Always present on the water, but with good reason never usually the focus of the story, are the safety boats dedicated to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Thankfully without a rescue story as the reason, we felt it time to give them their spot in the limelight!

Introducing Vessel One, Miss Tick: Skippered by Maria, Miss Tick is the Gib Sea 472 yacht that started off with the fleet from La Gomera. Miss Tick was also our Safety Yacht in the 2013 race so is a seasoned hand at the Atlantic Rowing Race! Maria had three other crew members onboard, two of which were our Race Doctors. We saw the whole crew in action with the rescue of Nick from Latitude 35, after which he was expertly administered to on board. When not supporting our intrepid fleet, Miss Tick and Maria can be found in their home port in Lanzarote.

Vessel Two is Skye. Skye, a Beneteau 42, is skippered by Manfred and his girlfriend Jemma, along with one other crew member. Although this is the first time Skye and her crew have followed our fleet across the Atlantic, it is not Manfred’s first encounter with the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Manfred first came across the race as the pilot of the helicopter which flew our photographer Ben Duffy over the 2013 fleet when they started out from La Gomera in December 2013. After their experience in supporting the race in 2013, and an enjoyable tasting of Talisker Whisky, Manfred and Jemma’s new vessel was duly named – Skye.

Manfred Skye

Vessel Three: Although many other vessels cheer our teams along their journey, waving to them (or avoiding collision mid Atlantic!) and sounding their horns from the marina entrance, there is one other very important vessel – the ABSAR RIB. The Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue team are the first to make radio contact with our teams when they set out of Falmouth Harbour to escort our teams safely across the finish line into English Harbour. Often in the middle of the night, the ABSAR crew (handing out Quells to our photographer, cameramen, and on occasion even Atlantic Campaigns CEO Carsten!), ensure our teams make landfall safely, avoid the cliffs surrounding the harbour approach and make those final few metres of their Atlantic crossing a successful one.

These three vessels and their dedicated crews form an integral part of the safety organisation that ensures the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is in the best position to enable our teams to make a safe and swift crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

Always present on the water, but with good reason never usually the focus of the story, are the safety boats dedicated to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Thankfully without a rescue story as the reason, we felt it time to give them their spot in the limelight!

Introducing Vessel One, Miss Tick: Skippered by Maria, Miss Tick is the Gib Sea 472 yacht that started off with the fleet from La Gomera. Miss Tick was also our Safety Yacht in the 2013 race so is a seasoned hand at the Atlantic Rowing Race! Maria had three other crew members onboard, two of which were our Race Doctors. We saw the whole crew in action with the rescue of Nick from Latitude 35, after which he was expertly administered to on board. When not supporting our intrepid fleet, Miss Tick and Maria can be found in their home port in Lanzarote.

Vessel Two is Skye. Skye, a Beneteau 42, is skippered by Manfred and his girlfriend Jemma, along with one other crew member. Although this is the first time Skye and her crew have followed our fleet across the Atlantic, it is not Manfred’s first encounter with the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Manfred first came across the race as the pilot of the helicopter which flew our photographer Ben Duffy over the 2013 fleet when they started out from La Gomera in December 2013. After their experience in supporting the race in 2013, and an enjoyable tasting of Talisker Whisky, Manfred and Jemma’s new vessel was duly named – Skye.

Manfred Skye

Vessel Three: Although many other vessels cheer our teams along their journey, waving to them (or avoiding collision mid Atlantic!) and sounding their horns from the marina entrance, there is one other very important vessel – the ABSAR RIB. The Antigua and Barbuda Search and Rescue team are the first to make radio contact with our teams when they set out of Falmouth Harbour to escort our teams safely across the finish line into English Harbour. Often in the middle of the night, the ABSAR crew (handing out Quells to our photographer, cameramen, and on occasion even Atlantic Campaigns CEO Carsten!), ensure our teams make landfall safely, avoid the cliffs surrounding the harbour approach and make those final few metres of their Atlantic crossing a successful one.

These three vessels and their dedicated crews form an integral part of the safety organisation that ensures the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is in the best position to enable our teams to make a safe and swift crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.