The race is based on the historic crossing of the atlantic by Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway in 1966. It took them 92 days to complete their voyage.
While rowing, they battled 50 foot waves, avoiding whales and sharks, and surviving on a near starvation diet. It is probably not surprising therefore that more people have been into space or climbed Mount Everest than have ever rowed across the Atlantic.
This historic row, along with years of development in technology, has spawned an incredible challenge; the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, a 3000 mile, self-supported race across the Atlantic.
The starting point is San Sebastian de la Gomera in the Canaries and the target is English Harbour, Antigua.
I will start the race alongside a number of other fours, pairs and solo boats looking to complete the challenge. However, within hours of the starting horn, I will be separated from all human contact for several months.