And she’s off! Kelda’s solo Atlantic crossing

And she’s off! Kelda’s solo Atlantic crossing

Kelda Wood has set sail on her mammoth charity challenge to row single-handedly across the Atlantic. She has launched her boat, Stormy Petrel, from the Canary Islands as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – and we will be following her epic journey all the way.

We are proud to be one of the sponsors of Kelda’s Row to Raise challenge which has the goal of inspiring young adults facing physical and mental trauma and raise £50,000 for her charity Climbing Out.

It’s called the World’s Toughest Row and just to highlight how tough it is we thought we would give you a few facts about the challenge ahead, listed on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge website – which is also where you can access the live tracker and see how the challengers are doing!

  • More people have climbed Everest than have rowed an ocean
  • Competitors will face up to 20ft waves during the trip
  • Rowers need to drink 10 litres of water each day
  • Each rower is expected to burn 5,000 calories per day
  • Rowers are likely to lose an average of 12kg during the voyage
  • Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes on the trip

It really is a daunting prospect and we have nothing but admiration for all those taking part. It’s not the first time Kelda has put her body on the line to raise money for her Climbing Out charity but this 3,000-mile endurance marathon is mind-blowing to the majority of us.

During the trip Kelda will be rowing each day for a different young person, sharing their stories and links to relevant charities and organisations that provide support on Facebook and Twitter.

It’s an amazing effort and we couldn’t be more proud to be a part of it. We send Kelda and all of those taking part our best wishes and hopes for a trouble-free voyage.

For more about Row to Raise, visit and for more information about Kelda’s Climbing Out charity, visit

You can donate on her Just Giving page and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.