THE CHALLENGE

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THE TALISKER WHISKY
ATLANTIC CHALLENGE

Four ‘Oar-dinary’ boys from Bucks are taking on the World renowned Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge: The World’s Toughest Row. Rowing 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean, the experience promises to be the challenge of a lifetime,  testing them physically, mentally and emotionally. The Buoys are determined to succeed through extreme weather and punishing conditions – and aim to do so in under 38 days. Setting off from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, the Buoys will have to navigate the vast and wild Atlantic Ocean to the finish line in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda.

THE GOAL

There are always records to be broken. With no rowing experience behind them, and being a more ‘senior’ team than many other entrants, the Buoys are setting themselves the huge task of completing the challenge in under 38 days, to beat the current ‘fastest four in a pure boat to cross the Atlantic’ record, set by the Atlantic 4 in the 2017 event.

They also aim to be the oldest 4 to complete the challenge, with a combined age of 233 at the race start – and 234 by the end of the race, with Trev’s birthday falling on 1st January!

Finally and crucially, the Buoys hope to raise over £200,000 in sponsorship and donations so that the campaign costs are recouped and their chosen charities receive maximum benefit from the campaign.

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THE BUOYS

Paul "Frankie" Smith

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Kevin Luff

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Nic Parslow

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Trevor Cooper

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