Welcome to the Atlantic Forces website!

On the 2nd December 2013 a crew of four serving Royal Air Force personnel (2 men and 2 women) from 216 Squadron and 47 Squadron based at Royal Air Force Brize Norton, are to embark on one of the world’s greatest and toughest expeditions. The Atlantic Forces team are going to compete in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, to join eighteen other boats to row across the Atlantic Ocean. The race starts from San Sebastian de La Gomera, Tenerife on the 2nd December 2013 and finishes in the beautiful Caribbean island of Antigua. The race consists of an approximate distance of 3000 miles and takes between 40-80 days.


The expedition is a race organised by Atlantic Campaigns and this year its official sponsor is Talisker Whiskey. The race takes place every 2 years and to date more people have been into space than have completed the challenge. Atlantic Forces will be the first military mixed sex team to complete this feat of human endeavour and join the elite few.


The crew has over 30 years military experience supporting operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, as well as protecting our home nation. The team are now preparing themselves to push their psychological and physiological barriers to new limits.


The Crossing copy

The team are hoping to complete this challenge in 50-60 days facing:-

      • Tropical storms
      • 50ft waves
      • Capsizing
      • Shark attacks
      • Injury
      • Equipment failure
      • Limited water
      • Maritime traffic avoidance

But in return the team hope to see:-

      • Whales and inquisitive dolphins
      • Amazing moonbows
      • Star-packed skies
      • And experience the best adventure of their lives


With a constant shift pattern of two rowing whilst the other two team members carry out duties such as cleaning, position plotting, cooking, weather report updates, scraping barnacles of the hull and of course resting.

All this and the team are more than determined to complete the race but they can’t do it without your support.

Please have a look at the website and feel free to contact them if you have any questions or would like to sponsor them, and remember:



Sir Chay Blyth, CBE, BEM

4 thoughts on “Home

  1. The boat you are using looks very much like a boat I used to cross the atlantic in, was it HM&S Twiggy, can give you guys free advice on boat and how she performs also anything else that you care to ask about crossing and making it enjoyable. hope to hear from you guys. Kind regards Aldo

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