Can anyone row the Atlantic?
The short answer is yes, with the caveat that you have to be prepared to prepare! To give you an idea, the youngest person to row an ocean is 16, the oldest is 72. There have also been successful paraplegic, amputee and registered blind ocean rowers.
Ocean rowing is predominantly about having the right mindset – if you believe you can row an ocean….you probably can.
Is the Atlantic Dash a race?
The Atlantic Dash is a life changing, life affirming, ocean experience. It is not designed to be a race. However, we are not your mum, if you want to be the first to Antigua – race on!
How much does it cost?
Atlantic Dash entry fee is £14,000 per boat plus £1,000 per person.
Ocean rowing is expensive, but there are plenty of people who row oceans who don’t have any money. If you work hard most of your costs can be covered by sponsors. Your biggest expenses will be: the boat, food, shipping and communications.
The co-founders of Monkey Fist Adventures have previously put together 3 independent crossings which have been funded through corporate sponsorship.
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How long does the crossing take?
It’s likely to take between 30 to 80 days depending on weather conditions and crew size.
Why does it launch in January?
There is a “season” to cross the Atlantic which is governed by the arrival of the trade winds which help you get across and the start of the hurricane season in the Caribbean, which does not help you get across. The “best” time to cross is between mid November and March when the long range forecast is good and the trade winds are more stable.
We have opted for an early January start as this enables those taking part to have the opportunity to spend Christmas and New Year with their family and still have plenty of time to get to Antigua.
Do you help finding sponsors?
We can help by giving you the tools you need to approach sponsors.
The best thing you can do is talk to everyone and anyone about what you are doing because support can often come from the unlikeliest of places.
How do I find a boat?
As the popularity of ocean rowing increases, more and more boat builders are cropping up. A good place to start is “The Ocean Rowing Society” group on facebook where there are often crew looking to sell their boats.
How do I enter?
Get in touch right now at firstname.lastname@example.org
Getting in touch does not tie you into anything, but it’s important to take that first step!
Can I enter if I’m not from the UK?
Absolutely! We are committed to making ocean rowing accessible to as many people as we can – we’d love to have the opportunity to support future ocean rowers from all around the globe.
Is it dangerous?
Any extreme endurance event has the potential to be dangerous in the same way that driving a car or crossing the road can be dangerous. If you don’t pay attention, have the correct training and constantly risk assess you will find yourself in trouble…
To take part in the Atlantic Dash you will have to pass a selection of mandatory courses and have a fully comprehensive list of safety equipment on board the boat before you are permitted to leave Lanzarote. The combination of kit and training vastly reduces the risks inherent with ocean rowing.
How do you go to the toilet?
The bad news – it’s a bucket. The good news – a lavatory landscape to rival all others. A poo with a view, if you will!
How fit do you have to be?
Ocean rowing is almost entirely about having the right mindset – if you think you can row an ocean…you probably can. From a fitness perspective – all three members of Monkey Fist Adventures have rowed oceans…no more words needed!
What do you eat?
As with all endurance endeavours, ocean rowing is an eating challenge. You will mostly be eating rehydrated meals – and lots of them. We recommend consuming 6,000Kcal per day, and even then you will lose weight…
What if the boat capsizes?
You will get wet.
That said, all boats that enter the Atlantic Dash must have the ability to self right; i.e. if they go over, they will roll all the way around and land back on their ‘feet’ without assistance from the rower(s). As a rower, the two things to remember are to keep the cabin door sealed, and clip yourself on to the boat when you are not in the cabin. That way the cabins won’t flood, you’ll self right nicely, and you won’t be separated from the boat.
How much water do you need?
Each rower will drink around 3 litres of water and use another 1.5 litres to rehydrate their food every day – so a crew of four will need around 810 litres for a 45 day crossing. If you were carrying that on board it would the like carrying an extra eleven humans – we thought you’d prefer not to do that, so instead you’ll use a desalination unit that converts sea water into drinking water.
How do you wash?
The washing situation is…unorthodox. It essentially relies on the crew becoming nose-blind! That said, it is essential to clean your body of salt water with a baby wipe or two after each shift. Dried on salt crystals are a shortcut to extreme chafing – and that’s a recipe for infections, which can be expedition ending.
What are the shift patterns?
There are no rules on shift patterns. A common way of rowing is 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day. But you can choose to do shorter or longer shifts. You may even want to row all day and sleep in the night (non-soloists require someone on watch at night).