It all started in 1966 when British Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway made history by becoming the first men to row the Atlantic. It was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 50 ft waves, and a near starvation diet. There is no doubt that the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is one of the toughest races on earth.

Olivia Bolesworth, 27, Bella Collins, 23, Lauren Morton, 26, and Georgina Purdy, also 23, are Row Like a Girl (RLAG), who – having beaten 24 teams to come second in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – became the youngest and fastest all-woman crew to row the Atlantic unaided.
The reality is 40 days without setting foot on land, alternating sleep and rowing in two-hour blocks, enduring waves the size of houses, too many bum sores to count, a plastic bucket for a loo and fixing all problems on the boat themselves, knowing any emergency help is two or three days awayThe girls rowed over 3,000 miles from La Gomera to Antigua in 40 days, eight hours and 26 minutes. 
Low points weren’t too thin on the ground either: Morton and Purdy in particular had to cope with crippling seasickness for the first few days. The girls also had to row through the night, powering through strong side-on waves that during the day they could prepare for, but in the darkness were invisible, making the boat very vulnerable. And then you have the everyday practicalities of four adults on a boat measuring 7.5m by 1.8m, Freeze dried food, limited rations and that bucket.

 

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