Race Across the Atlantic


An Adventure of a Lifetime

Alone on the ocean, with only effort to bring them home: Two of the U.K.’s finest in Peter Wright and Steve Hayes joined forces to row nearly 5,000 km across the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, known as the world’s toughest row. Their secret weapon? A Hydropool swim spa, which allowed to two men to swim, workout and and recover in as crucial elements of their training. Join us for a story of achievement and joy, exercise and recovery, brought to you by Hydropool Hot Tubs & Swim Spas and DragonFish row.



The race itself requires 1.5 million oar strokes. But that’s not counting practice. DragonFish row teammates learned early that you can’t solve every problem with sheer effort. Putting a new emphasis on recovery from their extensive workouts helped the two athletes become faster and better prepared for what lay ahead.

Swim Spa vs Swimming Pool

“I’d use a swim spa daily if I could,” says DragonFish row team member Steve Hayes, who did use one leading up to the journey across the Atlantic. A swim spa is capable of doing anything a pool – or the open ocean – can do, echoes teammate Peter Wright, as the two explain how the swim spa became central to their training.

Unique Qualities

Due to the swim spa being self-cleaning, DragonFish Row teammates had more time to prepare for the race and were able to spend less time fussing around with skimmers cleaning a pool. Many of Hydropool’s Hot Tubs and Swim Spas feature unique self-cleaning properties, a patented feature exclusive to the brand.