The Guardsmen, Max Lawrence, William Botes, James Tate, and Roland Walker have completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 39-days (Picture: Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge).
The Guardsmen, Max Lawrence, William Botes, James Tate, and Roland Walker have completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 39 days (Picture: Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge).
Army

Soldiers complete the 3,000-mile 'world's toughest row' challenge despite losing three oars

The Guardsmen, Max Lawrence, William Botes, James Tate, and Roland Walker have completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 39-days (Picture: Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge).
The Guardsmen, Max Lawrence, William Botes, James Tate, and Roland Walker have completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 39 days (Picture: Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge).

A British military team that capsized in a rowing challenge across the Atlantic – and lost three of their oars – have completed the 3,000-mile race.

The Atlantic Guardsmen – made up of Max Lawrence, William Botes, James Tate, and Roland Walker – were one of two teams representing the British Armed Forces during the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

Known as the 'world's toughest row', the crew completed the challenge in 39 days, two hours and 59 minutes.

They accomplished their task despite losing or damaging three of their oars. 

The four members of the Scots Guards, who were rowing in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Falklands conflict, capsized on Boxing Day after being hit by a wave, but righted their boat and carried on.

On New Year's Day, the team crossed the 1,300 nautical mile point, along the 2,600 nautical mile line (equal to 3,000 normal miles) from La Gomera to Antigua.

The team eventually finished the challenge after 39 days of rowing.

The Guardsmen announced on social media: "The Atlantic Guardsmen have crossed the finish line in a time of 39 days, two hours and 59 minutes.

"Today on Friday 20th January, at 10:36 local Antigua time, Max Lawrence, William Botes, James Tate & Roland Walker completed #TWAC2022 – the World's Toughest Row."

Atlantic Campaigns wrote on social media: "Today marks 38 days since our 43 teams set off back on 12th December.

"Since then, 12 teams have crossed the finish line, 1 has been rescued and the remaining 29 teams are spread out across 1970NM of Atlantic Ocean."

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge extreme endurance event is an annual challenge that sees competitors row more than 3,000 miles, travelling west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, to Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour, in Antigua and Barbuda.

Military personnel and veterans are among the 43 teams who entered the race, which started on 12 December, also including HMS Oardacious, a team of Royal Navy submariners, who became become the fastest-ever military team to row the Atlantic challenge.