Atlantic Challenge is a worldwide organisation that exists to foster experiential education in young people from different nations. In doing this it seeks to bring people together through teamwork and the shared experience of building, working and racing traditional wooden boats.
Our gigs are reconstructions of a French Admiral’s gig from c.1796. They are 38ft long and powered by ten oars, as well as a three-masted lug rig. The gigs need a crew of thirteen, working together, to get the best from the boats.
Globally, Atlantic Challenge now has 10 members: The Basque Country, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Northern Ireland and the USA.
The International Contest of Seamanship