Friday, 27 May 2016

Antiguans may row across the Atlantic again!

The heroic accomplishment of Team Wadadli during the winter of 2015/16 was something that really brought our nation together as one proud people. A couple of small islands in the middle of the Caribbean sent a group of men to take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. This transatlantic rowing race was intense and there's very good reason that fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic than have climbed mount Everest. They were the oldest team ever to take part in what was truly an amazing achievement. The TWAC2015 ended up being a historical and world record braking event with every imaginable barrier being met by teams with a hurricane as a climax. People clung to their phones and computers with anticipation of news every day as the intrepid team slowly made their way across, and when they finally arrived, record breaking numbers of men, women, children and even animals turned out to welcome them home.
Many of us have been waiting to hear if there would be another Antigua and Barbuda team but so far none has taken up the challenge. Not surprising when you consider how difficult a challenge it is without mentioning how expensive it is to even get to the start of the race in the Canary Islands. 

This wait may be over. Over the past few weeks we have been exploring the possibility of organizing a team for the Talisker Whisky Antlantic Challenge starting in December 2017. The #twac2017 is a year and a half away and theres a monumental amount of preparation needed before a team would be able to be assembled ready at the start line in La Gomera. 

The first thing that needs to be decided is if our team will be solo, pairs, a trio or a four man team. 

Of course, releases will be coming as soon as we have more info, but at this point we think it's safe to say that there will be a team rowing across the Atlantic representing Antigua and Barbuda is 2017.

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