The world's toughest row

  • in december 2023 we will row 3,000 Nautical miles (ca. 5,000 km) across the Atlantic Ocean in an open boat, braving the elements
  • We’ll battle 20 feet waves, marlin attacks (yes, really), sleep deprivation, blisters, sun stroke, sea sickness and our physical and mental limits
  • 2 hours rowing, 2 hours rest, 24 hours a day: a total of 1,5 million oar strokes
  • Each of us will lose about 12 kilos of body weight
  • More people have been into space and climbed Everest than have rowed across an ocean

Life on board

The first couple of days will be a complete shock to our system, despite intensive training. Realizing we’re in a small, open boat in a giant ocean, the shifts, seasickness, the lack of privacy and sleep deprivation will guarantee a sensory overload. Not to mention the freeze dried food!


The definition of misery is to be seasick, with no hope of escape. It’s almost impossible to know if we will suffer from seasickness, so we’ll keep our fingers crossed! The good news is that for 75% of people the seasickness will – eventually – pass.


Before we leave, we will have to gain weight, as we will lose about 12 kilos per person while rowing to Antigua. During the trip, we will have to eat 5000- 8000 calories a day.


Every rower will need 10 litres of drinking water a day. We will have an electric water maker installed, which converts salt water into drinking water. If it breaks down, we will have to pump water manually: this will take many hours a day!


On board for anything between 35 and 60 days,
the rhythm on board will consist of 2 hours rowing, 2 hours resting. The 2 hours of rest is used to eat, drink, sleep, wash, navigate and maintain the boat and its’ equipment. A sleep cycle of 90 ensures quality deep sleep and REM sleep, which will keep our spirits up.