The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the world’s no. 1 ocean endurance race and is widely considered to be one of the toughest challenges on earth.
The race takes participants over 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean. More people have reached the summit of Everest or travelled into space than have successfully rowed an ocean.
My name is Gareth Reynolds, I'm a 31 year old seafarer born and bred in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Having always been an active and motivated individual, I enjoy challenging myself in everything I do. But, I have never done something to truly test myself, to find my true limits, and discover what I am really capable of.
This challenge is very different from your usual endurance event - I will be at sea, alone, for up to 60 days, rowing for up to 20 hours a day, and battling the harsh elements of the Atlantic ocean. I am not a rower, and I am certainly not an endurance athlete. But, I feel my experience at sea, along with my dedication and motivation will provide me with a good platform to launch a successful transatlantic campaign.
My purpose is to raise £100,000 for the MS Society, helping to fund the ground-breaking research, and award winning care & support that they provide. MS is one of the most common causes of disability in young adults, it can affect people in many different ways, at any time, and there is currently no cure. The work of the MS Society is invaluable to those suffering with MS and their families, helping them to live and cope with the condition on a day-to-day basis.
I also intend to use the campaign as a platform to talk about mental health, to raise awareness, sharing my own experiences and encouraging people to talk about their own mental health.