Team Antigua docked at Nanny Cay today after a 200-mile, 48-hour training row from Antigua to the BVI. Team Antigua are competing in the 2017 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3,000 mile rowing race starting on December 12th in San Sebastian de La Gomera, Spain and finishing in Antigua. The race was founded in 1997 by Sir Chay Blyth with subsequent races roughly every two years since.
Team Antigua was spurred into action after the historical feat achieved by Team Wadadli as the first team from Antigua to compete in and complete the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2015/2016. Team Wadadli earned the Guinness World Record as the oldest team of four to row the Atlantic with a combined age of 221 years 210.75 days in their 52-day crossing.
“John, Nico, and myself were fishing together 10 years ago 30 miles east of Antigua when we saw a rowboat and two scruffy men coming in,” said Eli Fuller.
“It sparked our adventurous interest. Since then we have seen others make the journey including our famous Team Wadadli. We followed all the teams last year without saying or admitting that we wanted to do it. We have each grown up on the sea doing things like fishing, sailing, diving, boating, surfing windsurfing, kitesurfing and exploring, and all of us love adventure and challenges.
“It was Captain Nick of Team Wadadli who said that he wanted another team to continue the legacy of Antiguans roaring across the Atlantic. We were actually contacted by a potential sponsor in May who asked us to start a team. We didn’t need much more encouragement after that happened.”
Team Antigua – Eli Fuller (Captain), Scott Potter, John Watt and Nico Pshoyos – is well into the preparation and training for this arduous trans-atlantic challenge.
Currently 33 teams are entered in the 2017 event including 13 other “fours” and 8 individual rowers.
The record for a 4-man team was set in 2016 by Latitude 35 with time of 35 days, 14 hr, 3 min. Although Team Antigua aren’t expecting to break any records, they hope to be close to, if not on, the podium in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua.
You can find out more about Team Antigua (and sponsorship opportunities) on their web site.
In March, record-breaking Chris Berthish spoke at Nanny Cay after the 42-year old South African had just paddled unassisted across the Atlantic on a SUP (stand up paddleboard), landing in Antigua on Thursday 9th March 17, after 93 days at sea alone.