This year’s race will start in San Sebastian, La Gomera in the Canary Islands on December 14th and will finish in the English Harbor of Antigua in the Caribbean. The Atlantic Challenge, which takes more than a month to complete, is widely considered to be the toughest race in the world, pitting its challengers against some of the most savage conditions the ocean has to give. Rowing across the Atlantic is tough enough as it is, but race results require that each team complete the challenge in unassisted fashion, which includes packing out their own food, making their own water, navigating themselves, and not taking assistance from another boat, in any fashion, across the entire race.
“I am very excited to be doing this with Oak Hill and it is so special that I was able to personally meet the teachers and the kids. The students are absolutely fantastic and will be a strong source of inspiration for me. I got a great feeling for what a positive place Oak Hill is and I am so impressed with the quality of the staff and facilities. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together!” said Brown.
For more information about the Atlantic Challenge and Latitude 35, please visit: www.latitude35crew.com.
Matthew R. Brown received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and went on to receive a Master’s degree from the University of Oxford. As a United States National Champion at the elite level in a single scull, he is often invited to speak to companies and teams about the leadership, mental toughness, and teamwork lessons that can be learned from elite athletes.
After graduating from Oxford, Matthew rowed at the historic Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia. Matthew is now a member of Marin Rowing Association, and lives in Alameda County with his wife, Heather, and his daughter, Olympia.