December 2020, UK Team Oardacity, comprising of Harry Hearn, Alex Soskin, Ed Batchelor and Tom Phillips, began their challenge of a lifetime where they are testing their endurance, spirit and friendship, pitting themselves against the Atlantic Ocean in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge (TWAC): www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/.
Referred to as, “The World’s Toughest Row” the challenge involves rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean.
‘Rowing 2 hours on and 2 hours off in rotation, we will be pushing ourselves to our mental and physical limits all to raise much-needed awareness and funds for our two special causes, Christina Noble Children’s Foundation (cncf.org) and MIND,’ said Harry Hearn, Oardacity skipper
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a race like no other. It is an endurance race across one of the world’s most dangerous oceans. Enduring sleep deprivation, dehydration, huge calorie deficits, hallucinations, salt sores, 60ft waves and physical and mental exhaustion as teams navigate their way across one of the busiest shipping zones in the world.
The funds raised for CNCF will go directly to CNCF’s life-saving mental health programmes where CNCF works with vulnerable children and young people who have experienced significant trauma in their young lives. This care supports some of the most marginalised and distressed children on our planet today. Without such services, these children continue to be vulnerable and at very high risk of global trafficking and abuse in all its ugly forms.
The team are currently 23 days on the water into the challenge, they have rowed over 1,415 nautical miles on a 28ft boat and have 1,191 nautical miles to go.
Oardacity are fundraising via Virgin Money Giving and every pound donated will help to support a child, man or woman with mental health care: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Oardacity2020