Racers to row across the Atlantic

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The Atlantic Rowing Race 2009 is one of the world's toughest ocean rowing challenges and the ultimate test of mental strength and physical ability.

The grueling 2,550-nautical-mile race started Sunday in La Gomera, Canary Islands and will finish anytime between 40 and 90 days later in Antigua, West Indies.

Using purposely designed and built ocean rowing boats governed by a comprehensive set of event rules and a mandatory equipment list ensures the highest standards of safety and a level playing field. Solo rowers as well as crews of two and four will compete to be the first to reach the finish line in the quickest time possible.

Click here for updates and to track each team.

Click here to read a report on an American rower.