TWO teams from Ireland prepare to row across the Atlantic Ocean in the dead of winter to raise money for three charities including Rathdrum Cancer Support.

n December, both teams will undergo a huge test of endurance as they row the Atlantic Ocean unassisted. Among them are six men from Wicklow, Gearoid O’Briain, Diarmuid O’Briain, Shane Culleton, Dan Buckley, Tom Nolan and Derek McMullen.

James Bailey, Eugene Mohan, Frank Mohan are the other three brave enough to take on this challenge of courage and determination. The teams are made up of members of the Irish Air Corps, entrepreneurs and adventurers who take on the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Known as the ‘toughest line in the world’, it is one of the toughest and most demanding events held each year. The two Irish teams called themselves “Row Hard or go Home”.

The team how to complete the row between 35 and 40 days, which would see them towards the front of the race. The race will see the team cover over 3000 miles from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua and Barbuda.

Teams are currently training to be as prepared as possible for rowing more than 12 hours a day and the other obstacles they will face, such as exposure to sun and wind, dehydration, seasickness, harsh weather conditions. drastic weather, inability to consume enough calories. and worst of all mental challenges that will take a lot of stamina to overcome.

The team supports three charities, Rathdrum Cancer Council, the RNLI and Laura Lynn Children’s Hospice. They hope to raise much needed funds to ensure that these charities can continue their great work. A donation of €5,000 has been made to Rathdrum Cancer Support and future funds will be distributed to other charities.

The team has launched its sponsorship program and are delighted to welcome any act of support for the event. From the boat, to the safety equipment, to the food. Every donation will go a long way.

The team said: “We want to speak to sponsors who believe in dreaming big and supporting average people making a difference in the world.”

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