Ocean rowing is an extreme sport growing in popularity, but is challenging enough to be considered to be ‘the next Everest’. In fact, more people have scaled Everest or been to into space than have rowed across an entire ocean.
The crew is taking on the challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean, from Gran Canaria to Barbados, in under 30 days. With a purpose built boat, Avalon; an ocean rowing world record holding captain, Leven Brown; and a strong crew that includes ocean and river rowers, ultra runners, and adventurers, they aim to beat the current record, which stands at 32 days.
The Trade Winds crew faces a gruelling schedule of 2 hours rowing/2 hours resting for the length of the 3000-mile journey across the Atlantic, and weather conditions, whales and sharks present continuous dangers.
Director of Patra Selections, Rita Patra, commented, “The crew are facing incredibly arduous conditions, and will be almost constantly wet from sweat and seawater, so we’re glad Benno didn’t neglect to consider his underwear when choosing his equipment. A fine knit silk-mix base layer, with carefully made seams, means you avoid chafing and irritated skin that can occur when you wear synthetic fibres next to your skin.”
Benno was enthusiastic about the men’s silk-mix briefs Patra donated: “I am seriously looking forward to using the Patra silk underwear. Having to row for long periods of time put stresses on the body and having the right clothing is incredibly important. The soft, lightweight and breathable silk will make the journey more comfortable for longer and help us towards breaking the world record.”
Silk is a popular base layer in outdoor sports, and we supply silk thermals and underwear to many runners, skiers and mountain bikers. As a natural fibre, silk is temperature regulating, and wicks sweat away from the body.
Founded in 1964, Patra is a family-run independent mail order firm specialising in high quality clothes made of pure natural fibres in exclusive styles at amazingly affordable prices. As experts in silk clothing, fabrics are sourced and hand selected with great care, ensuring that only items of superior quality are offered.
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