It all started in 1966 when British Sir Chay Blyth and John Ridgeway made history by becoming the first men to row the Atlantic. It was a 92 day battle against hurricanes, 40 ft waves, and a near starvation diet. This historic row along with years of development in ocean going technology have set the stage for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, a 3000 mile race across the Atlantic Ocean. I will spend 3 months rowing solo, unsupported, from The Canary Islands(the starting place of Columbus's initial voyage across the Atlantic in 1492) to Antigua. While I will be racing against a handful of other teams, made up of solo, pair, and fours boats from all over the world, after the start I will quickly be separated by hundreds of miles from any other humans. Just me, my boat, 3 months worth of dehydrated food, and a large poop bucket facing the elements.

More people have been into space or climbed Everest than have rowed Crossed the Atlantic. 

To complete this challenge I will have to overcome numerous obstacles including 40+ ft. waves, sleep deprivation, salt sores, hunger, and sea sickness. If I am successful, I will become the youngest person in history to have rowed solo across any ocean. And yet these challenges pale in comparison to those faced by many homeless Americans everyday.