How did you come up with the idea?
Benjamin watched a video on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 3.5 years ago and decided to assemble a team together to do this. Isaac was asked by Benjamin over a Facebook message and Isaac said yes without any knowledge of the race or rowing in general… talk about crazy!!!
What kind of training do you do to prepare?
We will row for 2 hours on and 2 hours off (practice rowing, gym training and core workouts to assist with the rowing is important). We need to put on 20% body weight in the form of muscle or fat before the row begins in order to burn during our row as we are at a net deficit of 1000-2000 kcal per day. We are four people in limited space, facing extreme temperatures, waves 8 times higher than the boat, and ailments which include constant exhaustion, blistering, salt sores, exposure, sunstroke, cramp, severe muscle fatigue and constipation. The challenge of routing and interpretation of weather is constant. Atlantic Discovery is very fortunate to be assisted on the crossing via satellite phone by Leven Brown, one of the most experienced ocean rowing skippers in the world. We will have to dig deep for courage at times to mentally override our instinct for survival. Each crew member’s character and mindset will be hugely tested as it is essential to remain positive and goal orientated despite the hardships faced every day, doing even the simplest things.
What are the key skills you need?
Knowledge (sea survival crisis operation, First aid at sea, essential navigation and seamanship) Know how to row, how to fix everything on the boat (water maker, solar panels, VHF radio, satellite phone, chartplotter)
What countries are you gonna visit during the race?
La Gomera , Islas Canaries, Spain is the starting point of the race and the finish is Antigua in the Carribean.
Why supporting MS?
“My mum Rose has lived with MS for 18 years. Every day is a frustrating struggle, yet she overcomes her symptoms with sheer determination and grit. She has taught me that one grows as a person by overcoming adversity. Atlantic Discovery has chosen to row for Rose (#row4rose), hopefully raising awareness of MS which affects 2.5m people worldwide, and supporting the charities’ work. Our total fundraising target is £60K which we hope will make a difference.” Ben Ajayi-Obe
How are you gonna eat and sleep during the race?
2 hours on, 2 hours off – in alternating teams of two, we row for two hours and break for two hours to eat, sleep, and manage maintenance and repairs on the boat, keeping up this cycle for at least a month, possibly up to two.
How do you navigate in the dark?
Using GPS chartplotter and an autohelm which we plug in coordinates to move our rudder into the correct course. Technology is heavily relied upon at night however the moon is so bright that it generally illuminates the sea.
Where can we follow you?
You can follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and via our website www.atlanticdiscovery.co.uk. We will have a tracking wiget on our website that shows the race.