Antigua – and last orders, hopefully”.

So it was in the dark they stepped on to land, greeted by friends and family. It was great to see them.  So from all of us congratulations, Dan and Olly it was great to see you both in Antigua.

To follow the progress of the remaining 23 teams please visit: https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/race-tracker/