Team Atlantic Row

Harken sponsor Team Atlantic Challenge in the world’s toughest rowing race; the Talisker Whisky Challenge


Harken are pleased to announce sponsorship of Dan Parsons and Olly Clark (Team Atlantic Challenge) in the 2015-16 edition of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge!

What is the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge?

Dubbed as the world's toughest rowing race, the Talisker Whisky Challenge will see Dan and Olly row more than 3,000 nautical miles across the world's largest ocean, starting in La Gomera in the Canary Islands this December and finishing in Antigua. Team Atlantic Challenge will face extreme weather, salt rashes, blisters, sun stroke and sleep deprivation; not to mention the physical and mental challenges of rowing a relentless shift pattern of two hours on and two hours off, with down time used to carry out essential repairs, make food and gain vital sleep.  

Why are Harken sponsoring Team Atlantic Challenge?

Harken will be providing Dan and Olly with McLube Antifoul Alternative. This biodegradable high-gloss polish inhibits marine growth below the waterline and will help keep the teams' hull fast and clean for weeks at a time.

An essential part of any ocean race is taking care of your eyes; as such the team will have UV protection and amazing clarity through the provision of Harken sunglasses.

Stay waterproof! Harken's roll-top wet/dry bags will be used by the team to protect essential gear from rain, sea spray and submersion, keeping important documents, clothing and equipment dry.

"This is an excellent opportunity for us to show what McLube can really do! McLube is used on RIB's and dinghies as well as some of the most impressive racing yachts in the world. McLube antifoul alternative will be excellent at keeping the guys boat running smoothly through the water! 

Dan and Olly are taking on an admirable challenge of a lifetime. Pushing yourself to the limit and taking on new challenges is close to the heart of every sailor and we are delighted to support Team Atlantic Challenge in this daring feat of human perseverance. Good luck guys!" Hannah Cotterell, Marketing and Sponsorship, Harken UK.

Dan commented, "We are delighted to have Harken supporting us and look forward to benefiting from McLube Antifoul Alternative in our record breaking attempt across the Atlantic. As we will be travelling at relatively slow speeds, every gram of weight we can save and the more efficient we can make our hull, the greater the chance is of achieving our goal and winning the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Having used Harken components and McLube products over the years whilst racing dinghies and sportsboats, I'm hoping to apply the same winning formula to ocean rowing."

Raising money for charity

Team Atlantic Challenge is racing to raise money and awareness for their two charities, Prostate Cancer UK and ABF, The Soldiers' Charity, with a target of £250,000. To raise this money Dan and Olly plan to break the record for the fastest paired boat to cross the Atlantic.

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