Atlantic Challenge Great Britain

The Next Atlantic Challenge International Contest

The next International Contest of Seamanship will be held in Belfast, Maine, USA in July 2024, bringing together crews from Denmark, Belgium, the Basque Country, France, Ireland, Italy, N. Ireland, Canada and the USA.
ACGB will be taking a crew of 20 young people to compete in this friendly Contest, to represent Great Britain.
Events will include rowing and sailing races, ropework and navigation competitions. On shore, crews will have opportunities to mix together and make new friends.

Join the Crew

If you are aged 16 or over, with a spirit of adventure, you can apply for a place in the crew. You will experience many new and unique challenges representing your country at this International Contest. You will enjoy learning how to handle the gig and we will teach you ropework, navigation and how to perform traditional manoeuvres under oars and sail. Atlantic Challenge gigs cast a spell over all who sail in them – their long waterline length of 38 feet, means astonishing speeds can be gained both under sail or oar.
Full details are in our Crew Information Pack. If you wish to apply, please complete the Application Form and submit by the closing date – 30 April, 2023.

GB Success at Atlantic Challenge 2018

The last Atlantic Challenge before the global pandemic took place in Antrim, Northern Ireland in 2018, where our crew of young people from across Great Britain took part in a very successful Atlantic Challenge.  Following a period of ten days pre-contest training at Portland, Dorset, the crew finished first in three Oars and Sails races and two sailing races. Their hard work was also rewarded in winning the Rowing race for the first time in our history of Atlantic Challenge. All this meant that they finished in second place overall behind an excellent crew from the host country, Northern Ireland. A short film by our crew, about their own journey from first training session through to the last race of the contest is below.

More information, pictures and video on the 2018, and previous contests can be found in our archive pages. Our latest newsletter, with a full report from Antrim can be downloaded here.