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