It’s been a while since Boatbookings have written about Jamie and Luke, two intrepid young men who are currently crossing the Atlantic as team 2 Boys In A Boat. Armed with nothing but dehydrated food and a rowing boat, they are set to become the youngest pair ever to complete the crossing! The boys have been rowing continuously in 2 hour windows, for 12 hours through the day and night, come rain or shine. They have faced a mountain of setbacks – including a few injuries too gruesome to mention – not to mention waves that could easily have been casted as extras in ‘The Perfect Storm”. They are now just 55 nautical miles from Antigua – the finish line of the Talisker Whisky Challenge – the world’s hardest rowing competition which in 2006 saw Olympic rowing champions Ben Fogle and James Cracknell finish in 2nd place. During the event, no outside support is allowed and no extra supplies such as food and water are given to the teams. In an interview with the BBC, Luke said, “The days have all just blurred into one. I haven’t sat down with my knees below my hips and I haven’t eaten a meal with a knife and fork. It is uncomfortable a lot of the time but being so close to finish we don’t really care” They’ve raised over £185000 for Breast Cancer Care – well above their £150000 target – we wish them the best of luck for the final push! Do you fancy visiting Antigua yourself without the hardship of 2 Boys In A Boat? Contact us here at Boatbookings or submit an enquiry form to find a luxury yacht charter suitable for you!
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British University Students Attempt to Cross the Atlantic
A few weeks ago, we posted this article about British university students Jamie Sparks and Luke Birch, who, on a whim one day, decided that they would attempt to row the Atlantic. If successful, they will be the youngest duo ever to do so.
The boys have just set off from La Gomera and will face extreme conditions while pushing their bodies to their utmost physical limits throughout the 3000 mile trip to Antigua. It will take around 50 days of non-stop rowing in two hour shifts, day and night, burning around 10000 calories a day. They are living off dehydrated food made up with sea water, desalinated using solar power.
The 2 Boys in a Boat are aiming to go one step further than Ben Fogle and James Cracknell, who finished second place in the Tallisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 2005, and have almost raised their £100 000 target for Breast Cancer Care.
They are currently in 2nd place for the pairs after two days of rowing – you can track their progress here, check out a video of their preparation for the race here, or donate to their charitable cause here.
We wish them the best of luck here at boatbookings