Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
MISSION – ROW4VICTORY
To honour the work the Royal British Legion has done over the 100 years since the end of World War One.
11 November 1918 witnessed the end of World War One, Britain and her allies were victorious! The fighting on the battlefield had ended, however for the families of the fallen and for the 1.75 million injured the war endured. In 1921 the British Legion was founded and has been providing financial, social and emotional support to veterans of the British Armed Forces, their families and dependants ever since. In the 100 years since the end of the Great War they have helped us all understand the importance of remembrance so that the sacrifices of our Armed Forces are never forgotten through the annual festival of remembrance and the Poppy Appeal.
OPERATION – ROW4VICTORY
Team Row4Victory are four fearless friends from Yorkshire who will be putting their physical and mental strength to the test when they row 3,000 nautical miles across the ocean in aid of the British Legion, in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018.
The team unites a serving Royal Engineer, an ex-Royal Marine, a civilian and a serving Chief Technician in the Royal Air Force. They will attempt to cross the unrelenting seas and win the 4-man pure class race, smashing the current record. To commemorate 100 years since the end of the Great War the lads are rowing for two awesome military charities, the Royal British Legion and Soldier On!
Described at the ‘World’s toughest endurance race’, team Row4Victory started the challenge in December 2018 in La Gomera in the Canaries and will row 3000 miles to English Harbour in Antigua. To put that in to perspective more people summit Mount Everest every year than have EVER rowed across an ocean. The race could take between 35 and 70 days with the team rowing 2 hour shifts in pairs around the clock. With storms, adverse weather conditions, hunger and sleep deprivation, the team will face the challenge of their lives.
Row4Victory needed help and support to get them to the start line and across the Atlantic. Barkers Department and Home Store in Northallerton (as well as many other generous companies) offered their support and sponsored the Row4Victory team in their pursuit to raise £100k for a successful campaign. Barkers staff were delighted to meet the team at the Home store where they had the opportunity to talk about what is involved with creating a successful Atlantic crossing and how Barkers are able to support the team in raising awareness of their outstanding challenge ahead.
“Team Row4Victory would like to say a huge thank you to Barkers for their generous sponsorship and helping us edge nearer the start line in La Gomera.”
WORD FROM THE TEAM.
"With 500 miles left to go, we dare to visualise Antigua and the finish line of the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Finishing in English Harbour will make four Yorkshire men very proud and will have seen us row relentlessly around the clock for 40 days in an eight-metre rowing boat. Sleep deprivation, sores, injuries and ration packs has been our daily routine but seeing our much-missed loved ones will be such a welcome treat!
Arriving in Antigua will be special but not as special as getting back to God’s Own County and the amazing support we have received from all our friends, families and sponsors from all over Yorkshire, it has been incredible!
We would not have been able to make it to the start line were it not for Yorkshire getting behind us and allowing us to raise as much as possible for our two charities; The Royal British Legion and Soldier On!
Thank you, team Row4Victory"
A massive congratulations to Row4victory who have completed their mission and crossed the finish fine in 39 days, 16 hours and 42 minutes! Finishing in fifth place out of twenty-seven teams.
True grit, true integrity, truly inspiring and truly humbling.
Further updates about this story to follow...