ATLANTIC ROW (PAIRS)
First undertaken in 1997, and subsequently held every two years, The Atlantic Rowing Race is without doubt one of the most daunting races of any kind in the world. In rowing boats measuring just seven metres by two metres, competitors inch their way from the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa to the island of Antigua in the Caribbean Sea, a distance of nearly 5500 kilometres as the crow flies. Isolated and completely unsupported, rowers must battle a terrifying sense of insignificance in the vast expanse of blue tempestuous water that lies between them and the finish.
In 2007 I was given the opportunity to compete with Bill Godfrey in what was then the Woodvale Atlantic Rowing Race. It was an event that changed my life.
The Woodvale challenge is a rowing race across the Atlantic ocean from the Canary Islands, 5400Km to Antigua in the Caribbean. (More people have climbed Mount Everest and ventured into space than have successfully rowed across the Atlantic !)
Temperatures:30 and 40°C
PETER VAN KETS – Atlantic Crossing
BILL GODFREY – Atlantic Crossing