The Atlantic Seamen have completed their epic row across the Atlantic
On 24 January 2019, the Atlantic Seamen arrived in Antigua after an epic 46 days, 4 hours, and 8 minutes of non-stop rowing. Their journey had taken them right across the Atlantic Ocean as they took part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge to raise money for The Urology Foundation (TUF) and to raise awareness of men’s health.
The Atlantic Seamen are four Cornish-based men who were inspired to do something epic to support TUF after speaking to their friend, Consultant Urologist, Ben Eddy. Their race may have started in mid-December, when they set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, but their journey began two years ago when they decided to take on the challenge.
The preparation was immense
Rowing an ocean requires a huge level of preparation as the rowers take classes in everything from first aid to navigation. They’ve clocked endless hours of training in their boat and many more hours on rowing machines – and this is all before they’ve reached the starting line.
By the time they reached that start line, the Atlantic Seamen had been preparing for two years. All of their training and preparation took place alongside their full time jobs and family life. Needless to say, when the starting pistol fired, they well more than ready to get rowing.
The row is one of the toughest challenges on Earth
More people have attempted to climb Everest than row across the Atlantic Ocean. It’s a total distance of 3 000 nautical miles and on the way the rowers encounter waves that are twice as tall as a double decker bus, sleep deprivation that leads to hallucinations, salt sores that cover your body, and any number of the realities of ocean life, like sea storms and sharks. In fact the Atlantic Seamen even got to swim alongside a whale.
The row is an enormous challenge and requires not just high levels of fitness, but also mental fortitude and perseverance of the highest order.
They did it all for a great cause
The Atlantic Seamen have so far raised an epic £90,000 for TUF. That money will be invested into research to find new cures and treatments for urology cancers, support the training of more urologists to perform life changing robotic surgery, and it will be used to raise awareness of urological diseases so that people can get medical help at the first sign of their symptoms.
The challenge for the Atlantic Seamen has been enormous, but the rewards are even greater. They have raised money that will save lives and end the suffering caused by urology disease.
There is still time to support their great effort on their Just Giving page, and please feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.