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The Talisker Whiskey Challenge, a twenty-six-hundred-mile open-boat rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean, is considered one of the toughest challenges on the planet; more people have been to space than have rowed the Atlantic. Competitors row in two-hour shifts for over a month in boats seven metres long and two metres wide, equipped only with a small cabin for protection against storms and enough food and water to last the trip. This year, Brian Finke was there; he photographed the teams embarking from the Canary Islands in early December, and caught up in Barbados to capture the first finishers in mid-January.
For more of Finke’s photographs from the race: http://nyr.kr/e87pBj