Friday 22nd January 2016
4 school friends known as Ocean Reunion, won the world's toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, yesterday evening after taking on more than 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean.
The team rowed for 37 days in blistering sun, torrential storms and survived on just one and a half hours sleep a day each. They consumed 1,680,000 calories (equivalent to 7,336 Big Mac's) and drank 2,880 litres of water each whilst raising vital funds for their chosen charities.
Jack Mayhew, 26, Angus Collins, 26, Joe Barnett, 25, and Gus Barton, 25, headed west from San Sebastian in La Gomera on 20 December over Christmas and New Year to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua.
Billed as the world's toughest row, more people have been into space or climbed Mount Everest than have rowed the Atlantic.
The team members alternated between 2 hours of rowing and 2 hours rest, consisting of just an hour and a half of sleep for the duration of the race. They faced extreme wind, 50ft. waves, suffered severe sleep deprivation, hallucinations, heartburn, dehydration and blisters- all in the name of charity.
Not only was the race a competitive challenge with 26 teams racing to be beat the Guinness World Record, there was some sibling rivalry thrown into the mix for Ocean Reunion. Angus's sister also took part in the race and was positioned second with her team, RowLikeAGirl, closely behind her brother.
Angus Collins said:
We trained for months in advance of the race but nothing really prepares you for what you face out on the ocean. The toughest part was dealing with sleep deprivation and hallucinations and not knowing what’s happening from one day to the next; but it was all worth it when we reached the finish. We're so grateful for all the support we've had and it is an honour to raise money for our two chosen charities. When times were tough we were spurred on by the fact that the money raised will make a difference to lives.