Egyptian duo, adventurer Omar Samra and professional triathlete Omar Nour, dubbed ‘Team O2’ started on Tuesday the world’s toughest rowing competition.
The team is supposed to cross 3,000 miles from San Sebastian, La Gomera in the Spanish Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour in Antigua, unsupported.
The team competes 28 other teams from 17 countries.
‘Team O2’ goals to break the world record of this competition, which is 40 days, 4 hours and 3 minutes. In case of their success, ‘Team O2’ will be the first Arab team to win this competition ever.
“There will be challenges along this incredible journey – when you’re faced with 50-foot waves, blisters, salt rash and sleep deprivation, that’s a given! But we’re as ready as we can be, and excited to get out there and show the world what you can do if you set your mind to it.” Samra said before starting his journey.
Nour added, “the preparation we’ve gone through to get to this point has been intense – no outside assistance is permitted during the crossing, as soon as we row out of this harbor we are at the mercy of the elements – so it’s been imperative that we get every single detail locked down.”
The team aims to raise the world’s attention regarding the refugee crisis in the Middle East and around the world.
Samra and Nour have been training for this competition for ten months, in which, they underwent intensity physical conditioning to morph their bodies into that of elite rowers, and significant mental and medical training to ensure their safety during the row.