Tennessee man prepares to row across Atlantic

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A Tennessee man is preparing to put his endurance to an ultimate challenge by trying to row a boat across the Atlantic Ocean.

The Tennessean reports that 48-year-old Phil Theodore of Brentwood will face 30- to 40-foot waves, sleep deprivation and shark-infested waters.

Theodore will take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as “The World’s Toughest Row,” which sets off Sunday from the Canary Islands. The challenge consists of 30 teams broken down into three categories: pairs, solo and teams of four.

Theodore and his teammate, 29-year-old Daley Ervin, have been training for the 3,000-mile challenge for two years.

The race can last from 40 to 90 days. During that time, they’ll be rowing 18 hours every day in a 23-foot-long and 6-foot-wide boat.