On 12 December 2019, three childhood best friends, Lewis Matthews, Charlie Medwin and Chris Slack will set sail on a journey of a lifetime. Rowing under the banner of ‘All Oar Nothing’, they will be attempting to cross the Atlantic unassisted from La Gomera to Antigua as a part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Not only are these three friends competing against 35 other teams in the world’s second largest ocean, they also aim to break the world record and finish the row in under 42 days. Right To Play is one of four chosen charities that will benefit from money raised as part of this epic challenge.

“Sport has provided us all with enormous rewards and has helped us develop key life skills. We understand the importance of sport in building life-long friendships and essential skills. We chose Right To Play as its values resonate deeply with us,” says Chris Slack.

The team who all hail from Devon, southwest England now live all over the world - in three different countries: Australia, England and Singapore. Rowing across the Atlantic is going to push these friends to their physical and mental limits. While rowing, they intend to take shifts, two hours on, two hours off, 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the duration of the 42-day challenge. The trio will row through extreme weather conditions averaging 12 hours of rowing each day with maximum of two hours of sleep at a time. Since no outside assistance is permitted in the competition, they will depend on packed dry food and if luck favours them, some freshly caught seafood!

Lewis, Charlie and Chris are a true inspiration. We hope they have a safe and exciting journey and wish them all the luck for their heroic endeavour. Their commitment, hard work and dedication will help change the lives of children living in disadvantaged communities all over the world. See you soon on the other side of the ocean!