Charlie is a crew member of an international rowing team, which was scheduled to leave Agadir, Morocco on January 8, 2011 on a voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The final destination is Barbados, a distance of 3165 miles. The goal is to beat the world record of 33 days for the crossing.
The craft has been dubbed “Big Blue,” a custom made catamaran designed to contain a crew of 16 members, mostly elite athletes in their field. The living quarters are basically a roofed area in the middle of the boat containing bunks, food supplies, a desalinater for water and a rudimentary toilet. To say the living quarters are spartan would be a huge understatement.