Talisker Whisky – Atlantic Challenge We are proud to announce that Andrew Abrahams from Adventure4aCure has completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 57 days, 17 hours, 54 minutes and 20 seconds, finishing 7th overall ahead of 5 other teams. Andrew is the only solo rower to have completed the gruelling 3000 mile row from La Gomera to Antigua and the second Australian to have ever made the crossing.
“I’m ecstatic to have completed this epic journey. It was exceptionally difficult to be alone out there at times and to reach Antigua feels unreal – you gotta wanna!” Andrew Abrahams.
Andrew, from Queensland, embarked on the crossing to raise money for the Lions Club of Rochedale Springwood and Couee Community. A patriotic Aussie, he celebrated Australia Day on the water by fishing and caught a 5ft Dolphin fish, which got away to his dismay. Andrew also celebrated his birthday at sea. He battled against 40ft waves, one of which capsized his boat; in the struggle to get back on board, he gashed his shin on the rudder, an injury he had to carefully nurse for the remainder of the journey to avoid infection. Andrew also suffered technical problems on board, including a broken autohelm, which meant he had to hand steer the boat.
Andrew Abrahams has achieved the extraordinary in completing Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. He has shown incredible physical strength and fortitude since day one and we would like to congratulate him on this tremendous personal achievement on behalf of the race organisers and everyone at Talisker.”
Talisker Whisky race tracker has just recorded Andrew crossing the finish line.
On behalf of Andrew, he would like to thank all of his sponsors, family, friends and supporters who have made this Adventure possible and in doing so helping many young Australian kids in need.
Please keep following Andrew’s adventure, the Home Team are looking forward to post new photos and video as they arrive.
Congratulations Andrew from the Home Team
Day 56 Wednesday 29th Jan 2014
Position: 17 01.246 N 59 56.004 W
Distance traveled: 46 nm
Weather – Wind: 20 to 25 kts E NE Sea: 0.5 Swell: 2 to 3m E NE
Current: – Cloud cover: 30% Rain: a little bit this morning.
Batteries: 33% 100% (0% = 50% with this type of battery.
Water Onboard: 20L
Water Maker: working well. Today will be the last time I need to make water (all going well) yahoo !!!!
Food: All good / feel Great!
Health: finger joints a bit sore, legs and bum muscles are starting to be sore. I have no fat on me!
Sleep in last 24h: Total 6h (2h rest)
Traffic: more and more ships are being sighted as I get closer to land.
Passage plan: Get to Antigua!
Under 100nm to go!!!!!!! You Gotta Wanna!
Great to hear the other teams are home and can’t wait to it to be my turn to row across the finish line for my charities and Australia!
At this point I think it should be Friday morning after some 58 long days at sea. I am still craving a lemonade ice bock and friends and family.
The last few days I have had a good chance to think about all the people that have got me here and all the great sponsors that have backed me. How do I say thank you?
I think the best way will be when they see all the smiling faces of the children they have helped by allowing me to raise the profile and money for their charities. I really do hope all my effort and the efforts of the other crew in this event get the chance to make a difference to their lives.
Two more days at sea and I will be alongside, bring it on!
My Mum and Dad have traveled half way around the world from Australia to meet me at the finish line and I can’t wait to get there. I could have never done it with out your love & support, Thank You.
When you think about things that have been taken or stolen from you, you get angry and upset. But what if at the age of only 5 your life was threatened by a dreaded disease to which there was no cure. What then? I am constantly reminded of the pain and suffering that the children and their families go through when cancer has struck a family member, so I use that energy to help me find a way to help. Now when things get tough, as I prepare myself for the ultimate test of strength and endurance, I say to myself with a smile on my face, “I’m rowing the Atlantic”. Knowing that every stroke counts towards finding that cure and helping ease the pain and suffering of so many kids, makes it all seem like such a small achievement. How they can endure something which they cannot comprehend is far beyond me. We simply have to find a cure. Andrew Abrahams
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – 2013
This year I face a challenge – rowing the Atlantic…but really that is nothing in comparison to the survival others face. Every year children all around the world suffer in hospitals from dreaded diseases, car accidents, and misfortune. The pain, the suffering and parental anguish is happening every day. Their challenge is generally for life; my challenge is just to row across the Atlantic Ocean to help. My name is Andrew Abrahams, and I am competing in a rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean to raise much needed funds to help kids enjoy the wonderfull advantages of life today! I am no special athlete or finely tuned military person. I am an average person that has a burning passion to help others. I know you can make a difference in the world if you are willing to try!! The Challenge
- The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge commences December 2, 2013
- Australia’s World Record Holder Andrew Abrahams aims to row 3,000 nautical miles (or 5,000 kms) from San Sebastian, De La Gomera across an unforgiving ocean to English Harbour, Antigua.
- The race usually takes a team of rowers anywhere from 60-100 days. Andrew aims to complete the race in a world record 46 days SOLO.
- This race is considered one of the world’s toughest nautical challenges and is the ultimate test in mental and physical endurance.
- The Challenge is also considered one of the last great adventures. More people have stood at the top of Mount Everest than rowed in this race.
- Around 17 teams from across the globe are in gruelling training for the race and
- Andrew is only the second Australian to attempt this race solo since its start 1997
- Boats are 7.2 metres long and two metres wide with only a small cabin for protection from the elements. No sails or motors are permitted.
- No repairs, help or food/water is provided for rowers during the race – they all must be self sufficient
- Rowers will battle 30 – 50 ft waves, weather including huge storms and heat, constant physical and mental fatigue, wildlife including sharks and whales, sleep deprivation and salt sores
- The registration fee which Andrew has paid completely covers the fee if the worst should happen and a rescue operation is required. Not reliant on tax payers to come and rescue. All backup and support is covered.
- Andrew hopes to raise $500 000 for Disadvantaged Children in the Community and break the world record by completing the race in just 46 days