The perils ahead

As if the physical challenge of rowing 3,000 miles across the ocean wasn't enough, we will also have to deal with...

Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

Managing sleep deprivation is a critical skill in ocean rowing. Continuous shifts of 2 hours rowing, 2 hours rest, day and night, is our routine for up to 2 months at sea. We all get tetchy when we don't sleep properly - imagine 4 men living on top of each other in these conditions.

Hallucinations

Hallucinations

12 hours of rowing every day leads to exhaustion, exhaustion leads to hallucinations and hallucinations can lead to danger. Whilst they may sound amusing to many, in the middle of the ocean they can seriously affect your mental strength and quickly threaten both your own safety and the safety of your fellow rowers.

Extreme Weather

Extreme Weather

The weather on the ocean can change unexpectedly and with devastating effect. Tropical storms can seemingly appear from nowhere, with waves reaching heights of three storey buildings. Add in hurricane force winds and lashing rain, this will make our rowing boat feel very small!

Isolation

Isolation

Four men in a boat for up to two months alone at sea. On a grey ocean in poor weather, you are tired and sore. In the middle of the ocean you could be hundreds of miles from the next nearest boat - and you are surrounded by nothing but deep water and the dangerous elements of the sea. This is isolation.

Salt Sores

Salt Sores

Constant spray from the sea and hot temperatures causing the water to evaporate will leave our bodies coated in salt. This acts as natural and savage sandpaper, chaffing away at our raw skin. The more we row, the worse it gets. It is no surprise that many rowers resort to extreme methods to deal with salt sores and blisters... even by rowing completely naked.

Hunger

Hunger

Each crossing must be completely unsupported to qualify as a recognised Ocean Crossing. This means we have to carry everything that we will need for up to 90 days at sea. In hot conditions the team will be burning in excess of 20,000 calories per day - an energy deficit that will be difficult to meet with dehydrated food packs alone!