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Tracking the World-Record Breaking Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2020

Updated: May 19, 2023

A rowing boat taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge
Photo credit - Atlantic Campaigns/Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world's toughest row! Teams of three, four, pairs or solo rowers set off from the Canary Islands towards the Caribbean and take on the challenge of the Atlantic Ocean.

YB Tracking is proud to provide tracking and emergency communication services for this event, and the 2020 challenge was particularly note-worthy!

A remarkable new world record was achieved as Mark Slats and Kai Weidmer, known as Row4Cancer, arrived in Antigua. They had become the fastest pair in history to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. The arduous challenge was conquered by the duo in a remarkable time of just 32 days, 22 hours, and 13 minutes.

Their awe-inspiring display of endurance, resilience, and unwavering determination earned them the prestigious Skye Trophy from Talisker, a highly coveted accolade among champions.

Meanwhile, in the Race Class, the quad team named 'On Shoulders of Giants' was steadily approaching the finish line, maintaining their lead over the second-place team, Latitude 35. The competition remained fierce, with numerous champion titles still up for grabs.

As some teams drew closer to completing their monumental Atlantic crossing, others were faced with over 1,500 nautical miles yet to row. Throughout their challenging journey, YB Tracking remained with them every stroke of the way, providing unwavering support and monitoring their progress.

To find out more, head over to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge website:


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