In December 2015, Matteo Perucchini faced the biggest challenge of his life: he rowed solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He did not only compete with himself and the seas, but also against other courageous athletes who took part in the 2015 Talisker Atlantic Challenge. Crews rowed more than 3,000 nautical miles, heading west from La Gomera (Canary Isles) to Antigua (The Caribbean). Alone, completely unassisted, 100% self-sufficient and in a boat powered by nothing more than his desire to succeed, Matteo completed the crossing in 52 days, winning the solo category and setting a new race record.

The physical and mental challenge was extreme and Matteo had to row up to 20 hours a day to achieve his goal. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, seasickness, sharks, 40ft waves, extreme sleep deprivation, and complete isolation.

Think about being alone at night, in complete darkness, fighting hurricane force winds over 1000 miles from the closest land mass. The Atlantic Challenge is the No.1 Ocean Endurance Race and it is considered by many as one of the toughest endurance events on the planet.

It’s no surprise then that more people have been into space and more people climb Everest each year than have successfully rowed solo across an ocean.

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