Lincad, a UK leader in battery design and manufacture, is proud to be sponsoring the Force Atlantic boat that will be competing in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, an annual rowing race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.
In mid-December, more than 20 crews will set off to row the 3000 nautical miles. The fastest crews will cross inside 5 weeks but 100+ days at sea is not unusual. Fewer people have rowed the Atlantic than have climbed Everest or travelled into space.
Force Atlantic will be crewed by the Commanding Officer of the Army Foundation College, two Captain instructors and a Junior Soldier, all competing as the British Army’s official entry in this extraordinary challenge.
The Army Foundation College is a unique institution that transforms the lives of over one thousand 16-17 years olds every year, turning civilians into soldiers. Many of them are some of the UK’s most disaffected and disadvantaged teenagers, coming from broken homes and disengaged from training, education and employment. One of them will be the Junior Soldier in the crew.
A family-owned business based in Surrey, Lincad has been producing bespoke batteries and charging systems for over 30 years. Its main customers are the UK MOD and defence prime contractors, including BAE, Leonardo, Thales and Northrup Grumman. The company has a proven record of developing products to both UK Defence Standards and US Military Standards and has extensive experience in developing products where electromagnetic compatibility and environmental performance are critical.
Last year, Lincad received the Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme Bronze Award in which Lincad pledged to support members of the armed forces and is open to employing veterans and reservists as well as their spouses and partners.