Congrats to the Latitude 35 crew who rowed across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Antigua’s English Harbour! The journey started on December 14, 2016 ending just yesterday, January 19, 2017. Latitude 35 broke all records with the fastest Atlantic Challenge crossing taking just 35 days, 14 hours and 3 minutes. That’s an amazing two days shy of last year’s record.
The Latitude 35 crew comprised of Brits Angus Collins and Alex Simpson and American rowers Jason Caldwell and Matthew Brown took 2 hour shifts, rowing all day and night in their lightweight 29ft boat made of carbon fiber. They overcame cabin fever, exhaustion and sleep deprivation. Caldwell and Collins had even been rivals last year sharing the same goal as Collins went on to win the Talisker Atlantic Challenge rowing for the Ocean Reunion team. And this year was no different as every rower on every crew shared the same goal, to be the toughest and win. And so the Latitude 35 crew overcame it all to set the pace and raise the bar two days ahead of the past.
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an open ocean 4,700km (2,930 mile) race first held in 1997 founded by Sir Chay Blyth. The races were originally hosted by Challenge Business Ltd. and held about every two years until Woodvale Events Ltd. took over the event in 2003. Since 2015, the renamed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge a.k.a. the World’s Toughest Row is held annually by the current host Atlantic Campaigns SL.