Atlantic Endurance(1)Team: Atlantic Endurance
- Number: (1)
- Rower: Steve Murphy
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Layla
- Charity: YMCA
- Website: http://steve-rows-the-atlantic.jimdo.com/
In December Mr Stephen Murphy is taking to the seas to raise money for the YMCA in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest rowing challenge! His inspiration is the development of the YMCA’s Inclusive Sports Facility, a unique and multi functional Disability, Sports and Wellbeing Centre. This wonderful innovation will enable and support people of all ages and abilities to lead an active, fulfilling and healthy lifestyle.
Steve is no stranger to endurance challenges and in 2013 ran from John O’Groats to Land’s End and raised over £10,000 for the YMCA’s charitable work with vulnerable young people. Now Steve wants to raise that bar and sponsorship higher so is rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic single handed which will take up to 2 ½ months! All expenses are being paid by Steve, so every penny he raises will change someone’s life!
Facing it(3)Team: Facing it
- Number: (3)
- Rower: Stuart Connacher
- Country: South Africa
- Boat Design: Tide
- Charity: Smile
- Website: http://www.facingit.co.za
I have had the privilege of growing up at the sea and enjoying all it has to offer, fishing, diving, surfing, but strangely enough never any paddling or rowing!
This is a huge privilege.
I have real knowledge of the sea, navigation, rowing and the real challenges that lie ahead, but look forward to the journey of discovery and learning.
We recently lost the father of our Nation, Nelson Mandela, and hopefully during our journey we can continue his legacy of putting smiles on the faces of all young South Africans.
To quote Nelson Mandela, “what counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.”
This is for you Tata!
Persil Atlantic Waterbabies(5)Team: Persil Atlantic Waterbabies
- Number: (5)
- Rower: Callum Gathercole
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Small & Mighty
- Charity: Princess Alice Hospice, BRACE and Brain Tumour Research
- Website: http://thewaterbabies.co.uk/
I grew up on the shores of Lake Maggiore near Varese, in the North of Italy, and this is where my passion for rowing started. A passion that has now spanned over 20 years. Over this period I’ve raced on both lakes and rivers in Italy and the UK. However I discovered the world of ocean rowing by accident. I was actually searching online for books on Mt. Everest expeditions and that’s when I found a book about Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo, who in June 1896 rowed from New York to Isles of Scilly. I was mesmerized by the fact that such a feat was humanly achievable. I was hooked. I started reading book after book about ocean rowing and I first considered rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 2007. It was only in 2013 though that I felt truly ready to face this challenge so I went to La Gomera to see the start of the Talisker Atlantic Challenge. Now here I am, finally preparing my solo crossing.
Rowing solo across an ocean will not just be an amazing physical challenge but also a very personal inner journey for me. It’s an incredible feeling to know that finally this dream will become reality. I hope that my crossing will inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and follow their dreams.
I am also thrilled to be able to use this row to benefit two amazing charities: Cardiac Risk in the Young and Associazione Italiana per la Lotta al Neuroblastoma. I want to increase awareness of the incredible work that they do and inspire others to support and donate to these fantastic charities.
Atlantic Answer(10)Team: Atlantic Answer
- Number: (10)
- Rower: Evelyn Williams
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Salty Dog
- Charity: Cancer Research UK
- Website: http://www.atlanticanswer.com/
Taking to the Ocean will be a new sporting challenge like no other and an opportunity for Evelyn to test his wits against mother nature.
“After learning about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge I couldn’t think of a more exciting challenge to put my name down for!”
Sogno Atlantico(24)Team: Sogno Atlantico
- Number: (24)
- Rower: Matteo Perucchini
- Country: Italy
- Boat Design: Atlantic Inspiration
- Charity: Associazione Italiana per la Lotta al Neuroblastoma / Cardiac Risk in the Young
- Website: http://www.sognoatlantico.com
I grew up on the shores of Lake Maggiore near Varese, in the North of Italy, and this is where my passion for rowing started. A passion that has now spanned over 20 years. Over this period I’ve raced on both lakes and rivers in Italy and the UK. However I discovered the world of ocean rowing by accident. I was actually searching online for books on Mt. Everest expeditions and that’s when I found a book about Frank Samuelsen and George Harbo, who in June 1896 rowed from New York to Isles of Scilly. I was mesmerized by the fact that such a feat was humanly achievable. I was hooked. I started reading book after book about ocean rowing and I first considered rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 2007. It was only in 2013 though that I felt truly ready to face this challenge so I went to La Gomera to see the start of the Talisker Atlantic Challenge. Now here I am, finally preparing my solo crossing. Rowing solo across an ocean will not just be an amazing physical challenge but also a very personal inner journey for me. It’s an incredible feeling to know that finally this dream will become reality. I hope that my crossing will inspire others to step out of their comfort zone and follow their dreams. I am also thrilled to be able to use this row to benefit two amazing charities: Cardiac Risk in the Young and Associazione Italiana per la Lotta al Neuroblastoma. I want to increase awareness of the incredible work that they do and inspire others to support and donate to these fantastic charities.
Sea Rover(74)Team: Sea Rover
- Number: (74)
- Rower: Greg Maud
- Country: South Africa
- Boat Design: Dog House
- Charity: Street Light Schools
- Website: http://gregmaud.co.za/
If I’m going to row across the Atlantic, I want it to be for more than just my own personal need for adventure. My wife, Sarah, and I both had the opportunity to attend MIT – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the famous private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Not a lot of people get to do that. What’s tragic though is that in South Africa, even after twenty-one years of independence, not every child gets the education they need. It breaks my heart when I hear stories like Judy’s. There were times when Judy’s mother wasn’t able to pay the electricity bill and their little home would be plunged into darkness. Judy loved school. She wanted to do well. She wanted an education and she wasn’t going to let a lack of electricity stop her from getting it. She would take her schoolbooks and go sit on the pavement and finish her homework in the light of a streetlamp. Her determination paid off. She ended up going to Columbia University in the USA and was also a Mandela Rhodes scholar. Recently, she bought her mother a new home.
Coventry Five-0(2)Team: Coventry Five-0
- Number: (2)
- Rower: Adrian Lindon & Martin Bramwell
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Dream It Do It
- Charity: Lupus UK
- Website: http://coventryfiveo.voyage/
I have always been in love with the sea – whether surfing, sailing or cliff diving. This is the ultimate experience and sea adventure and one with a cause worth doing it for
I have two ambitions on this adventure; one of personal achievement where I am aiming to show that leading an active life doesn’t have to stop when you reach 50, as well as raising the profile and awareness of our chosen charity – Lupus UK.
The Cranial Quest(4)Team: The Cranial Quest
- Number: (4)
- Rower: Caitlin Miller & George Pagano
- Country: USA
- Boat Design: Washington’s Crossing
- Charity: ALS – The Philadelphia Chapter
- Website: http://www.thecranialquest.com
I am from Media, Pennsylvania a suburb of Philadelphia. I love playing and watching sports. Entering highschool I was going to play baseball but ended up joining the rowing team. I continued rowing through my college career and I love the sport. Ocean rowing is definitely a different level of rowing, but a challenge that Caitlin and I are willing to take on for causes close to heart. I chose to row for ALS in honor of my grandfather who died of the disease. My goal is to raise funds for research so one day there will be a cure.
I grew up on a small farm in Southwest Minnesota; about as far from the ocean as you can get. I started rowing In college and was hooked. I met George on the rowing team at UNL and we have become close friends. The Atlantic Challenge is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us to use our love for rowing to give back. I am rowing for a family friend who took his life last fall. I believe that suicide and mental health are issues that need to be addressed. My goal is to raise awareness about the problem and funds to better care for those affected; to bring hope for those who have lost it.
Square One Atlantic(6)Team: Square One Atlantic
- Number: (6)
- Rower: Sean Lannon & Lee Felton
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Worst Case Scenario
- Charity: Rape Crisis England and Wales
- Website: http://www.squareoneatlantic.com
I’m 30, from Newcastle Upon Tyne. I want to do this challenge to see what I’m really made of, and show that with enough focus and determination anyone can move their life in any direction they wish. I feel as a society we need to do more about confronting the issue of rape and human trafficking, and I hope this challenge will help raise awareness of these charities, especially to those who are suffering in silence.”
“I’ve always lead an active lifestyle and have dreamt of taking part in a challenge that will take me to my physical and mental limits. I try to live my life to the maximum, since 2012 I completed the Tough Guy and Tough Mudder events in the UK and have just competed in the 2014 Desert Warrior challenge in Dubai, I enjoy every moment; the challenge of the training, the anticipation, and of course the taking part. I heard about the Atlantic row a few years ago and the idea just stuck until I thought ‘let’s go for it’! I am also very passionate about encouraging those around me to do what they really want to do and live life to the full. I will use my participation in the race to energise and motivate as many people as I can, and at the same time raise money for a good cause. Now it’s time for some training..
Thrift Energy Atlantic Challenge(8)Team: Thrift Energy Atlantic Challenge
- Number: (8)
- Rower: Sean McGuigan & Andy Warner
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Men of Iron
- Charity: The NorthEast Altzeimers association and St Clares hospice, jarrow
- Website: http://www.northeastatlanticchallenge.co.uk
The question I’m sure all competitors are asked is why? Well there are two reasons. Firstly I genuinely wanted to do something to raise money for my chosen charity. The more the better. This is clearly something that would capture peoples attention and make donations more likely. But on a personal note I have always loved a challenge. I have done endurance events and recently finished my latest goal of completing an Ironman Triathlon. But, hard as this was, there were hundreds of others standing with me at the finish line. I wanted to do something beyond normal. A true test. Something that not many others have ever done. This is the worlds toughest race. It doesn’t get any bigger. ‘When’ I’ve done this I suppose I can stop wondering, dust off my slippers and grow old sensibly.
its been a hell of year , 2014 ended with me taking on the best endurance rowers out there in the Crazy Bear Challenge, which is 30 half marathons in 45 days, I done it in 22 days, then backed it up with a 100 km row a few days after. I was well happy with that , I figured at the time this was it.. the best thing I could achieve in rowing, How wrong I was, all the time what kept me motivated , apart from Sean breathing down my neck , was if Sean can do what he is going to do this year,, I can do this…how ironic, after Snowys unfortunate injury here I am. What a thrill… Ive never been one to say no.. say yes and sort out the details later.. Ive traveled the world over the years but havent really done anything like this,, notwithstanding there is nothing like this,, it is the pinnacle, and I have the best rowing partner for this challenge out there. A huge chunk of my motivation is my twin girls. I tell them to take every opportunity that comes their way, so how can I, in good faith, preach something Im not willing to do myself. Although I am taking no payment for doing this challenge, my employers, Martin Brower have personally sponsored me to do this race, Im proud to be also raising money for RMHC, which is McDonalds own charity as well as the raising money for St Clares Hospice and the Alzheimers Society, its cliche to say , but heartfelt to know the good we are doing . So here I am, here is the challenge, we are ready as a team to give it our very best.
Atlantic Buoys(15)Team: Atlantic Buoys
- Number: (15)
- Rower: Hamish Stewart & Neil Blackeby
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: DeJa Blue
- Charity: Childrens Hospice South West
- Website: http://www.atlanticbuoys2015.com
Neil Blackeby – 53
I have wanted to row across the Atlantic ocean since the age of 10 having met and spent the day with Tom McClean at the Boat Show in 1970 and later, after meeting and becoming friends with another ocean rower Peter Bird , whose personality and attitude inspired me to actually do it rather than dream about it.
I row and race Cornish pilot gigs on the North Cornish coast and have also cruised, raced and delivered yachts around the UK, Ireland and France. Having retired from a career of firefighting and approaching my mid-fifties, I feel that it is now or never.
Hamish and I have adopted a great charity to raise money for in “Children’s Hospice South West” and are supported by two active and enthusiastic representatives. We have a major sponsor in Sharps Brewery and hope to keep the whole campaign as local as possible to our homes in North Cornwall.
We have been close friends for many years and whilst we realise the enormity of the venture ahead of us, our aim is to make it as enjoyable and fun as possible.
Hamish Stewart – 50
Having been a keen rugby player for most of my life, after moving to North Cornwall in 1990 I took up rowing and racing Cornish pilot gigs and joined Port Isaac Rowing Club. Shortly afterwards, I met Neil and introduced him to the Rowing club. We have both taken part in many of the World and County championships.
Neil mentioned the idea of an ocean row several years ago when we were racing at Newquay and I was immediately enthusiastic about the idea.
We had planned to undertake an independent row, but after getting to know all the team from Atlantic Campaigns and seeing how organised and supportive the event was, we felt compelled to enter.
We are now looking forward to raising money for our charity and equipment for the boat.
Atlantic Castaways(21)Team: Atlantic Castaways
- Number: (21)
- Rower: Freddie Wright & Jack Galsworthy
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Blue Steel
- Charity: Brain Research Trust
- Website: http://www.atlanticcastaways.com
I am 20…I have never rowed…I get sea sick…why on earth have I decided to row the Atlantic!? To be perfectly honest, I am terrible at saying no!
I have previously run the London Marathon, raising £12,000, and cycled from Rome2Home, raising £9,000, both for theBrain Research Trust. Surely rowing the Atlantic is the next logical step…?
Pushing myself, both physically and mentally, is something I find great satisfaction in doing. Especially when outside in the open air with a goal, long or short term, in mind.
As an aspiring medic studying Bio-medical Sciences, I feel that I am somewhat hardwired to not take easy options in life. Therefore I am relishing the chance to have a crack at what I think is one of the ultimate adventures out there. I can’t wait to battle through some big waves with Fred – game on!
Im 19 and off to Bristol University to study Mechanical Engineering this year. Having played sport all my life, I have a real love for it. Playing for my School’s 1st XV rugby team 1st XI Football team and the Bath Rugby Club Academy have tested my drive and commitment on the sports pitch. Having been fortunate enough to gain an Army Scholarship, I want to find challenge that can truly test me.
By cycling 1,400 miles from Rome2Home with Jack and a friend for the Brain Research Trust I know what it is like to take part in punishing multi-day events. Also that I can still get on with Jack when the going gets tough!
In 2010 we were given an inspirational talk by a man who successfully rowed the Atlantic. This exposed me to the idea that such epic challenges were even possible and firmly placed rowing the Atlantic as an endeavour I wanted to complete. When Jack first approached me 3 years later and suggested we should take on just such a mission there was no way I could say no. So here we both are at the beginning of the biggest adventure of our lives…
Team Beyond(38)Team: Team Beyond
- Number: (38)
- Rower: Daley Ervin & Phil Theodore
- Country: USA
- Boat Design: Hope
- Charity: The Team Beyond Foundation
- Website: http://www.teambeyond.org
Team Hesco(49)Team: Team Hesco
- Number: (49)
- Rower: Theo Jones & Shane Chadwick
- Country: Australia,UK
- Boat Design: TLC II
- Charity: The Not Forgotten & The Fragile X Foundation
- Website: http://www.atlanticvoyager2015.com/
Originally from Perth, Australia, Shane will be 35 years old when he takes part in this expedition. Having rowed at a competitive level at school he has garnered a reputation since for never wavering focus – when he has a goal in mind, no man or beast will stop him from achieving it. After finishing a plumbing apprenticeship he lived in London for four years until he transfered to the super yacht industry as a second engineer – a high tempo environment suited only to the most determined, tenacious of workers. He has since climbed the ladder at a healthy pace, accomplishing his Y4 engineering examinations and currently studying for his Y3. To take on the Atlantic ocean will be a huge challenge for him but his dedication and training are focused and there is no doubt that he will tick this expedition from his bucket list early in 2016.
Originally from Winchester, Hampshire, Theo will be 27 years old when he sets off on what he hopes will be the adventure of a lifetime. Having grown in a large family of high sporting achievers, Theo himself set records in long distance running, eventually representing Dorset at the national cross country championships, as well as thriving in team sport and playing in his school’s 1st XV for 3 years. After leaving school Theo gained a Yachtmaster Offshore and has worked on super yachts for the last 5 years. By the time he is sitting on the start line with 3000nm of ocean ahead of him, he will have acquired his Officer of the watch Chief mate qualification.
Shane and Theo have worked together for over two and half years and have become very good friends. They are a motivated, enthusiastic, positive pair and while the challenge they have taken on will test their mental and physical stamina, their dogged determination, will to succeed and physical prowess will see them to the finish
Atlantic Challenge(59)Team: Atlantic Challenge
- Number: (59)
- Rower: Dan Parsons & Olly Clark
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Atlantic Challenge
- Charity: ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity & Prostate Cancer UK
- Website: http://www.atlantic-row.com/
Since graduating from Loughborough University, Dan (28) has worked for an innovative British start-up, Karbon Kinetics Ltd, the company behind the award-winning Gocycle electric bike. Growing up on the coast, Dan is no stranger to water, competing internationally in sailing and enjoying windsurfing among other watersports. Dan’s been lucky enough to share his passion for the sea by teaching and coaching others- from complete novices to having had the pleasure of working with the British Paralympic Sailing Team. Whilst a competent sailor, Dan had never rowed before taking on this challenge- but that shouldn’t be a problem… right?
….”I can’t put into words how excited I am to have the opportunity to take on this great challenge, raising awareness and money for some fantastic and worthwhile causes close to our hearts. I am lucky enough to have done some incredible things in my life and have been blessed with good health and fitness, so an opportunity to help others less fortunate than myself is not one to be turned down. Ever since reading about Ben Fogle and James Cracknell’s crossing I have been inspired and I can’t wait to take on this mighty challenge.”
On the completion of University at Loughborough, Olly undertook the charity driving challenge the Mongol rally, which has giving him the taste for worthwhile adventure. Following his 8000 mile round trip he joined the Army, spending the year of 2008-2009 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He completed the All Arms Commando Course and deployed on Operations to Afghanistan within the Royal Engineers. He is now based up in Ripon North Yorkshire. A keen sportsman, Olly loves the outdoors and the chance to challenging himself.
….’What an incredible opportunity and adventure this challenge will be. The chance to test our resolve and determination; whilst raising funds for some excellent charities that are close to both of us. The journey to the start line will be tough and no doubt that row itself may be rather cheeky.”
Atlantic Drifters(64)Team: Atlantic Drifters
- Number: (64)
- Rower: David Lambert & Tom Brunwin
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Christy White Always Further
- Charity: Overseas aid for the kids of Sierra Leone and the Dougie Dalzell Memorial Trust
- Website: http://www.theatlanticdrifters.com
We committed to taking part in the challenge while serving with the Army Air Corps in Afghanistan back in 2012. As Army officers, arduous and uncomfortable situations are not foreign to us and so the Atlantic challenge seemed like a once in a lifetime opportunity that we couldn’t miss. Not only will it satisfy our love of rowing (Tom) and perverse enjoyment of extreme fitness challenges (Dave) but more importantly which will give us the chance to raise money for two great charities. We bought our boat from team NEAS Energy (2013 challenge) at the end of last winter and have spent some time out on the water already but still a lot more training is needed. At least we’ve already had plenty of training in sleep deprivation and eating from ration packs!
- Number: (88)
- Rower: Duncan Brown & Andy Strachan
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Papa Delta
- Charity: Great Ormond Street Hospital
- Website: http://www.rowingforrascals.com
Robert Andrew Strachan (34) and Duncan Adamson Brown (26) represent the only Scotland (Aberdeen) based team intent on participating in and winning the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge 2015. Both men are fiercely competitive athletes with a combined rowing experience of over 15 years. They are personal trainers in Aberdeen City and Shire and will be the most physically and mentally prepared crew in the 2015 lineup. Both have a passion for endurance events and this represents their greatest challenge ever. They are relishing the chance to stretch themselves and find out what they are capable of. Their combined personal training expertise really gives Robert and Duncan an edge when it comes to programming and carrying out their training. From strength and stamina to mental toughness, these are the guys to watch.
Oarsome Buoys(96)Team: Oarsome Buoys
- Number: (96)
- Rower: Shaun Pedley & Ryan Barter
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Sic Parva Magna
- Charity: Rowcroft Hospice
- Website: http://www.weregoingrowing.co.uk/
Ever since a very early age I have been a bit of an adrenalin junky and have a huge passion for the great outdoors. Growing up by the sea in Torbay I spent the majority of my free time either on or beneath the waves. When not on the sea I spent my time hiking, climbing mountains, bike riding and thrashing my way down the the white water that the south west has to offer. I have always loved to challenge myself and have completed my gold Duke of Edinburgh and the Three peaks challenge. It is through taking part in these challenges that I have many life long memories and met many amazing people most of which I’m still close friends with today. With this in mind and having a head for a new challenge I began to think of my next adventure!
In autumn 2012 I started my new job with Offshore Turbine Services, working as a deck hand on the crew transfer vessels on the offshore wind farms. This was where I came to meet Shaun Pedley who would become my partner in crime and with some thinking the pair of us have become the ‘Oarsome Buoys’. And so be it. Two men, one boat, one Ocean, one challenge. The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge.
Apart from the personal achievement involved with rowing around 3000 miles in what is one of the harshest environments on the planet, the main aim behind our campaign is to ‘Row for Rowcroft’. ‘Oarsome Buoys’ are rowing the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for Rowcroft Hospice and raise a wider awareness of hereditary breast cancer. Breast cancer affects many people and I have lost family to this terrible disease. I have had several close family members spend there final time in the care of Rowcroft and this has left me wanting to give something back.
Rowcroft is a local hospice service supported by donations that provides specialist care to patients with progressive and life limiting illnesses.
I have been brought up with salt water in my blood, growing up in Paignton I cannot think of a time when there was not a Rowing boat, Angling boat, Workboat or Pleasure boat in the harbour that was not in my family. Having been taught to row from the age of 4 in a small tender on the harbour, I went on to become an active member of Paignton Rowing Club following my family who have all been rowers. This then lead to being selected to row the Atlantic for a speed record attempt in 2011 becoming the youngest man ever to row an ocean. I now skipper Crew Transfer Vessels on offshore wind farms for Offshore Turbine Services. This is where I met Ryan Barter (my rowing partner). Ryan works alongside me at sea and together we are the ‘Oarsome Buoys’.
The main aim behind this campaign is raising money for Rowcroft hospice service which is a charity that provide specialist care to patients with progressive, life limiting illnesses and we also aim to raise awareness for hereditary Breast cancer. After seeing 2 generations of my family (mother, grandmother, aunties, and great auntie) suffering from the illness and being patients at Rowcroft Hospice, I felt I had to do something to show just how bad and life destroying it can be! Our aim is to raise as much money as possible by rowing the Atlantic and show by being fit and healthy, we can raise awareness and help those who aren’t so lucky and their families.
Rowing the Atlantic Ocean in 2015 will be my second Atlantic crossing by rowing boat but this race could not be any more different! Last time was for the speed record attempt, last time we were a crew of 14 and selected to row, last time was practice. This time round it’s our campaign, charity, reasons, goals and dreams. 2 men, one boat and the Atlantic Ocean!
Ocean Reunion(7)Team: Ocean Reunion
- Number: (7)
- Rower: Angus Collins, Gus Barton, Joe Barnett, Jack Mayhew
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: TBA
- Charity: Teenage Cancer Trust & Cystic Fibrosis Trust
- Website: http://www.oceanreunion.co.uk/
has got nautical adventures in his blood. His Grandpa, Dick Pitcher, a World Champion in the Flying Dutchman class, parents both scuba diving instructors & uncle defending world record holder in transatlantic rowing. Earlier this year Angus follow suit and rowed the Indian Ocean, leaving from Exmouth, Australia and after 71 days of gruelling weather the team arrived in the Seychelles, breaking 3 world records on the way.
Having always had a love of the outdoors his past expeditions have also included trekking for 3 months in Papua New Guinea, being part of the 2011 Run to the North, a non stop 350km run through the wilderness in North Scotland, traversing India on a 30mph rickshaw as well as taking part in the EnduranceLife Classic Quarter Ultra running Series
His love for water & rowing has rubbed of on his work life, as he is currently working for Rannoch Adventure building our boat for the crossing.
has nautical traces in his blood. His father Mark was an engineer on cruise ships through the 80s and early 90s. On his paternal side of the family they share the same name as the captain of the Cutty Sark, Dowman.
He was raised in Essex, moved to school in Rutland and then finished his education at Newcastle University. After starting a brief career in advertising he is now in the middle of a new venture in the law industry.
A keen interest for conventional sports has finally boiled over into Ocean Rowing. Joe hopes to add value to the mental side of the challenge.
has, from an young age has always been an avid sailor which never wavered, racing regularly all across the UK and teaching in Greece through university summers. Jack has always had an adventurous spirit and ever since he and a couple of friends completed an ad hoc cycling trip from Canterbury to Rome he was hooked. Jack’s has continues to enjoy challenges and this summer completed a 270 mile London to Paris bike ride in less than 24 hours as well as competing in numerous triathlons. This new taste for the extreme combined with a love for anything nautical has set his compass West.
often suffers from sea sickness, is a terrible swimmer, and has a great fear of sharks. Despite this, Gus is extremely determined and loves a new challenge so rowing an ocean seemed like the biggest challenge possible. He is a bit of an action man, from playing rugby at a high level to his chosen career path as a personal trainer. Gus specialises in strength conditioning and flexibility training, two key attributes to ocean rowing. Its his job to get the rest of the team in the right physical shape to help us win the race.
Team Wadadli(17)Team: Team Wadadli
- Number: (17)
- Rower: Nicholas Fuller & Peter Smith, Archie Bailey & JD Hall
- Country: Antigua
- Boat Design: Wa’Omoni
- Charity: St John Hospice
- Website: http://www.antiguaatlanticrowers.com/
For years we in Antigua have watched sunburnt and weary atlantic rowers slowly row into our beautiful and historic Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour here in Antigua as they complete the Atlantic Campaign’s biannual Atlantic Challenge .
We have decided that it is now time that a Antigua team should be put together as a fours entry and give it a go .
Being a small twin island nation ( A beach for every day of the year , and this is only the beginning! )many of us naturally have turned to the sea to make a living and as such many Antiguans are good seafarers not only as divers and fishermen but also as sailors , just think of Antigua Race Week. There are no rowers here but we are “comfortable “out on the ocean and once the effort is made and we get focused this will come smoothly onto stream.
The name of the team,Wadadli, comes from the colloquial local version of the pre-Columbian amerindian name for Antigua .
Our Charity is the St. John Hospice , a non-profit privately operated and funded palliative institution for the needy who are terminally Ill here in Antigua . Many have already been given the opportunity to live out their final days here with first class care and dignity which they otherwise could not have been able to do.
We are all looking forward to the adventure and camaraderie associated with this row, and for those of you so inclined we’ll be bringing over some of our special English Harbour Five Year Old rum for you to sample !
“We Likkle but we Thallawah !”
- Number: (22)
- Rower: Cayle Royce, Lee Spencer, Nigel Rogoff & Paddy Gallagher
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Invictus
- Charity: Blesma, Row2Recovery, Endeavour Fund, Help4Heroes
- Website: http://www.Row2Recovery.com
The four crew members in the Row2Recovery team are all military amputees wanting to raise money for their fellow injured service personnel.
This will be our charity’s third, and possibly final, Atlantic crossing; but the first ever with an all-amputee crew.
The final crew is:
Our skipper, and serving Light Dragoon, Lance Corporal Cayle Royce, MBE. Cayle, 29, from Devon underwent a double amputation and lost the fingers on his left hand following an IED blast in Helmand, Afghanistan whilst serving in the Brigade Reconnaissance Force in 2012. Cayle was a member of the 2013/14 Row2Recovery crew.
Former Irish Guardsman Paddy Gallagher, 30. Paddy lives in Cambridgeshire and lost his right leg below the knee in an IED blast in Nad E Ali, Afghanistan in 2009.
Former RAF Flight Sergeant Parachute Jump Instructor Nigel Rogoff, 56. Nigel lives in Hereford and lost his leg above the knee whilst taking part in a Royal Air Force parachuting display.
Serving Royal Marine Colour Sergeant Lee Spencer, 46. Lee is from Yelverton. After coming through three operational tours of Afghanistan unscathed, Lee lost his right leg below the knee after being hit by flying debris as he was helping save the life of a crashed civilian motorist on the central reservation of the M3 in Surrey.
This money raised will be divided equally between Blesma, Prince Harry’s Endeavour Fund, Help for Heroes and Row2Recovery’s own national military adaptive rowing programme.
Latitude 35(35)Team: Latitude 35
- Number: (35)
- Rower: Jason Caldwell, Greg Wood, Nicholas Khan & Tom Magorov
- Country: USA
- Boat Design: American Spirit
- Charity: St Jude Children’s research Hospital & Philabundance
- Website: http://www.latitude35crew.com/
Jason Caldwell grew up in Walnut Creek, California, about 30 miles outside of San Francisco. After graduating high school, Jason attended Montana State University where he played baseball. However, his Sophomore year he transferred back to the Bay Area to attend Sonoma State University to play baseball and conclude his studies.
Although an elbow injury forced Jason to end his baseball career prematurely after his Junior year, shortly thereafter approached by Sonoma State’s crew coach where he was introduced to the sport of rowing and quickly fell in love with it. Upon graduation in 2005 with a BA in Business and a concentration in Marking, Jason was fortunate enough to be invited to train on Vesper Boat Club’s Elite team located in Philadelphia, PA. For the next three years Jason trained at the elite level in rowing winning various medals to include a Nationals gold, two silvers, and a bronze.
Upon retiring from competitive rowing in 2008, Jason started working for a company called Team Concepts that focuses on training executives in leadership development and high-performance team building. Since then, Jason’s career has progressed into teaching at some of world’s largest firms and most prestigious Business Schools, consulting with their leadership on what it takes to create and maintain high-performance teams. Jason’s talent for leadership training and development has taken him to such places as London, Dubai, Tokyo, Geneva, Shanghai, and Singapore to name a small handful.
Jason attributes his passion for leadership and high-performance as the driving force in organizing a crew for the 2015 Talisker Atlantic Rowing Challenge. He believes that compiling a crew of dedicated rowers with a shared objective, and a commitment to that objective, is the underlying difference between surviving the trans-Atlantic row and thriving off of it.
In addition to training leaders for high-performance, Jason’s other areas of interest lay in reading literature, learning languages, exercising and traveling. His favorite author is Fyodor Dostoevsky, he’s currently an intermediate in written and spoken Arabic, and his most cherished travel destination up to this point has been Thailand.
Tom Magarov was born in Azerbaijan in the former Soviet Union in 1985. A competitive rower and swimmer, he swam in high school and college at the elite level before leaving the country in 2002 and emigrating to the United States. A graduate of Baku State University & University of West Chester with a Bachelors degree in International business, an education he has used extensively in the last ten years in his work in management positions in large volume retail environments and with Team Concepts Inc.
Nick is originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He’s been an athlete since he was young. He picked up rowing as a freshman in high school at Central Catholic in Pittsburgh and continued rowing while at Temple University in Philadelphia both on the university team and at Undine Barge Club of Boathouse Row for eight years. The teams Nick has been a part of have won races on the high school, collegiate, national and international level so despite his relatively young age, he’s been able to accumulate strong rowing experience. A few years ago, Nick took a break from competitive rowing to spend time on a few other athletic pursuits. He had taken up distance running while in college as a hobby and always wanted to up the ante. He began with 10 milers, moving then to marathon distances and eventually graduating to ultra marathons. Nick ran both a 50 mile trail race just outside of Washington D.C. and a 100 mile race in Philadelphia, the latter of which he was fortunate enough to be the overall men’s champion. Nick is also an avid cyclist. He tries to ride his bike whenever he have free time and even as a means of commuting to work. Nick has spent a little time racing road bikes where he’s been able to take some podium finishes in local races. Every now and then he’ll take his mountain bike out to the trails and try not to injure himself too badly.
Nick is always looking to take on a new adventure so when rowing across the Atlantic was put on the table, he jumped at the opportunity. He’s never doing something just to ‘do it.’ He’ll always give it his absolute best effort and this challenge is no different- he, along with his team, are in it to win it!
Yorkshire Rows(42)Team: Yorkshire Rows
- Number: (42)
- Rower: Janette Benaddi, Frances Davies, Niki Doeg & Helen Butters
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Rose
- Charity: Maggies, Yorkshire Air Ambulance
- Website: http://www.yorkshirerows.com
This adventure is not just about me and wanting to inspire other ladies, it is about other people about raising money for a number of charities close to me and the ladies I am rowing with. Many of us have been touched by cancer. My uncle “Ian” who shared my sense of humour died of cancer in his early forties. I know he would have thought me completely nuts to be going on an adventure like this on the other hand if he could have done something like this in his shortened life he would have had a go. My mum “Mary” is a cancer survivor and has been cancer free for fifteen years now. When we were told about her mouth and throat cancer we all thought we had little precious time left to spend with her, I remember how devastating that was. My best friend Jackie who I have known since I was 10 years old is a cancer survivor, we thought we would lose her to the disease, but she fought back and has now been cancer free for 5 years. One of our chosen charities is Maggie’s Cancer Centres, Maggie’s is about empowering people to live with, through and beyond cancer by bringing together professional help, communities of support and providing a setting where anyone affected by cancer can go and is welcomed. We are hoping to raise money that will go towards supporting the building of a Maggie’s centre in Leeds in Yorkshire and also towards the other already existing centres in the UK and overseas. We are also hoping to raise funds for two other charities Action for Kids and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
Six years ago, my dad was a healthy and fit man decorating my sitting room (not very well I might add) but he was having a go. Within 7 months he had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and the whole family lived through a rollercoaster of emotions but always knowing it would always get a little bit worse and the outcome would be devastating. Christmas day that year was spent eating turkey sandwiches by his bed side and two days later he died. The support the family received during this time was hit and miss and a bit disjointed. This had an impact on the stress levels we all experienced during those horrendous 7 months.
I have a real urge to do something of value that will make a difference to peoples’ lives. As I work full time, I do not have the luxury of being able to give my time to various charities, so this way it will be an intense two years planning and organising and a doubly intense 2 months with no sleep and rowing continuously on an ocean that really scares me– but this challenge will have a huge impact. Maggie’s charity is about empowerment. This row to me is about empowerment – showing that ordinary working women can achieve extraordinary things with hard work and determination.
We had planned to paper over the wall paper dad had put up, but then he became ill and died so we didn’t have the heart to change it for many years . Every time we looked at those bad joins it reminded us of the legacy he left us of being courageous, brave and a fighter. Boy I hope I take after him when I am faced with that unpredictable vicious Atlantic ocean
- Number: (44)
- Rower: Lauren Morton, Bella Collins, Olivia Bolesworth & Gee Purdy
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Miss Nellie
- Charity: PLAN UK
- Website: http://www.rowlikeagirl.uk
Our Journey: Row Like A Girl was created by Lauren’s ambition to complete the Atlantic Rowing Race after a failed attempt in 2013. She pulled together Olivia, who rowed with her at Bristol University and Bella and Gee who she met in the Seychelles whilst being in the friends and family of 4 boys rowing the Indian Ocean.
Atlantic Lions(51)Team: Atlantic Lions
- Number: (51)
- Rower: Matthew Townsend, Charlie Hayward, Joe Mile, David Middleton
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Tiny Dancer
- Charity: Multiple Sclerosis Trust
- Website: http://www.atlanticlions.com
The Atlantic Lions are a team of four University of Birmingham graduates who all either lived or played sport together during their university careers. The team name hails from the double-headed logo used for the sports teams at the University. They are all extremely passionate about sport and adventure and are fully committed to raising as much money as possible for their chosen charity as well as training to the limit in order to put themselves in reach of their ultimate team goal, to win the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. Whilst physical training has already begun for the Lions, they are fully aware that the next year and half will not only test their organizational skills but also their mental toughness once out on the Ocean as this is without doubt one of the toughest mental undertakings a team can take.
The Lions welcome you to follow their progress and campaign over the coming year and a half as increased training schedules, fundraising events and sponsorship targets unfold. They will be posting regular updates so please keep track on their website, twitter and facebook sites! For full team information and profiles please visit www.atlanticlions.com
All Beans No Monkeys(69)Team: All Beans No Monkeys
- Number: (69)
- Rower: James Timbs-Harrison, James Kendall, Liam Browning, Stuart Markland
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Ecodan
- Charity: RNLI, UNICEF and Cystic Fibrosis
- Website: http://www.allbeansnomonkeys.com
We are a team of four Ex Newcastle University students all extremely passionate about our adventure, taking the training and preparation very seriously. Whilst physical fitness is important this new adventure is without a doubt going to push our mental fitness to a whole new level! Stuart Markland (London) A seasoned semi-professional football player from south london, Stuart played for the university football team whilst working towards his degree. Stuart is now a project manager for a high profile residential property in london James Timbs-Harrison (London) Captain of the university boat club squad, James had the opportunity to work towards trials after receiving the talented athlete scholarship whilst completing his MEng engineering degree at Newcastle University. James now works for Mitsubishi Electric. Liam Browning (Fort William) An experienced sailor with time spent sailing the pacific. Liam’s marine engineering masters experience has found him managing a commercial shipping company utilising the Caladonian canal as a resource to reduce road traffic. James Kendall (Bedfordshire) Whilst completing his degree, James worked towards trials after receiving a talented athlete scholarship enabling him to consistently take the top spot during seat racing. He is now skippering pleasure boats around the Mediterranean