The World’s Toughest Row

Starting December 2023, we will row 3,000 miles (5,000 km) completely unassisted across the Atlantic Ocean.

40-55 Days At Sea

We will be on our own from the day we depart La Gomera until the day we reach Antigua’s shores, facing open-ocean conditions. We will be challenged by waves that are likely to be large enough to capsize our boat!

100% Female Powered

Our team of 4 adventurous women will take over 1.5 million oar strokes to cross the ocean, burning over 5,000 calories a day.

Follow and Track Our Boat During the Race!

Step #1: Download the YB Races App.
Step #2: Click “Add Race”
Step #3: Type “World’s Toughest Row – Atlantic 2023”

Want to Learn More about The World’s Toughest Row?

3000 miles of hot, fierce & diverse Atlantic ocean, racing from the volcanic shores of San Sebastian de La Gomera, Spain to paradise in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua. Visit their website for everything you want to know.

We’ll row 3000 miles around the clock in teams of 2: 2 hours on, 2 hours off.
We’ll row 1.5 million oar strokes as a team over the course of 40-60 days.
We’ll burn over 5,000 calories per person per day, as we each row 12 hours a day.


Self-Sufficient Means We Will:

An Endurance Race of Epic Proportions

In December 2023, Chantale Bégin, Isabelle Côté, Lauren Shea, and Noelle Helder will attempt to row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for organizations on the frontlines of marine conservation and education.

Although the crossing will be part of an annual race, the Atlantic Challenge, we will be unsupported, carrying everything we need and rowing in pairs in two-hour shifts, 24 hours a day, for as long as it takes. We will battle mental and physical exhaustion, huge calorie deficits, heavy weather, and extreme sun exposure.

The race itself is only the final part of the journey. By the time we’re on the starting line in La Gomera, we will have been training intensely, taking courses, planning, strategizing, and fundraising for more than 2 years.

Watch the 2021 Recap

The Atlantic Challenge is known as the world’s toughest ocean rowing expedition: 3,000 miles unaided across the Atlantic Ocean.

Salty Science Boat

Emma: Home, Sweet Home

We have purchased a 28’ state-of-the-art R45 ocean row boat made by Rannoch Adventure, with three Atlantic crossings under her belt. Emma will be our home, carrying us and all of our supplies for the entire crossing. Two water-tight hatches on either end serve as entry to sleeping quarters that can hold two people at a time along with gear. If it ever capsizes, she will right herself. We’ll be tethered to her at all times when on deck, as we certainly don’t want to be separated from her!