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Monday, December 05, 2016

Atlantic challenge now annual event

The race headquarters in San Sebastian de La Gomera
The world’s toughest row is back! The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, now an annual race, will start from San Sebastian de La Gomera on the 14th of December 2016, pitting 13 new teams of rowers against one of the most fearsome oceans – in what’s considered the world’s toughest row.
It is an international fleet with seven teams from the UK, three from the United States, one from South Africa, one from Ireland, one from Scotland and one from the Ukraine.  All will be at the mercy of the elements as they undertake one of the most perilous sporting challenges on Earth, rowing the 3,000 nautical miles from La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Antigua in the Caribbean. The short video below gives a taste of how arduous the journey really is:

4 comments :

Bruce Jeffrey said...

So that's actually eight teams from the UK. Scotland is still very much part of the United Kingdom.

La Gomera said...

Hi Bruce,
well, first of all this breakdown by nationalities is the official one issued by the race organisers.
Secondly, hasn't Scotland got its own national soccer team (and rugby, etc) as well, which competes in international championships, same as Wales (et al) ?
That's the way it's always been in sport.

Bruce Jeffrey said...

Mmmm - Race website currently lists five UK teams and one Scottish participant - young lady from Dunblane. But nationalities apart, good luck to anyone venturing forth in the Atlantic in a rowing boat in winds like there are at the moment in NW Scotland.
Can I also say how much we enjoy reading your La Gomera blog - keep up the good work.

La Gomera said...

Thanks a lot Bruce,
and don't forget to keep the fingers crossed for the Rep. of Ireland 11
when we play the national team of Wales in the World Cup soccer qualifiers... :-))
Cheers