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OB Calum Barclay on Atlantic Rowing Challenge

Calum Barclay (OB'89) is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020, a 3000 mile rowing race across the Atlantic.

23 Nov 2020
Written by Calum Barclay
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Calum Barclay is taking part in theTalisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020
Calum Barclay is taking part in theTalisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020

A world-famous race like no other

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge was founded by Sir Chay Blyth in 1997 and is described as a rowing race like no other - starting in December and rowing 3,000 miles from the Canary Islands to Antigua using muscle power alone. The rowers endure 30ft waves, 1,000 miles from shore in the dead of night, sore and blistered, hungry and suffering sleep deprivation - more people have climbed Everest than rowed an ocean!

Being self-sufficient on a 28-foot rowing boat for 35-40 days, continually rowing with a punishing shift pattern of 2-hours on 2-hours off, leads to extreme mental and physical exhaustion; teamwork is essential. Pitting themselves against some of the toughest conditions imaginable, the rowers are exposed to a phenomenal physical and mental challenge as they rely on their own strength, and that of their team-mates, to work together to deliver success.

Making a huge impact

Calum's team - HPF Atlantic - is focused on helping the Human Practice Foundation to builds schools in Nepal. HPF helps students living in extreme poverty to achieve better life outcomes through education and personal development.  As the charity says, its work builds the confidence of children and empowers them to believe in themselves and shape their destiny.

HPF Atlantic aims to raise US $300k ($100 for every mile rowed) to build four schools in a very poor region of Nepal, which will help educate 1,380 children every year. As the team is self-funding the race costs, 100% of all funds raised will go towards these projects.

How you can help?

Calum and the team are due to start the race on 12th December and you can follow them on Instagram and Facebook #hpfatlantic. You can help Calum and the team, please visit his website https://www.hpfatlantic.co.uk/ which gives full details of the team, their aims and how to get in touch.

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