The Mission Statement
"I believe humans have a finite number of heartbeats. I don't intend to waste any of mine" - Neil Armstrong
On December 14, 2016, we will compete in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge
32º North stands committed to ride the seas, to challenge themselves and to inspire those around them to do the same. This race isn’t just a challenge to be the fastest, the strongest and most capable boat across the Atlantic Ocean. For us, two brothers hailing from the United States, this race is a challenge for everyone who has followed a dream, a challenge to give back and help provide an opportunity for others to follow theirs.
No amount of preparation, skill or training will give us everything we will need to be successful. There is no secret formula. On December 14, 2016, our world will shift from the 8-million strong New York City to a 24-foot boat in the middle of the 3,000 mile wide Atlantic Ocean. Oars in hand, coordinates set to 17°N 61°W, we will row 2 hours on, 2 hours off, 24 hours a day until we arrive at Nelson's Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda - 2 1/2 months later.
Everything we need – we will have to take.
Every mile we row – we will have to pull.
Every challenge we have – we will have to overcome.
The challenge starts now.
Meet the Brothers
WHO AM I
28 years old. 6’4”. 190lbs
I was born in El Paso, Texas, grew up in San Diego, California, and now live and work in New York City.
I hear the weather in New York will be rubbish for the first quarter of the year.
Because I want to do something far beyond just myself and give back what I am more than fortunate to have.
Just because we turn into professionals doesn't mean we have to give up the personal.
Although, the extra benefits of rowing an ocean are extended periods of undernourishment, epic suntans, and blisters on the bum. Although this may have begun as a selfish endeavor, very quickly I realized the support around me. No longer is this mine or my brother’s adventure, but our collective sister, parent's, girlfriend's, family's, and friend's goal. We row for them.
THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ME
Family, Friends, Learning, Space, Adventure, San Diego Chargers
B.S. Physics : Baylor University - Waco, TX
MBA : New York University - New York, NY
WHO AM I
32 years old. 6’0”. 180lbs
Texas - California - New York City. Some call it America.
Because experiencing the world second hand isn’t enough.
Because ‘if’ never sounds as good as ‘when'.
Because life will always march forward -- you have to do what it takes to hold on and enjoy the ride.
No question...this will be tough. The support of family, friends, girlfriends and strangers will be 100% vital to our success -- we can't thank you enough. Rowing the Atlantic is but a fraction (so I say now...) of what it will take to get across. We've worked hard to get here...and we're looking forward to one hell of a ride.
THINGS THAT ARE IMPORTANT TO ME
Family and friends, hard work and perseverance, Friday's 5 o'clock beer, a good book or a terrible movie. Above all...a ridiculously impossible challenge
B.S. Accounting, Economics : Lehigh University - Bethlehem, PA
The 32° North Team
talisker whisky atlantic challenge
The world's toughest row
The premier event in ocean rowing – A challenge that will take us almost 3,000 miles (2,600 nm.) west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW). The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. The race structure brings together an environment where teams from across the globe gather in the race village San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands. The atmosphere is electric as people help each other prepare for the challenge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. All with the same objective – to take on the unique experience of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat. The party atmosphere creates strong friendships and competiveness gives way to camaraderie that will continue throughout the event.
But down to the serious business of rowing an ocean. From the sunsets and sunrises to the wildlife that will be encountered first hand – the race offers different experiences to all those involved. Boats are seven meters long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing. There is a constant battle of sleep deprivation, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict. Once the safe haven and party atmosphere of port is left behind – we are left with our own thoughts, an expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side. It’s now our World. A basic existence leaving behind the memories and smells of land and dealing with the emotions of leaving loved ones behind. The focus changes to us, watch systems and knowing everything there is to know about our rowing boat.