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The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the premier event in ocean rowing. The challenge takes rowers more than 3,000 miles west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW). The annual race begins in early December, with up to 33 teams participating from around the world.

When Team Antigua Atlantic Rowers arrived home in second place on January 13, 2018, the challenge was issued for an all-female team from Antigua and Barbuda to be next. Several women answered the call, and the field is down to five women, all of whom are in training. Eventually, four will carry the mantle for the country.

Team Antigua Island Girls is comprised of Elvira Bell, Christal Clashing, Samara Emmanuel, Kevinia Francis, and Junella King. Collectively, they are four athletes and a skipper. Team Antigua Island Girls have set their sights on being the top female contenders and among the top five overall. They are being put through their paces on the water by the tough taskmaster and coach Eli Fuller, and in the gym by personal trainer Kevinia.

At the appropriate time, four will be selected as the final team and the other woman, the alternate, will continue to be the face and voice of the team while they are on the ocean.

Teams participating in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge row for a cause. Team Antigua Island Girls is committed to rowing for Cottage of Hope, a group home that offers short-and-long term residency to girls who are abused, neglected or orphaned.

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