Media release: Courageous Royal Navy team embark on Atlantic row challenge

HMS Oardacious TWAC race Start

FOUR British submariners began their 3,000-mile row across the Atlantic today, as they powered across the start line in La Gomera.

HMS Oardacious are among the 35 teams to take on what must be the ‘world’s toughest row’, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

The race is set to take between 20-40 days, with teams venturing in an unsupported row from La Gomera to Antigua.

The four Royal Navy submariners, who make up HMS Oardacious, aim to be the first team to cross the finish line, and to raise over £100,000 for the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

The team is made up of Lieutenant Hugo Mitchell-Heggs from Sheffield, Lieutenant Callum Fraser from Basingstoke, Petty Officer Dylan Woods from Northern Ireland and Leading Engineer Technician Matt Harvey from Kirkaldy.

Scottish member of the team, Matt Harvey, said: “Our culture as submariners seems like the perfect preparation for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, whether it is knowing everything there is to know about our boat, looking out for our team mates, managing watch systems, all while contending with sleep deprivation and dealing with the emotions of leaving our loved ones.”

The team are expected to tackle 20ft-waves on their journey, rowing for two hours, and sleeping for two hours, 24 hours a day – losing an average of 12kg.

Grandmother of Dylan, Sylvia Wood, was there among the spectators and stated: “We are so so proud of the boys, they are a great team and I have been told to prepare their bangers and mash on their return.”

Another race spectator said: “Wow, those Royal Navy boys look tough.”

To support the boys in their courageous venture, text ‘NAVY OAR’ to 70500 to donate £5 to the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity.

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