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HMS Oardacious Completes 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge sees competitors row 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

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A team of serving Royal Navy Submariners have completed the world's toughest rowing challenge.

Competing team HMS Oardacious has finished the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on Saturday at 18:23 GMT, after a 3,000-mile (4,828km) row from the Canary Islands to Antigua.

The team took  37 days, 6 hours and 40 minutes to complete the row, reaching the finish line in sixth position.

The four-man team has raised funds for two charities working closely with the military, the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and the Greenwich Hospital.

Both charities operate to ensure a world in which sailors, marines, veterans and their families are valued and supported for life.

HMS Oardacious 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).

The First Sea Lord, Admiral Tony Radakin congratulated the team on social media, saying completing the row was "an amazing achievement".

Meet the team

Lieutenant Hugo Mitchell-Heggs joined the Royal Navy as an Officer after completing a Mechanical Engineering Masters at the University of Sheffield. After training and an intensive academic curriculum, he qualified as a Nuclear Reactor Supervisor, serving on Vanguard Class Submarines.

Lieutenant Callum Fraser joined the Royal Navy in 2012, he underwent a demanding training and qualification process at the end of which he was awarded his Dolphins onboard Vanguard Class Submarines. 

Petty Officer Dylan Woods has been in the Royal Navy for 10 years and works as a Marine Engineer on the Astute Class Submarines.

Leading Engineer Technician Matt Harvey joined the Royal Navy in 2013, attending HMS Raleigh. He gained his first taste of life as a submariner onboard Trafalgar Class Submarines. He has since moved to the Faslane area to join Astute Class Submarines.

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(Picture: Atlantic Campaigns/Ben Duffy).

Cover image: HMS Oardacious completed the Talisker Challenge 2019 on Saturday (Picture: Atlantic Campaigns/Ben Duffy).