A RACE

from

LA GOMERA

to

ANTIGUA

TIMELINE

IT ALL STARTED WITH....

Summer 2021

Two enthousiastic souls connecting and deciding to dedicate the next two-and-a-half years of their lives to test their own endurance, mental and physical resilience and use this positive energy to raise money for charity; keep an eye on our socials to find out more about the cause soon!

FIRST PREPARATIONS

2021-2022

1. Learn how to row
2. Launch a campaign!
3. Find a whole lot of supporters, so… spread the word!

FIGGERING OUT...

2021-2022

...what equipment we need to make/buy
...how to balance and optimize our food intake
...how to build muscle and increase aerobic capacity
...how to sleep efficiently
...how to maintain our crew dynamic
...this is an ungoing list!

LEARN NEW STUFF!

2022

Like...
Essential navigation/seamanship skills
Maritime communications
Sea survival & first aid

BUY A BOAT

mid 2022

We've got our eyes on a DOR12. A Dutch designed and to-build ocean rowing boat. Designed bij Dick Koopmans and Mark Slats (TWAC race winner 2017 and 2020), build by the latter and Paul Dijkstra from Dijkstra Composites. We are looking for a company that is as excited as we are and wants to brand or name the boat and sponsor (a part) of the vessel!

GET AND STAY FIT!

2021/2022/2023

Prepare ourselves physically and mentally on the task ahead. Train. Train some more. And train some more!

START RACE!

12 december 2023

Put all the hard work and effort into practice, game's on!

WHAT'S THE RACE ABOUT?

‘The World’s toughest Row’: the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is a rough ocean crossing race, covering 3000 miles by rowing boat from La Gomera, Canary Islands to English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda. It’s an annual event organised by Atlantic Campaigns, it takes place in december. Every year there are around 30 teams joining. The row will be a non-stop challenge for us, two hours of rowing, two hours of self- and boatcare and resting. We take turns to keep the boat going westwards. In december 2023 we will take part in this epic journey!

 

 

OUR CHARITY

A Salty Journey and Sea First combined forces in order to save our much needed ocean and with that our great planet!

As we get more and more into rowing the Atlantic we understand even better what a great but fragile and threatened ecosystem it is. We are not new to these facts but with our great adventure lying ahead we realized that now we are in a good position to do something to make a change!

 

How?

By choosing Sea First as our main charity and becoming their newest ambassadors we will be joining them in their great mission to educate the next generation, our children. With their ‘Educate to protect’ mindset, this Dutch foundation is developing educational material to teach about the importance and the value of our Ocean. About all that lives, grows, purifies and flows in it… and… all that currently goes wrong with it. This special and indispensable ecosystem is threatened by pollution, global warming, acidification and over-exploitation.

 

It’s time for us to treat the ocean differently! 

 

Sea First is fully dependent and running on donations. Soon we will announce the donation platform where fundings for the foundation can go to! This allows Sea First to provide free educational packages to schools in the Netherlands and Belgium.

You can find more information on Sea First here: www.seafirst.org.

 

SHIRTS AND SWEATERS FOR SALE!

Support our mission! You can help us getting across the Ocean (or at least a little bit closer to the start) and raise more Ocean awareness by buying one of these original and sustainable items!

Designed by us and made by Katoenfabriek in Utrecht, the Netherlands! Katoenfabriek is one of only four textile printers in the Netherlands with GOTS certified screen printing operations! GOTS is the worldwide leading textile processing standard for organic fibres, including ecological and social criteria.

The black shirt is subtle screenprinted. The ‘Ocean Depth’ (we didn’t make up the name of this color but how suitable!) shirt and Stargazer and black sweater have a fine woven label sown on. Both a ‘regular fit’!

T-shirts cost 30 euros each including postage within The Netherlands. The sweaters 55 euros

Visit our little webshop a-salty-journey.sumupstore.com/producten or send us an email (info@a-salty-journey.com)to place your order and we will send the shirt of sweater your way asap!

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THE TEAM

Adventure is what brought Bea and Iris together; both always ready to engage in another quest and to chase the next dream on the horizon. This salty journey will definitely be the most epic expedition we have ever undertaken. We’re not (experienced) rowers at all, but as energized and excited as we are, we’re always going full throttle. It will be a hard challenge, undertaken with many shared laughs and tears. We are confident that this salty journey will be a worthy test of our own perseverance and limits.

 

Bea isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty while digging for gemstones. She loves to go out on expeditions into the mountains to search and dig for these precious litte ones.

 

 

Iris is working as a carpenter and last couple of years she’s been active at Sail Cargo Inc. This organisation is putting zero-emission shipping on the market. Iris has been part of the team that is making an awesome 45 meter wooden cargo vessel.

BEA B

Bea Palant (39)

Rower
IRIS B

hier kan een over-tekstje komen!

Iris Overdevest (29)

Rower

Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far they can go
– T.S. Eliot –