To recap, the challenge is known as ‘The World’s Toughest Row’ and involves the team rowing unsupported from the Canary Islands to English Harbour in Antigua & Barbuda.
Blue Tusk are doing this to raise awareness and funds for Tusk a charity focussed on advancing conservation across Africa, and Blue Marine Foundation, a charity dedicated to restoring the ocean to health by addressing overfishing.
With less than 16 months until Blue Tusk set off across the Atlantic, it was good to hear from them recently and learn their preparation has been going well.
As well as mandatory classroom training and qualifications for short range radio, navigation and sea survival, they have attended the Atlantic Campaigns ‘Ocean Rowing Course’. More importantly, however, they have taken delivery of their boat, Doris.
With the arrival of the boat, we are sure everything started feeling very real. Stepping things up, the guys have subsequently:
- Spent their first 3 days with rowing coach Duncan and undertook two 8-hour rows on the open water.
- Conducted their first overnight row, rowing a 2-hours-on, 2-hours-off routine.
- Each spent over 100 hours on the rowing machine, and the same amount of time in the gym.
- Attending Henley regatta with Doris.
At the time of writing, the team are attending the Southampton Boat Show (16 – 25 September). If you’re there, drop by, take a look at Doris, and say hi to the team.
We look forward to sharing another update in a few months’ time.