For the first time ever, an all-amputee crew is attempting the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, also known as the world’s toughest row.
Having set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands a couple of days ago, the Row 2 Recovery crew which is made up of four British military amputees and is being supported by the Endeavour Fund expect the journey to Antigua will take them between 40 and 50 days
The crew will row more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean. Once they leave the safety of the harbour, they’ll be on their own and at the mercy of the elements, until the race comes into its final stretch. The Row2Recovery team’s boat Legless is seven meters long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. Equipped at the race start, they cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing. They will typically row two hours on, two hours off, 24 hours per day, burning around 8,000 calories daily, and losing roughly 20% of their body weight over the duration of the race. Alongside physical exertion, the rowers will battle sleep deprivation, painful salt sores, and blisters, and face powerful storms with up to 40 foot waves.
The remarkable crew includes: Skipper and serving Light Dragoon Lance Corporal Cayle Royce MBE, 29; Former Irish Guardsman Paddy Gallagher, 30; Former RAF Flight Sergeant Parachute Jump Instructor Nigel Rogoff, 56; and Serving Royal Marine Colour Sergeant Lee Spencer, 46.
Cayle, Paddy, Nigel and Lee are determined to raise awareness and funds for other injured veterans and service personnel, to help them regain their self-belief and restore their self-confidence. As well as the Endeavour Fund, they are also raising funds for Help for Heroes, Blesma and Row2Recovery.
The Endeavour Fund recently announced AIG as its first Lead Corporate Partner for the next three years.