The mission

Aqua Atlantic’s Mission is to row the Atlantic Ocean and push the boundaries of personal comfort to raise funds and awareness for the world’s most important life source, the Ocean. With the support of your company, we endeavour through hard work, determination, perseverance and professionalism to win the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

During their voyage, the team will adopt a difficult rowing pattern. 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to keep the boat moving for the duration of the challenge. Sub-zero temperatures at night followed by 40-degree heat during the day makes for gruelling conditions.

The Route

Known as one of the toughest challenges on earth, they will row unsupported for 3,000 nautical miles (that’s 5000km) from the Canary Islands in Spain to the West Indies in the Caribbean.

The Boat

George and Matt are in currently in contact with Rannoch Adventures who have a long history of building world class ocean rowing boats. 

Check out the R25 Pairs vessel, which is extremely similar to what both Matt and George will be using to cross the North Atlantic Ocean. 

The R25 Vessel, is a high-end ocean rowing boat that has been carefully engineered by Rannoch, the vessel will be 24 feet long and 5 foot 7″ across the beam. Safe to say there won’t be much room for comfort!

The Elements

Additionally, the team will face 40 foot waves, howling winds, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke, sleep deprivation and unpredictable weather. Relying solely on their own willpower, they will navigate independently as they are unsupported until they reach Antigua.


George and Matt will have to consume up to 5000 calories a day!


How long will it take? 

We will be rowing in 2 hours on – 2 hours off intervals, rowing sometimes alone and other times together. With this sequence, our goal is to take between 40 & 60 days, however this is all depends if Matt comes to training.


What will you eat? 

During the row, we expect to burn approximately 10,000 calories every day. This means we will consume mostly meals in the form of highly calorific form such as ‘space food’. Although, if we had our choice it would be beer and bacon.


How will you get your water? 


Each morning we will filter salt water from the ocean through the on-board filter system into fresh drinking water for the day ahead.


How will you sleep?


Hopefully very well! There are two cabins, one in the stern and one in the bow and each is just slightly bigger than a sleeping bag.


What if there is a storm?


During our venture, there is bound to be come bad weather, this in mind we will be prepared through our training to make the appropriate decision to either battle the storm or retreat to the cabins.


Are you likely to capsize? 


We will be utterly surprised to finish the race without capsizing. With such a high risk, we will ensure to be tied in at all times and to secure all valuable items. The vessel is designed to self-right after a capsize as long as the cabin doors are securely sealed. Here’s hoping George remembers to close the door!


Will you have support if something happens? 
There is one support yacht amongst all of the crews. Meaning that help is available although it can take up to 6 days to be rescued. However, in extreme circumstances we may need to reach out to a passing ship.  


How will you know you are going the right way?

Luckily, we have advanced navigational equipment on board to ensure a safe passage. If the navigation were to fail skipper George will take to his sextant to navigate with the sun, moon and stars.


Where do you go to the bathroom? 


The side of the boat will do just fine, but you’ve just got to hope that you’re tied to the boat.


What will you do if you get bored?


Luckily were both really good singers and if we get really bored Matt might even bust out a dance or two.