Force Atlantic team light flares to celebrate completing challenge

Army team set new Atlantic rowing record in aid of RBL

A team from the British Army have set a new world record for crossing the Atlantic Ocean whilst raising vital funds for the Royal British Legion.

Made up of members of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps, Force Atlantic 21 completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 40 Days, 23 hours and 57 minutes, setting a new record for a mixed team of four.

Force Atlantic team celebrating new world record
© Penny Bird for Atlantic Campaigns

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Force Atlantic were  led by Captain Scott Pollock, whose family we have supported. 

Anna on her bike

Supporting Anna

When his wife Anna suffered a bleed on her spine in 2013 we stepped in to help support the family and assist with her recovery.
Anna's story

This included funding a recumbent bike for Anna and taking the family to the Invictus Games in 2016 where Anna won three bronze medals for swimming.

"Reflecting on our whole journey from Anna’s injury, the RBL were really vital without us realising that at the time," says Scott

"They helped Anna to excel in her rehabilitation and now be in a position where she’s working again.

"The charity has supported us so much, so it’s all about saying thank you and helping the RBL to support another family like ours."

Pollock family
Scott and Anna celebrating Christmas early before the Atlantic rowing challenge begins

“It’s life-saving,” adds Anna. 

“There was a point where I thought I didn’t have a life to live anymore, and that my life would be consumed with pain. 

“But now it’s not, and a massive part of that is down to the RBL and how they supported us.”

Force Atlantic team aerial image
More people have been to space than rowed across an ocean. Captain Scott Pollock

Force Atlantic 2021

Scott was joined on the team by fellow members of the Royal Army Physical Training Corps - WO1 Victoria Blackburn, Sgt Laura Barrigan and Staff Sgt Phillip Welch.

Force Atlantic team holding Union Jack
From left: Laura, Scott, Victoria and Phillip © Penny Bird for Atlantic Campaigns

Speaking before their departure, Scott said:

“All four of us are just looking forward to getting to the start line, getting on the boat and just beginning this journey.”

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