Enter Row2Recovery. Row2Recovery provides Para-Rowing to the British Military and partners with the charity Help for Heroes, which supports wounded veterans. The 2013 Row2Recovery crew, featured in the video above, is minutes away from embarking on a 3,000 mile journey across the Atlantic: The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The four servicemen are Lance Corporal Cayle Royce, Corporal Scott Blaney, Captain Mark Jenkins, and Captain James Kayll. Both Royce and Blaney suffered life-changing injuries while serving in Afghanistan (you can read the crew bios here). Together, these men will compete against crews made up entirely of able-bodied rowers over a racecourse that spans an ocean. Now that, dear reader, is hard.
The crew will be rowing more than 2,550 nautical miles from San Sebastian, La Gomera to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua.
— Row2Recovery (@Row2Recovery) December 4, 2013
Not only are these men taking on a tremendous challenge, and raising money for charity in the process, they are also shining a light on the power of will—after all, its the very motto of the enterprise: "Beyond Injury, Achieving the Extraordinary."
You can follow all the action from the event—billed as 'the world's toughest rowing race'—via the official website of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, as well as via their Twitter handle: @RowTheAtlantic.