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Dylan and Sam will be challenged physically and mentally whilst rowing a constant, relentless shift-pattern of two hours on and two hours off to complete the 2017 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

2017 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

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THE TOUGHEST RACE ON EARTH

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

Known as one of the toughest challenges on earth, made more difficult by raging seas, howling winds, sharks, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation, there is little wonder that a mere 500 people have completed this challenge. Almost ten times that number have been to the summit of Mount Everest, and nearly twice the number have travelled to space.

Dylan and Sam will be challenged physically and mentally whilst rowing a constant, relentless shift-pattern of two hours on and two hours off. They will be using their down time only to eat, make water, make repairs and attempt to catch up on well deserved rest in a boat not much bigger than a standard family car.

The aim is to raise awareness for the Make a Wish Foundation, an incredibly deserving charity with an ambitious, but achievable fundraising target of $100,000 AUD. In order to gain maximum exposure and ensure that the charities and partners receive the maximum benefit, Dylan and Sam intend not only to win the race, but also to break the world record for a pair’s boat crossing the Atlantic..

The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge

THE WORLD'S TOUGHEST ROW

More people have been into space or climbed Everest, than have rowed the Atlantic

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Only three Australians have ever rowed across the Atlantic Ocean

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Only 435 people have successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a rowing boat

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198 people have been successful in crossing as a pair from East to West

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The idea of the Atlantic Challenge race came to Sir Chay Blyth whilst he was rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 1966 with John Ridgeway

CALENDAR

Leading up to the race start date in December, we will be hosting and attending events to raise awareness for our campaign and getting the boat out into the community as much as possible to let others enjoy our journey with us. If you would like to host us at your, place of work, school, gym or club please let us know. Otherwise keep an eye out for our events throughout the year and make sure you come say Hi when ever you see us! Here are a few of the occasions we have marked in our calender this year:

April: Unveil the newly designed boat
May: 25th – 28th Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show
August: 3rd – 7th Sydney International Boat Show
September: Ship the boat to the Canary Islands
November: We leave for the Canary Islands
December: 12th Race start

The Challenge


Rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, the teams will set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, heading to the finish line in Antigua. Once they leave the safety of the harbour, they will be on their own in the vast open ocean at the mercy of nature


THE BOAT




The Team



ABOUT DYLAN
@dylan.h.jones
Growing up between Australia and Europe, Dylan’s passion for adventure and the ocean was inevitable after his parents sailed to Australia from the UK; spending years exploring the Pacific Ocean. Once completing high school, he received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Fitness which gave him the opportunity to travel the world as a personal trainer. Over the last 5 years Dylan has been based between Europe and the US completing his studies and sea-time to be qualified as an Officer of the Watch for vessels up to 3000GT. Some of Dylan’s achievements and qualifications include;

  • Atlantic Crossings x 5 (2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016)
  • Pacific Crossing x 1 (2013)
  • Successful crossing of the North West Passage, spending three months navigating through ice from Greenland to Alaska (2013)
  • Yacht Master Offshore
  • Master of Yachts Unlimited
  • Dive Master, PADI
  • Two months sailing from Brisbane to New Caledonia, Vanuatu and returning (2010)
  • Volunteering for two months in a small village in Northern Thailand trying to create new initiatives to stop the abuse of elephants in their use for tourism (2011)
  • Summited Mt Kilimanjaro (2014)
  • Raised enough money to help launch a local charity and buy the necessary machines used for turning plastic waste into building materials for a slum in Nairobi, Kenya (2014) "The world is changed by your example, not your opinion"

ABOUT SAM
@samweir_ultra
Sam has surrounded himself in the surfing culture from a young age; travelling around the South Pacific, Sumatra and Indonesia while discovering untouched waves and becoming a talented waterman in the process. He is no stranger to pushing the limit of the body’s capabilities either; from being in the Army, to competing in ultra marathons around the world, he has become a prominent figure in a community more commonly reserved for a more experienced generation of athletes. Over the last few years this has seen him become a recognizable character in the ultra marathon community, as well as a source of inspiration to the many who follow his incredible feats through social media. Along with various Australian long distance records, some of his achievements include:

  • Competing in “the toughest race in the world,” a 217km foot race across Death Valley in America (2016).
  • Winning a 450km single stage foot race (2015)
  • Pioneered the 270km crossing of Papua New Guinea on foot, including the Kokoda trail (2014)
  • Summited Mt Kilimanjaro (2014)
  • Raised enough money to help launch a local charity and buy the necessary machines used for turning plastic waste into building materials for a slum in Nairobi, Kenya (2014)
  • Volunteering in Zambia and Zimbabwe in the fight against illegal rhino poaching (2013)
  • Numerous 100 mile races throughout Australia and New Zealand. “The human body is remarkable of what it can achieve. It’s about pushing the mind and the soul to explore new boundaries to find our absolute limits.”

get in touch

If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with The Ocean Nomads at any level, please contact us. We would be very happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also send us an email to request a copy of the Campaign Support Proposal with full details of the challenge, as well as our mission and how we aim to achieve it.

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