The premier event in ocean rowing – A challenge that will take you 2.800 Nautical miles (5.200 km) west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW). The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. The race structure brings together an environment where teams from across the globe gather in the race village San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands. The atmosphere is electric as people help each other prepare for the challenge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. All with the same objective – to take on the unique experience of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat

Race Ficts & Facts

  • Rowers will row for 2 hours, and sleep for 2 hours, constantly, 24 hours a day. 7 days a week. 

  • Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes. 

  • More people have climbed Mount Everest than rowed an ocean.

  • The waves the rowers will experience can measure up to 20ft (6 mtr) high.

  • There are two safety yachts supporting the teams as they cross the ocean. 

  • Each rower is expected to use 800 sheets max of toilet paper during their crossing.

  • Each rower needs to aim to consume 10 litres of water per day.

  • Rowers burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day.

  • There is no toilet on board - rowers use a bucket.

  • Each rower loses on average 12 kg of weight crossing the Atlantic!

Photo credits: World's Toughest Row