The Ocean Row Team

Simon Lemon
Steve Dredge
Matt Inglesby

12th December 2022 – 10th February 2023

The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the premier event in ocean rowing. This incredible challenge took Simon, Steve, and Matt 60 days 4 hours and 7 minutes to complete. They rowed across more than 3000 Miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW).

The annual race began in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. The race structure brings together an environment where teams from across the globe gather in the race village San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands. The atmosphere was electric as people helped each other prepare for the challenge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. All with the same objective – to take on the unique experience of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat.

SC14 boat – ‘No Great Shakes

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge bought together teams from all walks of life united by the same objective: to take on the unique challenge of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat. The Teams battled with sleep deprivation, salt sores, and physical extremes inflicted by the race. Rowers are left with their own thoughts, an expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side.

Photos captured by @atlanticcampaigns

The race offered a different experience to all involved. The challenge created strong friendships and competitiveness giving way to the camaraderie that is required to complete the challenge. Upon finishing, rowers joined a small community of friends that have shared the adventures of an ocean crossing. The mental and physical endurance will result in a life-changing achievement, that will never be forgotten.

Post-row interview with Simon, Steve and Matt

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Status Code 14 is an endurance challenge team consisting of serving and retired police officers, taking on a series of 5 extreme challenges across the globe, over 5 years.

All to support mental health in the UK Police force.