Thursday, January 16, 2014

Locura wins world's toughest rowing race

Brits Mike and Tom have beaten 15 international teams to win the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest rowing race.  They completed the gruelling 3,000 mile race from La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Antigua in 41 days, 2 hours, 38 minutes and 54 seconds.
Rowing in shifts of two hours on, two hours off, 53-year-old Mike and 30-year-old Tom who make up Locura Rows the Atlantic, competed in the arduous race to raise money for the Generous Hearts Foundation
The team have battled 40ft waves, tropical storms, seasickness, sleep deprivation, excruciating body sores, a capsize and even an encounter with a six-metre marlin which left a small hole in their boat.
Mike from Yorkshire met Tom, originally from Chichester and now living in London, in 2010 when they competed in the same crew of the Clipper Round the World Yacht Race where they finished in fourth place. (Source:

Locura is a Spanish word meaning madness. Well done and congratulations !
The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Rowing Challenge's started with delays due to bad weather from San Sebastian de La Gomera in December. Below photos of the preparations here:
One team ready to row
Others were provisioning

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