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About the Race

Known as the Worlds Toughest Row, the Atlantic Challenge has crews race across the second largest ocean, the Atlantic Ocean, in a rowing boat. Travelling 3000 miles from La Gomera, in the Canary Islands, to Antigua, in the Caribbean. They must carry everything they will need on board their tiny rowboat.

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Starting in December 2025, DeadLegz will cross the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera, in the Canary Islands to a spectacular farewell from crowds of people.

Race Facts

  • Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes during a race.

  • Team Fortitude IV achieved the fastest 24 hours ever with 107.45 nautical miles covered.

  • The fastest row across the Atlantic was a four man team The Four Oarsmen who finished in 29 days, 14 hours and 34 minutes

  • At its deepest, the Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km / 5.28 miles deep.

  • The waves that the rowers experience can measure up to 20ft high.

  • Each rower is expected to use 800 sheets of toilet paper during their crossing.

  • In the 2016 race, solo rower Daryl Farmer arrived in Antigua after 96 days, rowing without a rudder to steer with for nearly 1200miles/40 days.

  • The fastest solo across the Atlantic was Mark Slats who completed in 30 days, 7 hours and 49 minutes.

  • Rowers burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day.

  • There is no toilet on board – rowers use a bucket!

  • The average rower loses around 8kg during a crossing.

  • In the 2018 race, solo rower Kelda Wood (Row 2 Raise) was kept company by a whale for nearly 7 days.

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