2 Friends, Rowing the Atlantic Ocean
3,000 Miles, Over 1,000,000 Strokes
1 World Record
"Jemma and Lauren met 10 years ago at Reading University Hockey Club initiations.
Having completed many challenges together, they somehow found themselves deciding that rowing across the Atlantic was the next sensible (!) challenge to take on, and are looking forward to testing themselves both physically and mentally.
With zero rowing experience and having not got enough mates to fill a 4-man boat, the decision was made to row as a pair. If all goes to plan, the girls are aiming to successfully complete the crossing and also break the women's pairs World Record in the process.
When not working or rowing, the girls are in the kitchen dehydrating food ready for their time at sea. Both big foodies, they're making all of their food provisions themselves out of surplus food, showing support to their chosen charity FareShare in their bid to address the global food waste problem. The girls are also supporting Cancer Research UK and The Mintridge Foundation." - Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge
Welcome aboard Team Whale of a Time!
We are Team Whale of a Time, Jemma Rix and Lauren Woodwiss.
In December we will be rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera, Canary Islands, to English Harbour, Antigua, in aid of 3 incredible charities. This is part of a organised unassisted race called the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.
This should take us anything between 50-70 days and to date has only been completed by 7 other female pairs. We hope to be the 8th! On our way we will face huge 40ft waves, seasickness, extreme fatigue, blisters & boredom and anything else mother nature and her friends throw at us. The current world record for a female pair stands at 50 days and 7 hours and we will row our little arms off to try and break this. However we are ultimately using this rowing challenge as a catalyst to raise money for our 3 chosen charities; Cancer Research, Mintridge Foundation and FareShare. For the last 9 months we have been preparing for our row: Learning to row, training, finding a boat, making our dehydrated meals, sourcing equipment and undertaking navigation and safety courses.
Alongside this we have been fundraising as much as possible for our charities. By completing our challenge, we hope to raise near £50,000. Alongside this we are aiming to raise much needed awareness about the global issue of food waste and the environment. In support of our charity FareShare, we have made all our meals ourselves and utilising as much surplus product. If surplus is good enough to fuel us across an ocean, it’s certainly too good for the bin.
We will also be doing a blog from sea and will send you all the information and where to find this prior to us leaving so you can keep updated.