to protect the oceans
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) is an unaided rowing race considered as one of the toughest rowing race in the world. The departure will be in December 2019 and the duration varies from 29 to 90 days. Starting point is La Gomera (Canary Islands) and heads westward to reach Antigua (Caribbeans) after a distance of roughly 4’800km/3000miles. Gabi has set the goal to master this challenge as a solo rower and at the same time draw the attention to the necessity of considerate care of our oceans.
An Atlantic crossing by rowing boat not only requires an accurate rowing technique, physical fitness and health but also a big portion of mental strength.
Gabi is new to rowing but has improved her technique as well as physical condition to a high level in a short time. The first training session in the ocean was also a success.
Thanks to her vast endurance sports experience in ultra marathon running, Gabi already has an optimal foundation particularly in terms of mental strength. In training camps she continuously deepens her nautical knowledge and practices how to handle possible dangers out on the oceans.
«Together we can do this: I’ll take care of the rowing»
Some Things I am Aware of As Participant
Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes over a race. - I hope not to lose count on the way.
More people have climbed Mount Everest than rowed an ocean. - Obviously Mount Everest wasn’t an option anymore.
At its deepest, the Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km/5.28 miles deep. - I’d rather stay on the water.
The waves the rowers will experience can measure up to 20ft high. - Excellent push for surfing.
There are two safety yachts supporting the teams as they cross the ocean. In the 2013 race, one yacht traveled a massive 9000nm! - Glad that I only have to cover 3000nm.
Each rower is expected to use 800 sheets of toilet paper during their crossing. - Again, counting will be key.
In the 2016 race, solo rower Daryl Farmer arrived in Antigua after 96 days,rowing without a rudder to steer with for nearly 1200miles/40 days. - I remain optimistic.
There is no toilet on board – rowers use a bucket! - Luckily, water flushing is available.
Each rower loses on average 12kg crossing the Atlantic! - I’ll make sure to have some of Gabi left.