OA Reached the Finish Line as a Champion
“We are ecstatic to have won our class in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Nothing could have prepared us for the treacherous conditions at sea and it feels phenomenal to have overcome the challenges. Thank you to all who have supported us along the way.” Dan Howie.
Challenge highlights for Will and Dan included dolphin sightings and being flanked by a pod of whales, which helped to boost morale for the pair whilst they battled against high seas, survived on freeze dried food rations and dealt with excruciating sores.
The challenge consisted of a 24 hour a day rowing schedule, with Dan and Will each completing alternate two hour shifts until the 3,000 mile course was completed. Alongside the demand of the day-to-day rowing, both team members battled a series of testing circumstances such as waves reaching up to 50ft, the dangers of rowing a major shipping lane, deadly wildlife, physical exhaustion and sleep deprivation.
Their aim was to raise as much money as possible for three charities close to their hearts - Cancer Research UK, Leukemia & Lymphoma Research and St Anna’s. Previous to their challenge, Dan visited Aysgarth School at the opening of the new Clement Hales Sports Hall, where he gratefully received a £3,000 donation after the boys completed their 'rowathan'.
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