A team of four rowers from the North East are taking part in what is said to be one of the worlds toughest races.
In winter 2018, Team Tyne Innovation will begin the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.
It is a trans-Atlantic rowing race for solo, trios or teams of four where rowers can face hurricanes, 50-foot waves and near starvation.
We spoke to team leader Phil Kite about the challenge of raising money and how to follow the team from back home.
Team Tyne Innovation has been set up to showcase the best of the North, by combining its love of rivers and sport.
The idea is to showcase how sea and river-based innovation is thriving in the region through its business and universities and having a positive impact on our lives.
In taking part, the team hope to raise significant funds for regional charity Daft as a Brush and the Stroke Association.