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21st February 2020

North East based rowing duo, Atlantic Dream, complete Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge

We are delighted to share that Tyneside based duo, Atlantic Dream, have completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2019, the world’s toughest row! Phil Pugh and Paul Hopkins triumphantly rowed into Antigua last night following the 3000 mile race after spending 70 days, 9 hours and 11 minutes at sea.  

Setting off from La Gomera, Canary Islands back in December, they were the oldest team to compete in this year’s event, facing both physical and emotional challenges along the way. On arrival in Antigua, Phil commented that messages from friends, family and supporters were carried with them throughout their epic journey, spurring them on, while Paul described seeing amazing wildlife in its natural habitat and clear starry skies as some of the other highlights of the challenge. They also they paid tribute to their traditional wooden rowing boat, Dream It Do It,  that stood up to everything mother nature threw at it, and still proudly displays many ‘well wishing’ messages from supporters who signed it before the race began.

Satcom Global supported Atlantic Dream with satellite communications throughout the challenge, enabling them to communicate with safety teams, family and a local school as they made their journey, and we hope to catch up with them soon to find out more about how they used them and how they helped them out on the Atlantic ocean.

Everyone at Satcom Global sends their huge congratulations to Paul and Phil. They took on the challenge to raise money for the Tiny Lives and Fire Fighters charities, which are causes close to their hearts.  If you would like to support them and celebrate their success, you can make a donation to their charities here.

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Atlantic Dream complete Atlantic Challenge