Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean is no small feat. More people have been to Space and climbed up Mount Everest than have rowed the Atlantic.
So why did Marcus Beale choose the Talisker Whiskey Challenge row across the Atlantic for his first competitive row?
Why Marcus is rowing across the Atlantic
Marcus has taken up this challenge to raise money for Macmillan support, a great cause to help others that have been affected by cancer. Macmillan assist with all aspects that can hinder a cancer patient and their family, providing physical, emotional and financial support.
Marcus has entered the solo race category, rowing from San Sebastian in La Gomera in the Canary Islands, three-thousand miles west to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua and Barbuda.
Marcus signed up to this challenge twelve months ago, and learnt to row with the help of Leeds Rowing Club. He has been training in the Medaterranian Sea to prepare himself for the race on the twelfth of December this year. The challenge is grueling, taking its toll on rowers physically and mentally.
Marcus is aiming to complete the challenge in just forty-five days, but will most likely take longer due to the various complications of an ocean crossing.
The challenge and the journey
This row is an unsupported race, meaning that all rowers will have to pack all their food and essentials onto the boat and complete the crossing without aid from outside their boat. Marcus will be by himself on the boat for the entire journey, burning around five thousand calories a day and drinking at least ten litres of water a day.
Marcus has a water purifier on board and has taken great lengths to learn how to fix the purifier, so that he can row unsupported even if it breaks.
Marcus and the boat will be pushed to their limits. Having to fix various different parts of the boat as he travels across the Atlantic, the boat will be around half a tonne when it is fully laden. Marcus will have to row twelve hours a day to keep himself on track, rowing in excess of one and a half million oar strokes!
The Whiterows boat has been built and modified to be able to deal with the Atlantic Ocean, an unpredictable landscape that makes it hard to stay on course over the three-thousand mile journey that these rowers will have to face. A tracker is fixed to the boat, so you will be able to follow him across the ocean over the course of the race.
How to support
Marcus still has sponsorship available on his boat and every penny will be donated straight to Macmillan.
You can also donate on his just giving page and wish him luck on his social media here: