When NRL announced their sponsorship of amateur rowers Fortitude IV earlier in the year as they began training to row the Atlantic Ocean, the race seemed a long way off.
Now as the rowers arrive at the start line in La Gomera, that challenge to row 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic is becoming very real.
The four friends are aiming to raise £250K for West London Zone, a charity that works with local school children to create bespoke programmes to help them develop and grow.
From training in the gym, to spending weekends out at sea, and embarking on nutritional food plans to prepare their bodies for the physical endurance they’ll need to spend weeks at sea – Fortitude IV have worked tirelessly to prepare for the race, deemed the world’s toughest row.
Fortitude IV discuss the race on ITV London News
Max and Hugh recently spoke to ITV London News about the race, and West London Zone.
How can you support Fortitude IV?
If you’d like to make a donation to benefit West London Zone, then head over to their website:
We’ll be following their journey on our social media channels, where you can show your support:
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
Each year rowers set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to travel 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. The premier event in the rowing calendar, teams will be competing to land in Antigua, a race that is expected to take one month at sea.
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.