Image above: Louise Cox, Robyn Hart-Winks and Jordan Cole-Hossain pose with their boat; Planned route of the ‘world’s toughest row’
Trio of women rowers to attempt Atlantic crossing to fundraise for charity
Robyn Hart-Winks, a primary school teacher at Grove Park Primary School, and her team, The Tidewaves, is gearing up for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2023, often dubbed “The World’s Toughest Row.”
The race spans the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean, a gruelling test of endurance for those who take the challenge. The trio, who initially rowed together at the University of London Boat Club, hope to raise funds, offer support, and raise awareness for Access Sport and London Youth Rowing.
With experience in competitive rowing, The Tidewaves are ready for training, though the ocean crossing ahead is unparalleled. They are aiming to be the fastest female trio to race across the Atlantic in 2023 when the race takes place in December.
Images above: (L to R) Louise Cox, Robyn Hart-Winks, Jordan Cole-Hossain
‘Huge waves, hallucinations, severe dehydration and hunger’
Robyn told The Chiswick Calendar:
“During our challenge, we will be at sea for approximately two months, encountering 40ft waves, hallucinations, severe dehydration and hunger, as we row 3,000miles across the ocean from La Gomera to Antigua, unsupported.”
While making the crossing would be a significant personal milestone for the trio, Robyn and her team are also hoping to use the publicity and money raised to help facilitate positive change for young people through Access Sport and London Youth Rowing.
“We firmly believe in the power of sport and that all children should have access to the opportunities and life skills to be gained from being involved in sport at any level.”
A significant aspect of their campaign is the newly launched 250 Club, inviting small businesses and individuals to contribute between £250 and £1,000 in exchange for representation on the team’s boat.
Stay updated on their journey and lend support through their website, the-tidewaves.com.