|Some of the competitors in the marina of San Sebastian de La Gomera|
The countdown to the start of the world's toughest rowing race is on. The 2015 edition of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will have 26 teams and solo rowers competing unaided for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. The more than 3000 nautical miles distance will take the teams between 40 to 90 days to row, depending on currents and weather conditions. The teams, including a team of handicapped rowers and two ladies' teams are getting ready on La Gomera and will star their arduous journey from San Sebastian on Tuesday, Dec. 15th 2015, at lunchtime with a large contingent of the international press in attendance. The rowers will head west from San Sebastian in La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua and once they leave the safety of the harbour here in their small boats they will be completely on their own.
The rules for the race are as follows:
1. Boats can be raced as a solo, pairs or four man team in two different classes: Pure Class and Concept Class, with an overall winner in each of these two classes.
2. No outside assistance is permitted throughout the race. Each team shall carry all necessary food, cooking gas, medical kit, and safety equipment for the entire crossing.
3. Each competitor shall hold a valid RYA Yacht-master Ocean Theory, First Aid at Sea, Sea Survival and a VHF Radio Licence.
4. Each competitor shall have undertaken a qualifying row and qualifying courses before race start.
5. The boat shall only be propelled by the rowing effort of the crew and the natural action of the wind, waves and currents acting on the boat.
6. Any emergencies, urgent incidents or problem solving must be dealt with in accordance with the Race Crisis Operations Document.
7. All packaging and refuse shall be retained on board until disposal can be arranged at an appropriate location ashore.
8. All drinking water shall by produced using a watermaker from sea water.
|The race headquarters and media centre opposite the marina of San Sebastian de La Gomera|