William Dyer Electrical UK Ltd are proud and honoured to sponsor Row for Heroes and The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Our brave armed forces make the sacrifices and undertake unselfish acts of bravery that keep our nation safe and we are delighted to sponsor Derek Spence, John Ford, John Adams and Colin Corfield as they raise vital funds for The Scots Guards Charity.
Departing at the beginning of December, The Atlantic Guardsman crew will be rowing more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world’s second largest ocean as part of the 2019 TWAC. Once they leave the shores of La Gomera the elements, ungodly sleep patterns and stormy seas will slowly break them down both physically and mentally. Relying solely on their own manpower, routing and interpretation of the weather conditions they will not be allowed any outside assistance until they get a helping hand off the boat on arrival at English Harbour, Antigua.
TWO HOURS ON – TWO HOURS OFF
The team will adopt a pattern of rowing for 2 hours, sleeping for 2 hours for the duration of the challenge. Sub-zero temperatures at night followed by 40-degree heat during the day makes for gruelling conditions. On top of this, 40ft waves and cramped sleeping quarters will make catching forty winks difficult at the best of times.
BURNING 12,000 CALORIES PER DAY
Sea water from the ocean will be processed through a solar powered desalination unit (water maker) producing approx. 6 gallons of water per day for cooking and hydration. Dried ration packs and any form of protein that can be caught from the ocean will fuel the engines; all necessary food, cooking gas, medical kit, and safety equipment for the entire crossing will need to be on-board from the moment we set off.
A TIGHT FIT! 7 METRES OF HUMAN IN A 9 METRE BOAT
The team will share the 9-metre Rannoch-made R45 boat for around forty days. Living conditions will be unbelievably cramped and uncomfortable and maintaining good sanitary conditions and housekeeping practises on the boat will be an essential key to success, but more importantly survival.