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  • Focus on Fortitude IV – Rowing into victory

     

    Having set off from the Canary Islands 32 days ago, when they had never attempted the epic challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean before, amateur team Fortitude IV rowed into Antigua late Monday 14th January 2020 – lifting the trophy as the winners of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019.

    Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019 winner Fortitude IV Credit: Ben Duffy

    Taking just 32 days, 12 hours and 35 minutes to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean without stopping – the team took it in turns to row 3 hours on, 3 hours off.

    Leading the race from the very early stages, the team rowed relentlessly throughout the race, spending Christmas and New Year on board, as well as celebrating two birthdays. Despite the race being deemed the World’s toughest row, and capsizing several times, the four friends continued to hold a two day lead on the competition.

    The team was met in English Harbour, Antigua by a large crowd of family, friends and holidaymakers – all keen to celebrate their outstanding achievement.

    Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019 winners Fortitude IV Credit: Ben Duffy

    Fortitude IV made the journey across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for West London Zone. The charity works with underprivileged young children across London, including those affected by the Grenfell Tower disaster. The team set themselves the challenge of raising £250k, as if rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean wasn’t tough enough.

    How can you support Fortitude IV?

    If you’d like to make a donation in recognition of Fortitude IV’s great achievement, then head over to their website:

    Donate to West London Zone

    • £20 = could pay for a child to choose fun activities outside school, e.g. coding, karate, football.

    • £50 = could help fund a ‘family day’ for West London Zone children and their families.

    • £100 = could pay for a ‘family day’ for West London Zone children and their families.

    • £500 = could fund 6 months of specialist support for a child, e.g. confidence-building, therapy, tuition.

    • £5,000 = could support a child to complete their full two year programme including support from their Link Worker and a ‘whole package’ of individually-tailored support.

    • £100,000 = could enable a whole cohort of children in a school to participate in a full two year programme.

     

    The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

    Each year rowers set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to travel 3,000 nautical 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.