Devon duo complete the world's toughest row

Shaun Pedley and Ryan Barter celebrate with the Devon flag Credit: Ben Duffy

A rowing pair from Devon have finished 5th in what's become known as "the world's toughest row" - the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

"The Oarsome Buoys" - Shaun Pedley and Ryan Barter - beat 21 other teams to the finish line in Antigua, having set off from La Gomera more than a month ago.

44 days

The amount of time the rowers spent at sea


The approximate length of the Atlantic row

More people have been into space or climbed Mount Everest than have rowed the Atlantic - the 3000 nautical mile journey can involve gruelling weather conditions and requirers rowers to sleep for just two hours at a time.

Shaun and Ryan took on the arduous challenge to raise money for the Rowcroft Hospice, which provides support and specialist care to over 2,200 patients and their families across South Devon each year.

Credit: Ben Duffy

Coming into Antigua to the reception from our family and friends was better than we could have imagined, it was a definite high of the trip. Even better than this achievement is that we’re still great friends at the end of it all and had an unforgettable experience.”

Shaun Pedley
Credit: Ben Duffy

The pair will have been glad to finally reach dry land - the conditions at sea are tough, with the rowers battling tropical storms, 40ft waves, sleep deprivation, seasickness and body sores.

We’re delighted for Oarsome Buoys and their success in this formidable race. This year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge has certainly lived up to its name of the world’s toughest row.

Sarah Fleming, Talisker Brand Manager