Local Athletes Take on the Atlantic

Posted on Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Gold Coast locals Dylan Jones and Sam Weir of Ocean Nomads are setting themselves the ultimate challenge as they take on the ‘Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge’ on 12 December 2017 – a globally famous rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean to raise funds for the Make-A-Wish Australia Foundation.

Supported by the Surfboard Workers Club @ Mt Woodgee, the duo are undertaking all their training from their Currumbin home base in preparation for the 4800km journey across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to the finish line in Antigua in the Caribbean.

The team not only have their sights set on crossing the finishing line first, but to also break the world record for a pair boat Atlantic Ocean crossing in under 40 days.

Known as one of the toughest challenges on earth, made more difficult by raging storms, sharks, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation, there is no surprises as to why less than 500 people have completed an Atlantic row boat crossing.

"The row itself draws a huge amount of exposure and global media coverage, although we are focusing our Ocean Nomads campaign on the local area," said Dylan. "Growing up around the Currumbin area, we want to support the local businesses and include the community in our journey. There is no better place to train and showcase our unique boat and challenge than around the Gold Coast.

"The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is an incredibly unique event, as more people have been into outer space and more people on average climb Mt Everest each year than the total number who have rowed across this Ocean. Due to the profound logistics and time involved we are seeking major corporate sponsorship and local businesses to represent and help back our campaign over the next 10 months."

The campaign itself will total an estimated $100,000 before the pair even land at the starting line in the Canary Islands. They are hoping to partner with local businesses to help with some of the costs through sponsorship:

  • Purchasing the boat and transport to Australia: $50,000
  • Shipping to the Canary Islands: $12,000
  • Damage repairs and re painting: $7,000
  • Vital electronics and navigation equipment: $15,000
  • Rowing Oars: $3,500
  • Trailer: $3,000
  • Water maker: $6,500
  • Expedition food: $5,000
  • Personal protective equipment: $2,000
"All the support to make this happen is vital and very appreciated. Support from local business will achieve great exposure and confidence in Ocean Nomads becoming the fastest pair to ever cross the Atlantic." 

We wish the boys luck in their training and preparation, and will be sure to keep a close eye on their journey later in the year.

For more information about the team, sponsorship opportunities or to make a donation, visit or email 

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