Friday 18th December 2015
Ocean Reunion have undertaken the task of rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world's second largest ocean in a bid to break the current race record for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, whilst raising vital funds for their chosen charities.
Having set off for Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua from San Sebastian in La Gomera on 20 December, 26 year olds Jack and Angus and 25 year olds Joe and Gus have been keeping their supporters updated on their blog.
Are we having fun yet …? Well it's a tricky one because body and mind are completely fried but some of our funniest times have happened when suffering from severe sleep deprivation. The monotonous routine has become far more fathomable as our bodies begin to accept only one hours sleep at a time. The wake up never gets better mind. So in between the constant banging of carbon oars on shins, heartburn, dehydration, exhaustion and blisters we do have time for a giggle.
"We relive nights outs, discuss business plans, talk about girls, plot future holidays, plot future nights out, pick squads for nights out, make notes on Sam Rose's dress sense, pick best sports teams and fish."
The challenge is billed as the toughest race on Earth – with less people taking it on than have climbed Everest or been into space.
The team members will alternate between 2 hours of rowing and 2 hours of resting for the duration of the race, during which they could face 50ft waves, hurricane strength winds and 40 degree heat.
Big thank yous direct from the Atlantic to all those sending us emails, they are a MASSIVE boost and thank you to all those who shared playlists with us! Please keep the emails coming #twac2015 #rowing #atlanticrow #oceanreunion #spotify #taliskerwhisky #taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge #endurance #motivation @teenage_cancer @cftrustuk
Angus Collins said:
Months of preparation have gone in to building up to this huge challenge and we are more determined than ever to break the record and raise as much as we can for our 2 charities. We are not expecting it to be easy, but we are more than up for the challenge.
"It is by any standards an astonishing challenge; to row anywhere between 36 and 60 days in a small boat, buffeted by huge waves, risking storms and accompanied only by marine life. The very best of luck to the crews," commented Mark Hunter, gold medal-winning Olympic rower.
Helen Bearfield- Swift, Regional Fundraising Manager said: "Ocean Reunion have been training tirelessly for the past year as well as putting their all into fantastic fundraising activities for the charity. We're so grateful to the team for choosing us to fundraise for on such a huge challenge, and we will be cheering them along the way! Currently for every young person with cancer Teenage Cancer Trust reaches, there's another we can't. Money raised will be making a difference to the lives of young people with cancer."