Groundforce is looking forward to following the amazing journey Chris & James are starting in December. This duo team “Hell Oar High Water” (HOHW) will be undertaking a challenge of a lifetime.
These two Bradford lads will be braving the elements and rowing 3,000+ nautical miles, unsupported, from La Gomera, Canary Islands to Antigua in the Caribbean as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. To put their epic journey into perspective – more people have been into space, than have rowed the Atlantic!
“We are not ex/serving military, athletes or adventurers - we didn’t even have any rowing or ocean experience until a long time after we had signed up. Yet we believe that anyone can achieve the unthinkable and make a difference regardless of their background or perceived ability, and we hope to demonstrate this through our row, whilst raising money and exposure for our chosen charities.”
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is, without doubt, the world’s toughest rowing race. Chris and James will each burn over 10,000 calories per day whilst only taking in 6,000. They will lose 20% of their bodyweight before they cross the finish line - not to mention contending with the 50ft waves, sleep deprivation, salt sores and sharks!
“We first started talking about taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge over four years ago now. It was an idea that snowballed and was one that we just couldn’t shake. The opportunity to challenge ourselves and show that anything is possible played a huge part in our decision to finally sign up to the challenge. That was almost 2 years ago”.
It takes a certain sort of person to be able to cope with the physicality’s of a row such as this, the punishment will be relentless. Typically, 2 hours rowing, 2 hours rest, day and night, non-stop until they complete their mission. Their bodies will change and become weak but their minds will have to stay strong.
“It was very important to us that the money we raised for charity went to helping people within the Bradford area and CentrePoint was the first charity that came to mind. I had to leave home at 17 without knowing where I would be living but with help from friends and family I managed to find a solution. However some young people are not so lucky and don't always have a support network. This is where Centrepoint shines and can offer support to vulnerable young people by giving them the practical and emotional support they need to find a job and live independently.” Chris.
“However difficult it has been so far, what we have learned on the way has been invaluable and the satisfaction of our achievements has already outweighed any stumbling blocks. We can’t wait to get to the start line in La Gomera and see what challenges the Atlantic brings”
If you would like to learn more about HOHW and their amazing challenge, you can find more information on their website: www.hohw.co.uk or search 'Hell Oar High Water' on social media (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) and follow their journey.
If you wish to donate to their cause please visit: www.hohw.co.uk/give