Jellyfish are proud to announce that the Atlantic Row 2013 team have finally completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge late Sunday evening, after 53 days at sea.
With plenty more facial hair than when they started the race on Wednesday 4th December, Dan Howie and Will North reached English Harbour in Antigua just before 11pm GMT on Sunday 26th January.
Since setting off from La Gomera in December 2013, the guys have endured treacherous rowing conditions including huge waves, shark encounters, severe sea sickness, rowing with little to no visibility at night and varying physical ailments. Add this to having no more than two hours sleep at a time and living on freeze dried rations confirms that the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is certainly not for the faint hearted.
It was relentless, you canÈt sum it up better that that row, eat, sleep, row, eat, sleep said Will. The body is drained and we've lost a lot of weight, even though we were eating 6,000 calories each day. It was such a long period of time."
Referring to their final place in the race - 4th overall and 1st in the pairs - Will added We got that lead and we maintained it and here we are celebrating our win of the pairÈs category. ItÈs amazing.
It has been an exciting journey for Jellyfish too. We have been 'digitally powering' Atlantic Row before and during the race, including updates via their blog and social channels, so it feels like we have been with them every step of the way (but in drier conditions!)
"I am absolutely in awe of these two young men", commented CEO Rob Pierre. "I can't even begin to comprehend the level of commitment, determination and sheer physical strength required to complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge; let alone win their category. It has simply been inspirational supporting these guys throughout the challenge. Hats off to you Will & Dan - the whole team at Jellyfish salute you!
Dan and Will arrived at Antigua to an excited crowd of friends and family who had flown in from the UK, as well as other teams who had already completed the race.