Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge , a.k.a. the “World’s Toughest Row” is an amazing yet grueling open ocean rowing race hosted by Atlantic Campaigns and Talisker Whisky. The Challenge starts from beautiful San Sebastián in La Gomera, Tenerife, Canary Islands, a.k.a. 280N 180W and finishes at Nelson’s Boatyard English Harbour, Antigua and Barbados, West Indies, a.k.a. 170N 610W. At just about 3,000 miles, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge usually takes from 2 to 3 months months to finish, yet four British rowers, George Biggar, Dicky Taylor, Peter Robinson and Stuart Watts, a.k.a. The Four Oarsmen on Saturday, January 13, 2018 finished in an astonishing 29 days and 15 hours setting the Atlantic crossing record previously held last year by the Anglo-American crew, Latitude 35 finishing at 35 days. The winning crew rowed to raise awareness for mental heath raising £250,000 for the charities Mind and Spinal Research.
And today, Thursday, January 18, four Chinese women rowers, Tina Liang Mintian, Cloris Chen Yuli, Amber Li Xiaobing, and Sarah Meng Yajie, set the Atlantic crossing record for women finishing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in just 34 days in addition to being the youngest women and the only Chinese Crew to row an open ocean. Row like a Girl previously held the record set with 40 days at last year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
Yesterday saw the first of the rowing medals at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio. New Zealand’s Men’s Coxless Pair gets Gold again pulling ahead of South Africa and Italy. Eric Murray and Hamish Bond earn yet another Gold Medal, unstoppable in Rio as they were at the London games. Murray and Bond have won 69 consecutive races including 6 Workd Championships, 16 World Cups and 2 Olympic wins over the last 8 years. Congrats to the amazing duo!
7:30am Men’s Single Sculls
7:40am Women’s Single Sculls
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8:10am Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls
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8:30am Women’s Coxless Pair
8:40am Men’s Coxless Four
8:50am Men’s Single Sculls
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9:10am Women’s Single Sculls
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9:32am Women’s Double Sculls
9:45am Men’s Lightweight Double Sculls
10:06am Women’s Coxless Pair
10:27am Men’s Coxless Four
11:00am Women’s Lightweight Double Sculls
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11:40am Men’s Single Sculls
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12:00pm Women’s Single Sculls
12:10pm Women’s Single Sculls
“I don’t for a moment think I am any braver or better than anybody else. This is how I attempt to explain what gives me the strength to do what I do; when that thunderbolt of an idea first hit me and inspired me to row across oceans, it filled me with a sense of purpose so strong that it overcame my fears. Even when boredom, frustration, fatigue or despair threatened to overwhelm me, it was that powerful sense of purpose that kept me going.”
-Roz Savage, Rowing the Atlantic: Lessons Learned on the Open Ocean.
“All were merged into one smoothly working machine; they were in fact a poem in motion, a symphony of swinging blades.”