CHALLENGE THE STATUS QUO What lengths will people go to to help protect the oceans? Three office workers are attempting the world’s toughest row in order to challenge our use of everyday plastics
hat started out as a relaxed chat in the pub after an indoor climbing session soon became one of the most important and inspirational aspects of Jess Rego, Susan Ronaldson and Caroline Wilson’s lives. These three passionate friends are committed to crossing the Atlantic, taking part in The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. This is the premier event in ocean rowing where thirty crews from around the world compete to cross 3000 miles of ocean, powered only by their own strength and determination. They are facing this dangerous and challenging journey in order to raise awareness of the state of our seas, support the Marine Conservation Society and to inspire a new generation to push through their limitations. We took time to speak to Caroline to find out more about their incredible voyage.
June 2018 NMM
What do you most love about the ocean? There’s always a strange kind of calmness that you comes over you when you’re near the ocean. I think we’re all drawn to it in one way or another. Learning to scuba dive was like being given the keys to a secret world. The ocean holds so many secrets. I’m both in awe of it, and mindful of its power. You can’t tame it. It’s beautiful, it’s raging, it’s calm, it’s humbling. The race is in December. What are you doing to prepare for it? A lot! The amount of work that goes into getting us to the start line has been a bit of a surprise. On top of the physical training (which is seriously hard work!), we need to raise the funds to take part in the race. On top of this, we’re working hard to raise awareness of plastic pollution,
funds for the Marine Conservation Society and hold down full time jobs! It’s pretty full on. During the challenge, you’ll only be able to sleep for an hour and a half at a time. How do you prepare your body for something like that? This is actually the thing I’m least looking forward to! I’m a big fan of sleeping so the idea of extreme sleep deprivation is less than appealing. That said, the human body, we’re told, is incredibly adaptable to new routines so we shouldn’t worry too much and get all the sleep we can, whilst we can! We’ve been assured that after a couple of weeks we should start to settle into our new, simpler, lives at sea. Row, eat, sleep, repeat! Aside from your water maker, navigation and communication