On December 12th, The Ocean 5 will set out from the Canary Islands in their 28ft row-boat in a bid to cross the Atlantic Ocean and reach Antigua, taking on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
In fact, this isn’t just a row; it’s a race. The annual event is organized by Atlantic Campaigns who support group, pair and solo entrants in this mammoth challenge of endurance, physical and mental strength.
The Ocean 5 are hoping to raise in excess of £250,000 for the Plastic Soup Foundation, who are running numerous campaigns to both prevent the passage of plastic into the ocean and educate consumers on making smarter choices.
Today, there is 393 million tons of plastic in the ocean, 99% of which is hidden below the surface: The Plastic Soup.
Within the Ocean 5 team are adventurers to the North and South Poles, climbers of the world’s highest mountains, sailors of the seven seas and Olympic torch-carrying sportsmen.
For Kevin Gaskell, previous Managing Director of Porsche, BMW and Fairline Boats, this journey across the Atlantic Ocean has been a long-term item on the to-do list. Having walked to the North Pole (twice!) and the South Pole with son and fellow oarsman Matt Gaskell, the opportunity to embark on this adventure, with the added merit of raising funds for sea plastic preventing causes, was too much to resist.
Will Hollingshead, Chris Hodgson and Sam Coxon, who complete the Ocean 5 team, all met working aboard superyachts. Sam has since switched superyachts for super sports, and is now a well-known face at Ironman Triathlons and on marathon finish lines. For Will and Chris, this row is an opportunity to put both their nautical knowledge and practical skillsets to the test.
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The team will battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores and the physical extremes inflicted by the immense scale of this race. Each team member will row in a cycle of two hours on, two hours off (for sleep!), 24 hours a day.
The 3,000-mile journey should take 35 to 45 days, depending on weather, wind, sea conditions and muscle power. The team will make in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes, battle waves up to 20ft high, and will each need to consume 5,500 calories a day.
THE WAYS TO SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Ocean 5 offer companies and individuals the chance to join the journey and show support with their 250 Club, which sees your name and message laser engraved onto the boat for a donation of £250.
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To make a smaller donation because, as Tesco say, every little helps, please visit their Go Fund Me page
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DID YOU KNOW?
– More people have climbed Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic
– The row boat used for the challenge is a Rannoch 45
– The boat has no means of propulsion other than the rowers themselves
– The boat’s electrical power (for navigation, communication and water desalination systems) is solar generated
– Each rower will need to consume 10 litres of water per day
– The Ocean 5 team will need to take 1.5 million calories-worth of food and sustenance with them