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Army

First Official British Army Team Completes World's Toughest Row

Force Atlantic has completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019.

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The first official British Army team to compete in the Talisker Whisky Challenge has completed their row across the Atlantic.

The four-strong crew of Force Atlantic reached Antigua on 19 January at 00:53 GMT, after rowing for 37 days, 13 hours and 53 minutes.

They reached the finish line in ninth position after a 3,000-mile (4,828km) row from the Canary Islands.

The team has raised funds for ABF The Soldier's Charity, which gives a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army and their immediate families.

Force Atlantic left San Sebastian de la Gomera on 12 December and rowed unsupported across the Atlantic Ocean. 

More than 30 teams took part in the race. The overall winner was UK team Fortitude IV.

The race is considered the world's toughest row and puts the competitors to the test, both mentally and physically.

Each rower consumes an average of 10 litres of water and burns 5,000 calories per day, facing 40-foot waves, isolation and potential seasickness.

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(Picture: Atlantic Campaigns/Ben Duffy).

Meet the team

Lieutenant Colonel Rich Hall MBE is a serving Infantry officer with the Yorkshire Regiment and veteran of multiple tours of Iraq and Afghanistan. He is also the Commanding Officer of the Army Foundation College.

Captain Chris Hames has been in the Army for almost 30 years, 20 of which with the Royal Army Physical Training Corps.

Private Kian Helm is a recently graduated College Junior Soldier. Cap-badged to the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, he is the youngest member of the team and the third-youngest person ever to have rowed an ocean.

Captain Alex Walsh has always been passionate about sports and the Army has only fueled his desire for adventure. The Talisker Challenge has been his first transatlantic row.

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(Picture: Atlantic Campaigns/Ben Duffy).

Cover image: Force Atlantic completed the Talisker Challenge 2019 (Picture: Atlantic Campaigns/Ben Duffy).