Military teams 10 days into the ‘world’s toughest row’ across Atlantic


Three military teams are taking part in a challenge dubbed the ‘world’s toughest row’.

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge sees competitors row more than 3,000 miles, travelling west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda.

Up to 30 teams are participating from around the world in the annual race which began on 14 December.

In 2020, the four-strong crew of Force Atlantic was the first official British Army team to compete and complete the Talisker Whisky Challenge after rowing for 37 days, 13 hours and 53 minutes.

This year among the 36 teams from around the world, the military teams are:

  • Team Flyers Atlantic, made up of four RAF pilots who are rowing to raise money for Starlight Children’s Foundation and have been tweeting the progress of their journey.
  • Team Salty Sappers, containing four personnel from the Corps of Royal Engineers.
  • Force Atlantic return with a team of four from the Royal Army Physical Training Corps.

Other serving personnel and veterans are also taking part with civilian teams.

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