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When we heard that a close business partner of ours was taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge we were in awe of his determination and extremely proud that himself and his team, the Dutch Atlantic Four had decided to row the Atlantic to raise funds and awareness for Precious Plastic and Kika. We instantly made a donation of 300 Euros to this amazing cause and cheered the Dutch Atlantic Four on.

Precious Plastic is a global community of people, all working towards a solution to stop plastic pollution. Knowledge, tools and techniques are shared online, for free, to try to help keep our oceans and environment protected from plastic pollution for generations to come!

The Challenge:

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge takes the teams more than 3000 Miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands, Spain to Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. The race is rowed annually, beginning in early December bringing up to 30 teams together from around the world. The mental and physical endurance required to complete this race results in a life-changing achievement that will never be forgotten.

Each member of the Dutch Atlantic Four had previously spent a great amount of time on the water participating in river adventures, but the race that they were about to embark on was to be their first experience of ocean rowing.
Participants burn around 8,000 calories a day and lose approximately 20% of their body weight over the duration of the race which usually lasts between 30 – 90 days.

A Winner:

It took the Dutch Atlantic Four, 34 days, 12 hours and 9 minutes to complete the physical and mental challenge of the 3000 mile row. Through tremendous determination and strength the Dutch Four went on to become not only the first ever Dutch team to win this testing race but also become the fastest team to ever complete it.

Marcel Ates (58), Erik Koning (51), Bart Adema (34) and David de Brukin (33) arrived in Antigua in the early evening to be greeted by a huge crowd of celebration. Although throughout the race they experienced kind weather with still seas, the Dutch Atlantic Four did not have it easy; having to battle for their position and keep it from the two UK teams also battling for first place!

Huge congratulations to the Dutch Atlantic Four!

Find out more about The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, here.

Find out more about Precious Plastic, here.

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