In December 2011, Lloyd Figgins and his rowing partner, David Whiddon set off from Agadir in Morocco to row across the Atlantic Ocean to Barbados, 3,200 miles away. The lecture follows Mr Figgins's journey from inception, the route he took, through to completion and beyond. It starts with a look at the training required for undertaking an ultraendurance event, including sessions with the England Rugby Team, training in the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the mental preparation involved in preparing for a major challenge.
We are delighted to welcome to the Royal Geographical Society Lloyd Figgins to lecture on "Rowing the Atlantic". In February 2012, Lloyd Figgins and his rowing partner became the first pair to row the Atlantic Ocean nonstop via the notorious Morocco to Caribbean route. During his 60 days at sea, Mr Figgins had to overcome extreme adversity, including pirates, near collisions with ships, sharks and 50-foot waves. He also conducted scientific research about the marine species he encountered over his 3,200-mile journey, including turtles, dolphins, jellyfish and sharks, all of which are recounted in Mr Figgins's exciting tale of adventure and science.