Peter Robinson, George Biggar, Dicky Taylor and Stuart Watts have put their bodies, minds and souls to the ultimate test and completed one of the world's greatest physical challenges, rowing unaided for 3,000 miles across the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean. They not only won the race, broke the world record for a four-man team, but are also hoping they will have raised £150,000 for Spinal Research.
Inspiration for this epic challenge, that would push the limits of human endurance, came from team member Peter’s friend Ben Kende. A rising rugby star, he sustained a spinal cord injury while playing rugby, causing paralysis in his legs and leaving him with limited use of his arms.
Setting off from La Gomera in the Canaries on 14th of December 2017, The Four Oarsmen rowed across the world’s second largest ocean as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Relying solely on their own manpower and resolve, they were not allowed any outside assistance until they arrived on Antigua on the 13th January 2018.
With blistered hands and bottoms, they rowed the 3,000 miles in gruelling two-hours-on/two-hours-off shifts for 29 days, beating the world record by six days. They had to cope with fatigue, hallucinations and seasickness and a certain amount of homesickness having spent Christmas Day away from their families.
The Four Oarsmen have had support from Spinal Research Ambassador and show jumper Nick Skelton CBE and English rugby legend Will Greenwood MBE.
The intrepid adventurers managed to fit in other fundraising events prior to the race and have received an incredible amount of media coverage. All this has helped them smash their original £50,000 target and fulfil Pete’s aim to give hope to Ben and countless others in their quest for an improved quality of life.