Despite a 24 hour delay due to high winds, Andrew Brown’s Row The Atlantic Challenge started at 12:30 GMT yesterday when 17 teams set off on their epic voyage.
So far Andrew has raised £105,000 with support from the Toy Industry.
Since 1997 this ocean-rowing race has attracted the brave and the intrepid to pit themselves against the elements and race the 2,900 miles from La Gomera, Tenerife, to Port St Charles, Barbados.
More people have been into space than have rowed the Atlantic, and it is rightly considered as one of the toughest challenges on the planet.
You can follow race updates on the link below – Andrew’s boat is called JJ in the list on this website
In 1966 Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway performed their legendary open-boat row across the Atlantic Ocean in English Rose III. The trip took 92 days and it laid the foundation fOR of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge of 2011.
Rowers have to cope with blisters, salt rashes, sleep deprivation and rowing in two-hour shifts around the clock for weeks on end.
Boats are seven meters long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing.