Posted on / by Sara / in The Ocean5, Training

Rowing in a Confined Space

By Will Hollingshead, Superyacht officer and Ocean5 rower

I live, work, eat and sleep on a 74 metre Superyacht, which sounds a lot more glamorous than it is in reality. Where this can make things difficult is keeping up with a training routine to get ready for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) in December 2019.

When the yacht is away from a marina and underway I get to train in the engine room, during the yachts most recent crossing of the Atlantic from Gibraltar to Antigua this meant using the Concept 2 rowing machine in 32 degrees next to a transformer (glamourous!). As a team we’re currently covering a lot of distance individually each week on the Concept 2 rowers and lifting a huge amount of weight but I definitely find it a challenge to keep up with the environment that I live and work in.

What drives and inspires me to get into the engine room in 32 degrees of heat, wearing a pair of ear defenders because of the noise of the engines and generators is two things. Firstly I want to make sure I’m in the best physical condition prior to the race, the better I feel physically means the easier I will find it mentally. Secondly I want to make sure that I’m not a weak link for the team, undertaking a challenge like this as a team means everyone has to be able to rely on each other, this means putting in the work prior to arriving at the start line.

As a team each of us will have committed 2 years of our lives to competing in the TWAC and hopefully breaking a world record in the process, this means making sacrifices.

So I embrace my hot engine room and ringing ears because it will all be worth it in December.

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