Team Row4Victory are now over half way into their gruelling 3,000 nautical mile race across the Atlantic Ocean.
The team which is made up of four friends from Yorkshire, RAF Chief Technician Fraser Mowlem, Former Royal Marine Glyn Sadler, Ex-Royal Engineer Duncan Roy and civilian Will Quarmby, passed the half way point on New Year’s Day.
“We are no longer beginning this challenge but finishing,” Will said.
“We dare to start counting down the days and miles rather than up. We are no longer getting further away from our loved ones but closer. When you think you’ve given your all you can find reserves in new depths to think you’re now going home and back to family and friends.”
Team Row4Victory: (Left to Right) Duncan Roy, Will Quarmby, Fraser Mowlam, Glyn Sadler.
Dubbed ‘the World’s toughest endurance race, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge began at La Gomera in the Canary Islands on 12 December, with the team travelling 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, spending anywhere between 35-70 days at sea.
As they reach the half way point the team are now on track to reach the finish line at English Harbour in Antigua before the end of January, and are currently lying in 6 place out of 27 teams.
However, the crossing hasn’t been all plain sailing for the Yorkshire men.
Not only have they faced adverse weather conditions, giant waves, sea sickness and some technical issues with the boat.
Writing on their race blog the team said: “We encountered a couple of small technical problems in that first couple of weeks, an oar collar broke, some brand-new bearings seized overnight in the sliding seats, a row gate popped and we had an airlock in the water maker on our first run just 24 hours in. All of which were dealt with calmly and quickly and again, within minutes we were operating as normal.”
Team Row4Victory mid Atlantic.
As well as technical issues two members of the team suffered injuries.
Duncan was stung by a jellyfish while he was in the water cleaning the hull of the boat, and Fraser suffered an intense shin injury due to over-use, which resulted in him having to take a break from the oars and rest for six days.
“The largest obstacle faced by the team had been the intense shin pain suffered by Fraser,” the team said.
“The whole episode though went to show what a great team ethos there is.”
The team ahead of the race. Credit: Row4Victory
While Duncan, Will and Glyn all put in extra hours on the oars to make sure the boat retained as much speed as possible, Fraser took over all other jobs, making sure his team mates were fed and watered, keeping the boat clean and running the navigation.
Thankfully after a few days rest and a phased return to the oars and all is well, and the foursome are now back to rowing in pairs, two hours on and two hours off, around the clock.
The Row4Victory team are not only racing to win but they are also rasing money for their chosen charities The Legion and Soldier On!
“Every donation is fed back to us and we’re continually blown away by the unwavering generosity of the people who hear about what we’re doing for the Royal British Legion and Soldier On! and feel moved to contribute,” Will said.
“What we’re going through is insignificant compared to the pain, trauma and loss felt by some of the people these two incredible charities help every day of the year.”
The team are hoping to raise £100,000 and have so far have raised over £85,000. To donate to the team visit their website or their JustGiving page or text 70070 with the code ROWV59 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10.
During the race you can also track the team as the embark on their incredible journey using the Yellow Brick tracking app which updates their location every four hours.
Simply download the ‘YB Races’ App from the App Store and search for the ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2018’ and you can track the team.