The World's Toughest Row

Nick Rees And Ed Curtis UK Retired Participants 2013

“Having spent two years preparing for our row across the Atlantic, Nick and I were of course very disappointed when we retired from the race. Despite this disappointment, it is fair to say that we have had the most fantastic experience and other than not finishing we would not change it for anything. Getting to the start line is a huge achievement in itself and without the help of Atlantic Campaigns we would never have managed it! Event Co-ordinator Nikki is awesome and always happy to help. Thank you Atlantic Campaigns and thank you Nikki!”
2017-01-17T08:56:05+00:00
“Having spent two years preparing for our row across the Atlantic, Nick and I were of course very disappointed when we retired from the race. Despite this disappointment, it is fair to say that we have had the most fantastic experience and other than not finishing we would not change it for anything. Getting to the start line is a huge achievement in itself and without the help of Atlantic Campaigns we would never have managed it! Event Co-ordinator Nikki is awesome and always happy to help. Thank you Atlantic Campaigns and thank you Nikki!”

Viscount Bobby Melville, UK participant 2013

“I can quite honestly say that we would not have come close to being ready at the start line without the guidance and support of Atlantic Campaigns. The list is endless but the advice we received made us as a team optimistic and assured. The office could have been on speed dial at one point and Atlantic Campaigns went beyond the call of duty to facilitate and help us achieve our goals and dreams. I would share my beach with the team at Atlantic Campaigns”
2017-01-17T08:57:35+00:00
“I can quite honestly say that we would not have come close to being ready at the start line without the guidance and support of Atlantic Campaigns. The list is endless but the advice we received made us as a team optimistic and assured. The office could have been on speed dial at one point and Atlantic Campaigns went beyond the call of duty to facilitate and help us achieve our goals and dreams. I would share my beach with the team at Atlantic Campaigns”

Finn Christo, UK Participant 2013

“If you’re going to row an Ocean, Atlantic Campaigns is the go to place. Professional, patient and couldn’t have been more helpful, we really felt looked after during the entire two year run up as well as during the race and immediately after. We’ve had amazing support but also made some lifelong friends as well, which made the experience all the more better”
2017-01-17T08:58:09+00:00
“If you’re going to row an Ocean, Atlantic Campaigns is the go to place. Professional, patient and couldn’t have been more helpful, we really felt looked after during the entire two year run up as well as during the race and immediately after. We’ve had amazing support but also made some lifelong friends as well, which made the experience all the more better”

Lucy Pritchard, Brand Manager, Diageo

“Working with Atlantic Campaigns is a pleasure, their expertise in the ocean rowing industry and professionalism has been apparent from day one. They have a good sense of humour, easy to work with and most importantly care. They care for their rowers, the rowers families and their colleagues. We respect safety is their number one priority and this is of the upmost importance to them when organising the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.”
2017-01-17T08:58:44+00:00
“Working with Atlantic Campaigns is a pleasure, their expertise in the ocean rowing industry and professionalism has been apparent from day one. They have a good sense of humour, easy to work with and most importantly care. They care for their rowers, the rowers families and their colleagues. We respect safety is their number one priority and this is of the upmost importance to them when organising the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.”

Janette Benaddi (Skipper Yorkshire Rows)

In May 2013 myself and three other ladies signed up for the 2015 Atlantic Campaigns Talisker Atlantic row across the Atlantic ocean. We were not the usual kind of race participants and our aim was not a competitive one unlike most race entrants it was to get across and enjoy the journey. Despite the fact we are not ultra-athletes and very different to the “normal” race participants we were still welcomed with open arms into the rowing community and the race. We were not treated any differently from the other professional participants, adventurers and ultra-marathon runners. We were made to feel right at home straight away in a world we were not used to. We were in fact helped and encouraged by Carsten and his brilliant team of professionals. One of the most important aspects for us was safety and AC go above and beyond when it comes to safety. We knew all the time from entering the race right through to the finish that we were safe being part of AC. The support is incredible, if you have never rowed an ocean before and want to I would fully recommend going with AC whether its your first or fifth row you need the support they give its vital to your success. Thankyou AC
2017-01-17T09:04:46+00:00
In May 2013 myself and three other ladies signed up for the 2015 Atlantic Campaigns Talisker Atlantic row across the Atlantic ocean. We were not the usual kind of race participants and our aim was not a competitive one unlike most race entrants it was to get across and enjoy the journey. Despite the fact we are not ultra-athletes and very different to the “normal” race participants we were still welcomed with open arms into the rowing community and the race. We were not treated any differently from the other professional participants, adventurers and ultra-marathon runners. We were made to feel right at home straight away in a world we were not used to. We were in fact helped and encouraged by Carsten and his brilliant team of professionals. One of the most important aspects for us was safety and AC go above and beyond when it comes to safety. We knew all the time from entering the race right through to the finish that we were safe being part of AC. The support is incredible, if you have never rowed an ocean before and want to I would fully recommend going with AC whether its your first or fifth row you need the support they give its vital to your success. Thankyou AC

Michael Galsworthy

It was three years ago when our youngest son Jack divulged at the breakfast table, that he intended to row the Atlantic, and I remember questioning his sanity and whether he truly appreciated how difficult this was going to be. Quite frankly I doubted whether he would actually get to the start line in the first place. How wrong we were and how utterly dazed and astonished we were as parents when Jack and his friend Freddie Wright undertook and completed the World's Toughest Row, arriving in Nelson's Harbour in Antigua 47 days after starting.

I think, on reflection, we did not really appreciate the enormity of this undertaking until we arrived in La Gomera to witness the start of the Race. There we saw the boats of the 30 or so competitors bobbing around in the harbour against the backdrop of the mighty and unforgiving Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Campaigns, the organisers of the whole Race, could not have been more reassuring and helpful to us nervous parents and families and it did not take us long to appreciate that we were committing Jack and Fred into very competent and safe hands.

Once the Race got underway, and we had gone home, it was so reassuring to know that we could always ring Nikki Holter, the events co-ordinator who is based in Newton Abbot in Devon. She was very forthcoming with reassurance and calming words when the hurricane hit the competitors in early January and we were quite rightly exceptionally nervous and fearful, but again we knew that professional rescue boats were always on hand and that the Race organisers were constantly in touch by radio with each of the competitors. Only at the end of the Race did we all suddenly realise how critical the situation had been during the hurricane and how calmly and professionally everyone had behaved - including the competitors.

It was also fascinating to be able to follow the course of each of the competitors on a computer, thanks to the App we were advised to download. At times it did seem a bit like watching paint dry, but each morning of the 3,000 nautical mile race we were able to note the relative performance of each competitor, their position and their course. This too was reassuring and made us feel definitely "in touch".

When finally the first competitors began to approach Antigua, Atlantic Campaigns helpfully gave us the 'heads up' about making timely bookings for our flights out and back as well as accommodation at Nelson's Harbour. Once we had arrived there we were completely captivated by the atmosphere of excitement as the boats began to arrive. Flares, ship sirens and horns, countless people spectating and a wonderful sense of excitement which at times seemed almost feverish.

Finally, when Jack and Freddie arrived at about 9.00 pm in the evening, this had to be one of the most emotional moments of our lives. It really was an astonishing achievement and Jack and Freddie were rightly named as the youngest pair ever to have rowed across the Atlantic and completed the world's toughest rowing race. Quite rightly they earned their position with a Guinness Book of Records Certificate and warmest congratulations and welcome by the Race organisers themselves. I am quite certain that the 47 days which it took Jack and Fred, both aged 21, to complete the Race changed all our lives and certainly enabled Jack and Fred to hold up their heads in pride.
Our gratitude also goes to Atlantic Campaigns for their professionalism and for the way in which competitors' families were kept well informed. What a herculean achievement!
2017-01-17T09:06:41+00:00
It was three years ago when our youngest son Jack divulged at the breakfast table, that he intended to row the Atlantic, and I remember questioning his sanity and whether he truly appreciated how difficult this was going to be. Quite frankly I doubted whether he would actually get to the start line in the first place. How wrong we were and how utterly dazed and astonished we were as parents when Jack and his friend Freddie Wright undertook and completed the World's Toughest Row, arriving in Nelson's Harbour in Antigua 47 days after starting. I think, on reflection, we did not really appreciate the enormity of this undertaking until we arrived in La Gomera to witness the start of the Race. There we saw the boats of the 30 or so competitors bobbing around in the harbour against the backdrop of the mighty and unforgiving Atlantic Ocean. Atlantic Campaigns, the organisers of the whole Race, could not have been more reassuring and helpful to us nervous parents and families and it did not take us long to appreciate that we were committing Jack and Fred into very competent and safe hands. Once the Race got underway, and we had gone home, it was so reassuring to know that we could always ring Nikki Holter, the events co-ordinator who is based in Newton Abbot in Devon. She was very forthcoming with reassurance and calming words when the hurricane hit the competitors in early January and we were quite rightly exceptionally nervous and fearful, but again we knew that professional rescue boats were always on hand and that the Race organisers were constantly in touch by radio with each of the competitors. Only at the end of the Race did we all suddenly realise how critical the situation had been during...

Dr . Nick Fuller and the rest of Team Wadadli

I think it's important that due credit be given by us , Team Wadadli the first Antiguan entry , to the race organizers at Atlantic Campaigns for helping us to make our recent Atlantic Crossing become a reality and a big success , with us also ending up in the Guinness Book of Records .

You not only helped us along our challenging journey to the start line , but you ensured that our trip would be a safe one by insisting and confirming that all your safety and scrutineering
requirements were met by us and all the other teams .

We had a wonderful time and we've accumulated a lifetime of wonderful memories and stories to take us through many years to come . Who knows , you may just see once again at the the start line some time down the line . Thanks to your entire team with special reference to Nikki , Ian and Carsten .

Best wishes

Dr . Nick Fuller and the rest of Team Wadadli .
2017-01-17T09:07:32+00:00
I think it's important that due credit be given by us , Team Wadadli the first Antiguan entry , to the race organizers at Atlantic Campaigns for helping us to make our recent Atlantic Crossing become a reality and a big success , with us also ending up in the Guinness Book of Records . You not only helped us along our challenging journey to the start line , but you ensured that our trip would be a safe one by insisting and confirming that all your safety and scrutineering requirements were met by us and all the other teams . We had a wonderful time and we've accumulated a lifetime of wonderful memories and stories to take us through many years to come . Who knows , you may just see once again at the the start line some time down the line . Thanks to your entire team with special reference to Nikki , Ian and Carsten . Best wishes Dr . Nick Fuller and the rest of Team Wadadli .

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