Worlds Toughest Rowing Race

The Challenge

Crossing the Atlantic is never an easy undertaking, but people have been making the journey for hundreds of years. The very first crossings were made to discover and explore new lands. Today, most crossings are made by huge cargo ships exporting essential commodities across the ocean.But some daring people choose to cross the Atlantic to test the limit of their physical and mental strength; to achieve something unthinkable. The idea of the Atlantic Challenge race came to Sir Chay Blyth whilst he was rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 with John Ridgeway. It was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 50 foot waves and near starvation.It’s no surprise then that more people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation.
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THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST ROW: MORE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN INTO SPACE OR CLIMBED EVEREST THAN HAVE ROWED THE ATLANTIC.
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Our Needs

Entering the race

R309 000
This includes full support for our rowing campaign including
  • All paperwork
  • Race insurance
  • Boat tracking
  • 24/7 emergency race Crisis Operation Plan
  • Safety boat coverage
  • Port clearance and liaising with maritime authorities
  • 24/7 support in Antigua by Atlantic Campaigns Crew
  • and more
     

The Boat: Ocean 4

R250 000
We are looking at purchasing the plans for this boat and having it locally built in South Africa, thereby saving an estimated 50% of the European retail equivalent price of just over R500 000  
  • Building material: Duflex composite
  • Status: Custom built
  • Type of yacht: Ocean rowing boat, 3 seats
  • Length: 11.10m
  • Beam: 1.80m
  • Draft: 0.28m
  • Displacement: 1.8 Tons

Nutrition

Equipment

Logistics

Training

R80 000
As part of the rules and regulations for the event all crew on board are required to have completed/passed various nautical related training courses, these include:
  • RYA Yachtmaster Ocean Theory
  • Sea Survival
  • Marine radio License
  • First Aid

The Cause

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Sharks killed every year in SA
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Million tons of pollution cleaned from beaches worldwide
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Ocean OIl spills in 2014
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Tons of depleated fish stock yearly

In the effort to protect our oceans, we are looking to support a number of causes which funds and promotes research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on threatened wildlife and their habitats.
The oceans are in trouble. We are at a crossroads in history, and the actions we take – or fail to take – in the next decade will decisively impact the future of our seas and of our planet.
Every year over 20000 dolphins and porpoises are killed by fisherman. Even more shocking, the captive dolphin industry and marine parks around the world are willing accomplices to the kill, paying as much as $100000 per captive dolphin. Our mission with our atlantic crossing is to raise awareness to the issues that not only affect dolphins, but all marine life, and the overall health of our oceans.
For every mile TeamAfrow complete (and that you sponsor) you are also pledging your commitment to donate 10c to saving our marine life and oceans. To find out more about sponsoring us click here.

Meet the Team

Andrew Owen-Jones

Andrew Owen-Jones

Crew

Andrew is an adventurous body who has a wealth of seamanship experience behind him having grown up on a yacht in the Caribbean and crossed the Atlantic twice. Andrew, currently an IT specialist working at maritime company Nautic Africa, heralds from a commercial diving background and has his level 2 offshore commercial certificate as well as a quilified DMT (Dive Medic). His unwavering joie de vivre and capacity for the strongest of mental challenges, means he is a completely capable crew member for TeamAfrow.

Hamish Owen-Jones

Hamish Owen-Jones

Crew

Hamish, being Andrews older brother has the same yachting background sailing to the Caribbean and crossing the Atlantic. Hamish, a builder by trade, is a laid back and easy going crew member who will bring a certain calmness as well as piece of mind to the TeamAfrow crew. Hamish is a strong character with a intuitive link to the sea which the team cannot do without.

Gary Cope

Gary Cope

Crew

Gary is no stranger to extreme adventures from canoeing down the Zambezi, kayaking around Monkey Bay in Malawi and scuba diving with Manta Rays in Mozambique. He is an avid environmentalist and consciously aware of climate change having summited Kilimanjaro in 2012. Combining his passions for the ocean and the environment he is ready for his next adventure rowing across the Atlantic to raise awareness and funds in promoting sustainable seas.

John Afrow

John Afrow

Crew

We are still searching for our last able crew member and if you would like to submit yourself as a potential candidate please click here: Extra crew make life much easier and add to the stimulation.

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