This month the amateur Atlantic rowing team face a major milestone – the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge sets sail from the Canary Islands in six months time.
Now six months may seem like a long time to train for a sporting event, but when you face the physical and mental challenge of rowing 3,000 miles in the challenging weather conditions the Atlantic Ocean will present – six months doesn’t seem like much time at all.
The team are rowing to raise money for their chosen children’s charity West London Zone which is helping them upkeep their appetite to succeed as they train day and night. They’re also holding down day jobs alongside their rigorous training regime – so we caught up with them to see how they are getting on, and if they’re happy with their progress so far.
First look at the competition boat
The team recently took delivery of their brand new boat, a Rannoch R45 – deemed the fastest ocean rowing boat in the world.
The boat, measuring 26ft long and weighing 1.4 tonnes without cargo has 2 cabins at either end, each measuring around 6ft. These small cabins will be used to rest and sleep during their gruelling 2 hours on, 2 hours off rowing pattern – not leaving much space to relax in.
What will the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge entail?
- 3,000 miles at sea – no stopping, and nothing around you except a glimpse of fellow rowers and two safety yachts holding back in case of emergency
- Rowing across an ocean which at its deepest is 5.28 miles
- Waves at stages of the journey that can reach as high as 20ft
- A rigorous physical exercise regime that will see rowers burn in excess of 5,000 calories each day, losing an average of 12kg during the challenge
Who Are Fortitude IV?
Fortitude IV are a team of four friends and amateur rowers taking on the courageous challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. Taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in December 2019, the team are raising funds for West London Zone, who support underprivileged children in London.