One woman, one rowboat, and the Atlantic Ocean.

This is the story of Michelle Lee, as she attempts to become the first Australian woman to row solo across the Atlantic, in what is the world’s toughest ocean race.

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Episode 4

After more than 68 days at sea, Michelle Lee has made it to English Harbour in Antigua becoming the first Australian woman to cross any ocean solo in a rowboat. She talks us through the ups and downs of her record breaking journey, including all all about day 46 – the day she realised the race had become a survival challenge

Mini Episode 2

In the second mini episode of A While Away, we check in with Michelle’s closest friends to hear about what makes her special and why she’ll be able to complete this tremendous challenge.

Episode 3

In Episode 3, we hear from Atlantic Challenge record holders and speak to an oceanographer to learn more about the conditions Michelle is facing at sea.

Mini Episode 1

In our first mini episode, we hear Michelle’s first recorded phone call from the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, as she passes the halfway mark.

Episode 2

In Episode 2 of A While Away, we chat to Michelle’s Designated Person Ashore, Tony Roberts, who will be her eyes and ears on dry land.

Episode 1

In Episode 1 of A While Away, meet Michelle Lee, who is attempting to become Australia’s first woman to row solo across an ocean.


Come with us as we track Michelle’s progress and along the way, hear from Michelle from onboard her rowboat, and check in with Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge race officials. It’s an enthralling and exhilarating insight that takes you to the heart of the Atlantic Ocean.