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Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017

15th December 2017
The world's toughest row, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017 is now underway once again.

On December 12th, 28 teams from around the world left the shores of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to English Harbour, Antigua in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2017.

Known as the world’s toughest row, the 2017 race includes teams from the UK, Ireland, USA, Spain, Romania, Switzerland, Netherlands, Norway, Australia, New Zealand, China, Antigua and Egypt. Competing as solos, pairs, trios or teams of four, each participant will burn around 8,000 calories a day and lose approximately 20% of their body weight over the duration of the race.

Teams will experience all of the challenges the Atlantic and nature’s elements can conjure, from tropical storms to 40ft waves and sweltering heat - rowing in shift patterns of two hours on, two hours off. Alongside the physical challenge, teammates will need to work together to stay mentally strong as they spend Christmas Day and New Year’s eve away from their families during this transformational adventure, which lasts anywhere between 35-90 days.

Blaire Fraser, Global Talisker Brand Manager commented: "To us, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is all about supporting and bringing to life the transformational experience and journey of each rower as they immerse themselves in the elements. Our founders, the MacAskill brothers, rowed from Eigg to Skye to found Talisker Distillery in Scotland almost 200 years ago and just like our founders’ row, this challenge represents adventure, strength of character and showcases what it means to be made by the sea."

You can follow the progress of the rowers during the race via the Race Tracker on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge Web Site where it is still very close only a few days into the race but who will endure all the Atlantic has to throw at them and be the first to arrive in Antigua after around 40 days of rowing.

Of course you can always watch the action unfold each day while enjoying a drop of Talisker single malt whisky which you will find available from specialist online whisky shops such as Master of Malt

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