two rowers, 3000 nautical miles, one boat & 4 oars

The Challenge Countdown


The Charity

We are doing this to help raise funds for Rowcroft Hospice

We’re committed. Committed to helping our patients and families make the most of every moment. From Dartmouth to Dawlish, our teams provide comfort, support and a range of specialist services to care for 2,200 patients with life limiting illnesses every year across South Devon. Our care is provided at home, in the community and at our Inpatient Unit in Torquay. We’re committed to supporting families and carers for as long as they need us.

More than 70% of our funding comes from the incredible generosity of local people and we use every single penny of it to help make every day the best day possible for our patients and their loved ones.

Do keep in touch and if there is anything I can do to help, just call or email.

the rowers

The team is called Fresh Dental Challenge Atlantic, comprised of two dentists who are part of Fresh Dental Healthcare, in Dartmouth, in the Southwest of England. Read me about them here.
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Justin Marney

No stranger to endurance events and competition, he has taken part in and completed multiple races and challenges between 1984 to present day. Read More
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Azud Irshad

An active person by nature, Azud dedicates his entire day to work and fitness. He trains in the gym and runs every day, and his diet remains clean and disciplined all year round. Read More


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The first guys are in. A team of four that have created a new race and world record! ... See MoreSee Less

We have a Winner! We are happy to announce that tonight at 21:33 (local time UTC-4 hours) Team Latitude 35 Racing, Jason Caldwell, Matthew Brown, Angus Collins & Alex Simpson crossed the Finish Line of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2016 setting both a Race and World Record!! 35 DAYS, 14 HOURS & 3 MINUTES CONGRATULATIONS! Photo credit: Ben Duffy #twac2016 #talisker #3000miles #oceanrowing #madebythesea

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Sam is kindly sharing some extracts from Justin's emails over the last week - some Highs and Lows:

Been battered by some strong Northerly winds with a big swell, but had some nice early morning rows with beautiful sunrises. Been thinking about BLT's from the Guardhouse cafe but trying to stop the thoughts-feeling quite nauseous/weird when thinking of the freeze dried meals, struggling to keep my calories up.

Getting toothache from time to time-not great when miles from tools (except crude ones..)

Had a problem with the collar of the oar which we've had to fix.

We had a whale give us an amazing show for ten minutes swimming around the boat and then surfacing high into the air.

Some fantastic night rows with full moon and lovely sunsets, makes me appreciate how lucky I am to have such an opportunity.

Felt terrible last Thursday night thought it was my sinuses but realised I had not really eaten enough, too low on calories trying to get more down. Most unlike me to be off my food..

Just spent two hours in the most wild rain/thunder storm to match anything i've ever been in before. Sun now out..
Then the storm came back EVEN worse had a terrible shift 10-1230 at night. Rain biblical and the boat heeled right over, struggled to control the oars or anything else for that matter, lightning was everywhere, hitting the water. Now recovering...
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A brilliant update received from Justin:

At midday day we passed ‘our’ halfway point that we had of 1335 nm to go. We decided to celebrate with a swim mid Atlantic. The sea was calm and conditions perfect for a dip. Azud jumped in attached to the boat and thrashed around for 10 minutes. It was amazingly brave considering he really can’t swim. He was full of adrenalin and grinning all over when he got out. I enjoyed the chance to just dive off and feel the freedom from the boat for a bit, I swam down underneath the boat and around it. It was amazing to think how deep it is in these crystal clear waters. I reckon its a swim we’ll never forget again. The weather has now changed in our favour and theres a nice following breeze with associated seas, so heres hoping we can make up some lost ground of the last day or 2. its been hard to be rowing so much for such little return. In addition to this we had ANOTHER near miss last night. A huge oil tanker took avoiding action and passed across our stern at about 3am GMT. He was if anything closer than the one the other day. I was asleep but was woken by its engines as it passed so close and Azud seemed quite cool about it because the ship had flashed him as it approached and saw our lights. Can’t believe how close we’ve come twice!

Too much excitement out at sea, going to haver an afternoon nap

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