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The Challenge


days+ at the sea




oar strokes


calories daily

Sharing a passion for adventure

Four Mothers with a mission to inspire and empower women and girls of all ages and backgrounds to be able to access sport

Tritax Big Box were the proud lead sponsors of an all-female rowing crew taking part in the 2021/22 gruelling Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge - a 3,000 mile unaided rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Mothership was made up of an intrepid crew of four working mums including Tritax investor relations director Jo Blackshaw. 

Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge

The Mothership was one of 36 crews rowing 3,000 miles from La Gomera in the Canaries to the English Harbour in Antigua.

The team joined an elite group of women; since records began 198 all-female rowing crews have attempted to cross an ocean with only 75 teams successful. In total only 229 women have rowed one ocean or more.  They finished second in the female category and 13th overall, completing the challenge in 40 days.


Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge
Race facts and figures

1. At its deepest, the Atlantic Ocean is 8.5km/5.28 miles deep

2. The waves that the rowers experience can be up to 20ft high

3. Rowers burn in excess of 5,000 calories per day

4. Each team will row in excess of 1.5 million oar strokes during a race

Using solar power for a sustainable crossing

Solar panels will provide the only source of power generation on board

Fundraising for charity

The Mothership's charities

The crew raised over £70K for: Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, which provides expert and compassionate palliative care for over 350 children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions; Felix Fund, which supports the well-being of individuals within the explosive ordnance disposal and search community across all British military and Women in Sport which empowers women and girls through sport.

You can donate by clicking the link here.

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“We couldn’t be more proud of The Mothership for smashing this monumental challenge and making history with their efforts. The commitment and resolve they’ve shown is incredibly inspiring."
Testing mental and physical limits

Jo Blackshaw commented: “I cannot believe the determination of every individual that signed up to complete this challenge. To put it into perspective, more people have climbed Everest than have rowed an ocean!"