THE CHALLENGE

In December 2021, British soldier, Jack Jarvis, will be attempting something no one has ever done before - rowing solo from Mainland Europe to Mainland North America, all in an attempt to raise money for two incredible charities, Brainstrust.

The whole journey is around 4,500 nautical miles meaning Jack will be at sea, alone for almost 100 days, rowing almost 50 miles every single day.

The row starts from Mainland Europe (Portugal), goes past the Canary Island and the Dominican Republic, and finishes in Mainland America - near Miami.

He is the only person to ever attempted this route and will become a Guinness World Record holder if he completes it.

The row will be incredibly testing, both mentally and physically. Jack will battle with sleep deprivation, salt sores, and his mind will be left with his own thoughts surrounded by the thousands of miles of open water.

However, it's something Jack can't wait to do in memory of his late grandfather, who unfortunately passed away in 2007 from a brain tumor. This is why the military man is totally dedicated in raising much-needed funds, so much so that he has even re-mortgaged his flat to help himself get to the start line!

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  • Jack will row for an average for 15hours each day; rest, recover, refuel for four hours; and sleep for the remaining four.
  • During the row, Jack will burn 8,000 calories per day.
  • Jack will lose over a stone in weight during the row.
  • The row is completely solo, so all supplies must be loaded before he sets off.
  • Jack's food consists of freeze-dried meals and nutritional bars.
  • There is no toilet onboard so Jack will have to use a bucket
  • Waves of the Atlantic Ocean can reach as high as 20ft
  • The Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km deep
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