Team Essence - Eat. Sleep. Row. Repeat Breaking the world record

Team Essence, a group of 5 adventurers, set off in early February, and battled against extreme weather, sleep deprivation and even sharks as they set to cross the Atlantic Ocean.

Against all odds, they've completed their 3,807 mile journey and have broken the world record.

The inspirational team hope to raise £250,000 for our work, and need your support to reach their target.

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Team Essence's dispatches

Today, the 5 friends have reached halfway across the Atlantic Ocean.

They've reported giant waves, shark sitings and have capsized twice, but against all odds they're continuing their quest in good spirits.

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The colossal distance we have to cover is starting to look achievable. We are almost half way! This has crept up on us, and is welcome news. We now point almost directly at our end destination, every stroke, every meter rowed is in exactly the right direction now and this is a big morale boost for myself. Having connection to the outside world is a blessing and a curse, trying to half run a business from the middle of a chaotic ocean in a tiny boat when exhausted is a foolish excercise, I'm not very good at letting go...

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Team Essence captain Matt Bennett explains why his team are rowing across the Atlantic for our charity and gives a heartwarming message to everyone helping keep children safe.

Team essence with boatArrived at lagos, Friday at 5am. The boat suffered some minor damage on the side of the hull in haulage so we took the boat to the boatyard who kindly said we could use their secure yard as a camp and made a space for us to unpack and sort through our supplies and equipment.

On Saturday we unpacked 1748 meals from the boat and indexed them four times to be 100% certain on rations and % of wet / dry and type of meals and kcal available. On Sunday we continued the process including supplements and medical supplies and allocated specific amounts per man. On Monday we ran through our checklists and went to portimao to get supplies from decathlon and sports direct and a local DIY warehouse.

Today we launch the boat now the hull has been repaired and we will be on the water for a minimum of five hours, testing systems, calibrating oar and seat settings, changeovers and working with our challenge so strategist, our weather and route strategist and Inmarsat rep who is testing our satellite connectivity.

"This challenge tests the very limits of human endurance and what we're capable of! We’re driven to break the world record and to raise as much as we can for the NSPCC so they can help protect children across the UK."
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Meet the rowers

Team Essence doing pull ups

  • (From left to right) Jason Fox
  • Mathew Bennett
  • Aldo Kane
  • Oliver Bailey
  • Ross Johnson

The challenge

More people have been into space or climbed Everest than have rowed from Europe to South America. It's no wonder the Atlantic row is known as one of the world's toughest challenges.

Team Essence aren't just taking on the epic challenge. They aim to smash the current world record for a continent to continent crossing. 

Starting from Portugal and finishing in Venezuela, they'll be taking a route that differs considerably from other Atlantic crossings.

Current Atlantic crossing record: 52 days 

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Help them reach their target of £250k by donating to their Virgin Money Giving page.

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Ready. Set. Go

Keep up to date with the team's progress as they set off on their mission to raise money for our work.

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