On 12 December 2018, the members of Atlantic Discovery will set off from La Gomera in the Canaries, in a 28ft boat loaded with almost a tonne of manpower, supplies and equipment, to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. It's a journey which will test mental and physical endurance beyond anything they have faced before, draw on all their courage, resilience, camaraderie and spirit.
Ben, Cameron, Jack and Isaac are aiming to raise £60,000 for the Centre and the MS Society. They will #row4rose, named for Bens mum who attends the Berkshire MS Therapy Centre, to raise funds and awareness of MS.
Their 28ft boat, Ellida, looks incredibly impressive on land dressed in the green of their main sponsor, the NAGICO Insurances Group but on the big wide ocean, it looks a lot smaller. The boat carries everything they need for the 6 – 8 week challenge – including all the food and the kit, sleeping space and the solar generated water maker.
With a pattern of two hours rowing, two hours of sleep/mending the boat/eating/everything else, sleep deprivation will play a big role.
Updates: Atlantic Discovery visited the Centre for the last time before their row on 5th November - read about their visit
Stay in Touch
Just because the team are at sea doesn't mean we will not hear from them. Their land support includes Penny Bird who will ensure we know exactly what is going on.
Their website has a lot of information and once they 'set sail' you can track them live. If you are on Facebook, like their page Atlantic Discovery to stay up to date with everything going on. And of course you can support their challenge by donating here