Survitec Group recently supported rower Andrew Abrahams, rowing for Adventure4aCure, who completed the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge in 57 days, 17 hours, 54 minutes and 20 seconds, finishing 7th overall ahead of 5 other teams. Andrew is the only solo rower to have completed the gruelling 3000 mile row from La Gomera to Antigua and the second Australian to have ever made the crossing.
The Survitec Group assisted Andrew with some key safety equipment, wanting to ensure he had the best product available if an emergency did arise. The Survitec Group supported Andrew with the loan of the latest RFD ISO9650-1 liferaft, pyrotechnics, a Crewsaver immersion suit, an Ergofit lifejacket from Crewsaver and assorted personal safety items.
Andrew said “I’m ecstatic to have completed this epic journey. It was exceptionally difficult to be alone out there at times and to reach Antigua feels unreal – you gotta wanna!”
Andrew, from Queensland, embarked on the crossing to raise money for the Lions Club of Rochedale Springwood and Couee Community. A patriotic Aussie, he celebrated Australia Day on the water by fishing and caught a 5ft Dolphin fish, which got away to his dismay. Andrew also celebrated his birthday at sea. He battled against 40ft waves, one of which capsized his boat; in the struggle to get back on board, he gashed his shin on the rudder, an injury he had to carefully nurse for the remainder of the journey to avoid infection. Andrew also suffered technical problems on board, including a broken autohelm, which meant he had to hand steer the boat.
Andrew Abrahams has achieved the extraordinary in completing Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. He has shown incredible physical strength and fortitude since day one and we would like to congratulate him on this tremendous personal achievement on behalf of the race organisers and everyone at Talisker.”
Chanel 7 will be running a documentary on the Talisker Rowing Challenge with some great coverage of Andrew.
For further information contact;
National Sector Manager- Marine
Phone: (02) 9330 7081
Fax: (02) 9330 7098