A team of four men from Bahrain are to embark on the journey of a lifetime, rowing unsupported across the Atlantic. Underpinning the Kingdom’s marine legacy.

That the island has no dearth of adrenaline junkies and sports enthusiasts is common knowledge. Levelling up is a team of four men who have set out on a daring adventure across the Atlantic Ocean. British nationals, Warren Rowe and Robert Driscoll, and Bahrainis Sharida Abdulla Al Doseri and Saad bin Abdulla Yousif Musameh are rowing unsupported as part of the Bahrain Mission Atlantic challenge. The mission is being supported by Shaikh Mohammed bin Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, son of His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Crown Prince and Prime Minister.

The quartet have been training for more than six months and started their journey from Spain’s Gran Canaria Island to Barbados. They will cover 4,700 kilometres across the Atlantic. On completing the challenge, they will be the first team representing the Kingdom to have achieved this mean feat, one that few have accomplished. Rowing unsupported means without a rescue boat trailing, which could mean waiting for days before help arrives in case of any injury. The rowers will work in pairs, in two-hour shifts throughout the journey, which will continue for an estimated 45 days.

Despite the risk, and challenges such as an initial weather report that could possibly delay the journey by a fortnight, cramped cabins and a physically intensive routine for a prolonged period of time, the rowers are pushing to make themselves and the Kingdom proud. All four are personnel of the Bahrain Defence Force (BDF). ✤