The Challenge

In 1966 Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway performed their legendary open-boat row across the Atlantic Ocean in English Rose III. The trip took 92 days. More people have been into space than have rowed the Atlantic, and it is rightly considered as one of the toughest challenges on the planet.

Since 1997 this ocean-rowing race has attracted the brave and the intrepid to pit themselves against the elements and race the 2,900 miles from La Gomera, Tenerife, to English Harbour, Antigua. Inspirational Friends will have to cope with blisters, salt rashes, sleep deprivation and rowing in two-hour shifts around the clock for weeks on end. Boats are seven metres long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing.

Our race starts on December 12th 2016!!


2013 Attempt

In 2013 Team Inspirational Friends set off from La Gomera to attempt the Atlantic Crossing. The Team, made up of Hannah Lawton and Lauren Morton, experienced major difficulties along the way and were rescued by a cargo ship, after an exhausting 96 days at sea.

To find out more about the 2013 attempt visit our 2013 website by clicking here.