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ENGLAND POLO WINS FOURS CLASS
Wednesday 22nd January 2014

The Atlantic Polo Team has completed the world’s toughest rowing race in 48 days 7 mins, winning the fours class and finishing 2nd overall, ahead of 11 other teams. England Polo players, Henry Brett, James Glasson and Bobby Dundas (10th Viscount Melville) alongside amateur polo player Fergus Scholes, took on the challenge as novices to extreme maritime sports.
 
Rowing 3000 miles, from La Gomera to Antigua, in shifts of two hours on, two hours off, 38 year old Henry from Witney in Oxfordshire, 39 year old James from Midhurst in Kent, 29 year old Bobby from Chippenham in Wiltshire, and Fergus from Blandford in Dorset, who turned 31 on the water, competed in the arduous race to raise money for The Brooke, Hilton in the Community Foundation and Right to Play causes. 
 
“The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is something we feel extremely privileged to have experienced, yet would not have wished upon our worst enemies - we have been through hell and back again out there. Most did not expect us to even get to the start line, we are delighted to have won the fours & be 2nd out of the entire fleet “ comments Henry Brett.
 
The team has faced severe conditions during the crossing and two men were thrown overboard whilst battling 40ft waves. Racing neck and neck against friends and fellow fours, Row2Recovery, The Atlantic Polo Team nudged to the lead on New Year’s Day and stayed ahead for the duration of the nail-biting race.
 
Talisker Brand Manager Sophie Brookes comments: “The Atlantic Polo Team has done tremendously well to win the fours class of the 2013 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, during which the team faced extremely unforgiving conditions. Bobby and Fergus visited Talisker distillery on the Isle of Skye in Scotland before they left, looking out at the rough Atlantic Ocean surrounding the island one last time before setting off they discussed the tough battle ahead of them. All of us at Talisker would like to applaud them for facing the conditions head on and coming out on top in their class.”
 
The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge saw 16 teams from around the world start the race on the 4th December 2013 from La Gomera in the Canary Islands. With two teams airlifted to safety following capsizes and one team rescued by a passing Bulk-carrier ship, only 11 teams remain in the world’s toughest rowing race. 
 
In order of position, here are the 11 teams still competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge:
Teams rescued during the race: 
 
Follow the progress of all of the teams by visiting www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com.


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