Team Harquebus(1)Team: Team Harquebus
- Number: (1)
- Rower: David ‘Wez’ Weston
- Country: UK
- Boat: Ravi
- Charity: British Heart Foundation & Intelligence Corps Association
- Website: http://www.atlanticrow2017.com
With his passion for the outdoors and a lust for adventure, the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the perfect fit for Wez. Not one to stand still, Wez’s recreational challenges and interests to date include 23 marathons, countless half-marathons, several endurance races, cycling, skydiving, skiing, sailing, mixed martial arts…and more recently rowing! As an Officer in the British Army with over 20 years’ service under his belt, Wez’s professional life is also far from sedate. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge promises to be truly gruelling, both physically and psychologically and it is of little surprise that more people have been into space than have rowed across the Atlantic. Wez hopes that the magnitude of this event will raise significant funds for two very worthwhile charities close to his heart. Further, if his row inspires even just one person to be more active and adventurous, he will be delighted.
Gulliver’s Travels(2)Team: Gulliver’s Travels
- Number: (2)
- Rower: Damian Browne
- Country: Ireland
- Boat: Darien
- Charity: Medecins Sans Frontiers, Madra (Ireland), Strong Roots Foundation (Rwanda)
- Website: http://www.damianbrowne.com
I have always loved extremes. For me running a marathon holds no appeal but talk to me about running 6 in 5 and half days across the Sahara desert self-supported and my ears perk up. I want to test myself mentally and physically in the most extreme conditions possible. These experiences are incredible powerful, they give you a window into corners of yourself you very rarely if ever get to see. What are the rewards from attempting to row across an ocean? I'd be lying if I didn't use the dramatic pictures of previous rowers finishing in the dark of night holding a flare aloft in triumph or the emotional images of rowers reuniting with family and friends on the dock for the first time as motivation but for me the real reward will come having committed and prepared to do something i have dreamt of doing for a long time. I believe if you are to live a happy, contented, fulfilled live you must live genuinely. So chase those dreams no matter how big they may seem, if you are a successful or fail in attaining them is inconsequential.
Nylund’s Boathouse(3)Team: Nylund’s Boathouse
- Number: (3)
- Rower: Sam Ohman
- Country: finland
- Boat: Nylund's Boathouse
- Charity: TBA
- Website: http://www.soutaenkaribialle.com
I have a little story for you. I was hiking and trail running in La Gomera in February 2016. I said many times to my spouse Satu that "I have strange feeling about this place" and "I feel like this place has some big role in my life". That feeling was very strong. Our week in La Gomera went by and I did not found any answer to my feelings. Couple of weeks after we have come home from our trip, I bumped up some documentary about ocean rowing. It was "through hell and high water" where James Cracknell and Ben Fogle did their Atlantic row. In second episode of the documentary the host tells that "start will be in the island of La Gomera" That´s it I tought! Thats the feeling I had when we were hiking. I wanna row the Atlantic! I have a strong backround in sailing and I have crossed the Atlantic in Class 40 race called "la Solidaire Du Chocolat" in 2009. I have 16 medals from National Championships in different boat classes. I have also won the Worlds in X41 class in 2012. I sure do know that sailing is not rowing but water is my element and I know ocean as an environment.
Row 4 Cancer(4)Team: Row 4 Cancer
- Number: (4)
- Rower: Mark Slats
- Country: Netherlands
- Boat: Peanuts
- Charity: AVL Foundation
- Website: http://www.markslats.nl
Having sailed three times around the world of which one time solo non-stop I truly live up to challenges and adventure. During one of these trips I encountered a solo rower across the Atlantic. The image of this rower all alone fighting the elements never left my thoughts. This year I became forty years old and realized it was time again for a major challenge. Six months ago I had never rowed seriously but this year I want to cross the ocean rowing. I was born in Darwin, Australia and moved to the Netherlands at the age of 8. However Australia never left my thoughts and I went back to my roots at the age of 23. Down under I decided to travel and during this period I was fascinated by sailing. I have always had many plans and ideas which resulted in taking up challenges with or without risks. At the moment I have my own business renovating old houses in The Netherlands. These days however I find preparing for the next Talisker Transatlantic Rowing Challenge in December, is taking up a great deal of my time. Already I’m out training 4 hours each day. My motto is “Stop thinking about it, stop dreaming, just do it and everything is possible !”. Deciding upon the charity for me was a no brainer; Cancer Research. My mother who is very proud of me and always supports me is diagnosed with lung cancer, although she never smoked and lives a healthy life.
Homeward Bound(5)Team: Homeward Bound
- Number: (5)
- Rower: Oliver Crane
- Country: USA
- Boat: SS4
- Charity: Oceana
- Website: http://www.homeward-bound.com/
I have always wanted to test my limits as much as possible both physically and mentally. With the support of my mom, an ultra-endurance athlete, I have been able to undertake a variety of physically intense adventures. To go along with that I have also always loved rowing and have rowed for my school team for the past four years. The Atlantic Challenge seems like the perfect combination of both!
The Blue Rower(6)Team: The Blue Rower
- Number: (6)
- Rower: Isaac Giesen
- Country: new zealand
- Boat: Bonney Lass
- Website: http://thebluerower.com/
The ocean is a place I’ve always found freedom and peace. Since I was 14, I’ve volunteered as a surf life guard in both New Zealand and Australia. During this time, I earned an enormous respect for the ocean and its power, and felt privileged to teach many other people the same. At 23, not wanting to follow my peers on their travels, I set off on my own path. Today, aged 24, I’ve achieved every available consumer qualification from the Royal Yachting Association, including the much-coveted Yachtmaster Ocean Stage 1, which focuses on celestial navigation. For me, this row is about taking the next step in what I hope is a lifelong relationship with my greatest love, the ocean. Why I’ve chosen my charities It was in the water I found the strength to overcome the pain of losing my Aunty and two close friends to suicide with a few years of each other.Now it could be up to 90 days I spend at sea, alone. No sails. No engine. No-one to share the journey with. The solitude might seem overwhelming, but my discomfort will only be short lived. Because for people who suffer from depression, there is no finish line. That’s why I’m rowing to raise money for the fight against depression.
- Number: (7)
- Rower: Omar Samra & Omar Nour
- Country: Egypt
- Boat: Jan
- Charity: UNDP and UNHCR
- Website: http://
Omar Samra, is an adventurer, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, future astronaut, and U.N. goodwill ambassador. He’s the first Egyptian to climb Mount Everest, the 7 Summits (the seven highest mountains of each of the seven continents) and ski to both the North and South Pole. The feat, dubbed ‘The Explorer’s Grand Slam’ has been completed by less than 40 people in history. As a public figure, Samra is best known for his passion and perseverance. Diagnosed as severely asthmatic at age 11, Samra did not let this hinder his ambitions. Since his early days of backpacking around the world in 370 days, he’s succeeded in inspiring millions to dream big and reach their full potential. Samra holds a degree in Economics from the American University in Cairo and an MBA from London Business School in Entrepreneurship. He worked as an investment banker and private equity professional in London, Hong Kong, Dubai and Cairo, before starting up his own company, Wild Guanabana, in 2009. Samra also founded and sits on the board of a children’s charity, Marwa Fayed’s Toy Run, which has touched the lives of more than 100,000 kids around the world. Omar Nour, is the first Egyptian professional triathlete in history. He represents his country in the Olympic triathlon circuit and is the fastest Arabic-speaking triathlete in the world. At the age of 29, he weighed in at 105 kg – after ripping his suit pants (twice!), he turned his life around by signing up for this first ever triathlon. Just 2 short years later, Nour earned his pro-card and started his professional triathlon career at age 31. Although Nour’s results as an athlete have elevated his profile, his approachable, lighthearted, “larger than life” personality is what makes him a crowd favorite. Nour has successfully launched his own brand “o.n.” which is synonymous to healthy living and lifestyle, and is an active motivational speaker - passionate about educating and motivating adults and children alike to pursue their dreams. Nour is an avid entrepreneur having started numerous companies with his younger brother. Most recently the duo has successfully launched Enduro Supply - a sports goods distribution company, and Ventum - the fastest time trial bicycle in the world. Nour has a triple major and pre-med degree from The John Hopkins University, and speaks Arabic, French, English and German.
Saddle Sand Sea(8)Team: Saddle Sand Sea
- Number: (8)
- Rower: Paddy Montgomery & Seamus Crawford
- Country: UK
- Boat: Saddle Sand Sea
- Charity: Prostate Project and Shooting Star Chase
- Website: http://www.saddlesandsea.com
We are two friends who lived together at University, who now work in London. We have always discussed doing a big challenge together, and finally decided to get our acts together and go for it in a big way, culminating in the TALIKSER whisky Atlantic challenge. We couldn’t be more excited about the next three years and hope you can join us for the journey!
Oardinary Boys(9)Team: Oardinary Boys
- Number: (9)
- Rower: Oliver Glanville & George Randell
- Country: UK
- Boat: Doireann
- Charity: The Against Malaria Foundation and Alzheimer's Research UK
- Website: http://www.theoardinaryboys.com/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Our motivation for rowing the Atlantic:
Although in one sense the race is a temporary escape from the pressures and habits of our lives in the UK, in a much larger sense, the excitement of the challenge is precisely that there is no escape. Just me, Oli and the ocean.
Our solitude will give us ample time for self-reflection. The challenge rewards a day by day, hour by hour grind, pushing your mental and physical limits beyond breaking point. It means keeping in good spirits whatever the danger, wherever the pain strikes, while the ones we love are back home.
As a culture, the ocean has a powerful claim on our consciousness. We fear the storms and the rolling waves which will block the horizon. We fear its depths and the ‘tooth-studded monsters’ which lie there. Neither fear will be distant, nor irrational: in the past on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, boats have been attacked by great whites, and had their hulls pierced by marlin. Yet, as JFK put it,
We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch - we are going back from whence we came.
- Number: (10)
- Rower: Andy Styles and Shaun Tubb
- Country: UK
- Boat: Carry Them Home
- Charity: Barnardos
- Website: http://www.A-Adventures.co.uk
I am at that stage of life where I'm looking for an epic challenge and was lucky enough to be asked to row the Atlantic with a good friend I think this will be truly life changing!!!
- Number: (11)
- Rower: Jon Armstrong & Jordan Beecher
- Country: UK
- Boat: Trident
- Charity: BLESMA, Gurkha Welfare Trust, Dreamflight
- Website: http://www.row2recovery.com
Jon and Jordan’s friendship started over ten years ago whilst serving in Helmand Province, Afghanistan with the Parachute Regiment. On a subsequent tour and whilst Jon had left him unattended, Jordan stepped on an IED which claimed his left leg. Since that day in 2012, Jordan has overcome extreme hardship to achieve what many would consider to be the impossible and has now won four gold medals for rowing at the Invictus Games.
After completing a 1,000 mile expedition in the Canadian High Arctic in 2015, Jon looked to the next challenge and together, he and Jordan have set their sights on the 2017 TWAC. The TWAC provides a unique opportunity to inspire those less fortunate, along with those who are confined by their own preconceived boundaries, to step outside the norm and do something amazing.
Team Noble(12)Team: Team Noble
- Number: (12)
- Rower: Kris Elliot & Allan Huntly
- Country: Scotland
- Boat: Pendovey Swift
- Charity: The Firefighters Charity
- Website: http://www.team-noble.org
We have decided to take on this massive challenge as a test of our strength and determination. We want to follow in the foot-steps of the great people that have done this before us and prove we have what it takes to row the Atlantic Ocean. We are both Firefighters from Stirling, Scotland and on the 23rd of January 2008 we sadly lost a fellow firefighter in the line of duty, We will be fundraising for the Firefighters Charity in his memory. His name was John Noble and we are Team Noble.”
- Number: (13)
- Rower: Dylan Jones & Sam Weir
- Country: Australia
- Boat: Amigo
- Charity: Make A Wish Foundation
- Website: http://www.oceanomads.com
Dylan Why I would like to do the row: Always having a strong interest in explorers who have pioneered the way for crossing oceans, mountaineering and exploring, I feel like now I need to take on a challenge of my own. I’m fortunate to be healthy, strong and capable to consider such an event that is the Talisker Whiskey Ocean Challenge, and that shouldn’t be taken for granted when there are so many other people who will never be able to do something like this. Working on yachts as a personal trainer for the last few years, I have crossed the Atlantic a few times, so this event has always appealed to me. And what better time than now! I have chosen the Make A Wish Foundation because I think being able to make a wish come true for a chid with a life threatening condition – which otherwise may not be possible, is an incredible gift to give. The process of making a wish come true for a child has a huge impact not only on the child, but also for the family, friends, donors, volunteers and various others involved. It gives the family hope during difficult times, and spreads awareness to others to value their health and that of the loved ones around them. I want everyone to recognise and appreciate their good health, as well as the opportunities that allows them, which so many take for granted. Sam Sense of adventure through adversity is what pushing the boundaries of the human body and soul is all about. Ocean Rowing to me is another unknown as an adventurist, I come from an Ultra Marathon background and once the seed was planted by Dylan Jones it has become the new driving force in being able to test the limits. I run for those who can only dream of running and will row for those who can only dream , we are in a position lucky enough in life to live a fit and healthy lifestyle, so we will take it upon ourselves to share our experiences and to motivate others to strive for greatness, Oceanomads are supporting Make a Wish foundation who make the impossible, possible for young children enduring the battle of sickness and hardships on their families and friends.
Team Remolon(14)Team: Team Remolon
- Number: (14)
- Rower: : Jorge Pena & Jesús de la Torre
- Country: Spain
- Boat: REMOLÓN
- Charity: FUNDACIÓN CRIS CONTRA EL CÁNCER
- Website: http://www.remolon.es
For a long time Jesus has dreamed of rowing across the Atlantic. This challenge is proof that it is never too late to fulfill a dream. In the year of his participation he will be 64 years old. He has been preparing for it for three years now. Initially he planned the journey to be accompanied by his friend Alberto, but Alberto fell ill a few months ago, and Jorge has taken his place. Jesus and Jorge have known each other for many years and have shared many miles of sailing. Jorge began to sail when he was 5 years old and, since then, the sea and navigation are his passions. 15 years ago he left his career as an architect to dedicate himself to professional sailing. When Alberto announced that he could not make it, Jesus, played with the idea of a solo crossing, but Jorge is his not only his friend but also an asset. The "Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge" has also become Jorge's dream now. They are looking forward to join the challenge as the first Spanish team ever in this event! Who has not had or has at this very moment a relative or close friend who suffers Cancer? That is our case. The CRIS FOUNDATION AGAINST CANCER aims to promote and fund research projects for the treatment and cure of Cancer. We know them well and we think that only investigating may solve this problem. We intend to help them, but we are nothing by ourselves. We are going to row the Atlantic to give them visibility. Your help may be of the utmost importance.
Team Tenzing(15)Team: Team Tenzing
- Number: (15)
- Rower: Max Thorpe and Chris Williams
- Country: UK
- Boat: Team Tenzing
- Charity: Cardiac Risk in the Young
- Website: http://www.tidetogether.co.uk
Our decision to take part in this immense challenge is driven by a desire to raise awareness for Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY). In Chris’s second year of University, his good friend Tommy Hardman died suddenly of an undetected heart condition. He was always a fit and healthy young man. It is also shocking to reveal that tragedies of this kind occur on average 14 times a week in the UK. CRY is even more prominent right now as high profile sportsmen including Premiership footballer Fabrice Muamba and England cricketer James Taylor have been diagnosed with heart conditions. Young people often operate on a strange sense of invincibility. Chris and I have both felt this, but its important to realise this can happen to anyone however healthy or fit they might be or might feel. CRY are focused on offering online sign ups for easily accessible local cardiac checks that include electrocardiograms and echocardiograms – fast and efficient ways of detecting heart conditions in young people. Whilst looking to prevent young sudden cardiac death (YSCD), they also do amazing work to offer support to families who have lost loved ones to the conditions. It is fantastic work they do.
Atlantic Ladies(16)Team: Atlantic Ladies
- Number: (16)
- Rower: Di Carrington, Elaine Theaker & Sharon McGrath
- Country: UK
- Boat: Poppy
- Charity: Cancer Macmillian, Motor Neurone Disease, Alzheimer's and Relapsing Polychondritis
- Website: http://www.atlanticladies.co/
Elaine: Five years ago, had someone predicted that I would be joining a team of incredibly focused, determined and inspirational women in a tiny boat to row 3,000 miles across an ocean, I would have politely suggested they go and see a doctor. But, as we know, life sometimes has a habit of presenting us with unexpected twists and turns. And so it was for me that, in 2011, I became entangled in a sequence of events that would eventually lead me to sign up for a challenge that promised to test me to my limits and beyond. Answering an advert inviting people to try the sport of rowing, I soon found myself joining Monmouth Rowing Club, being smitten with the agony and joy of learning to row, getting quickly hooked and thereafter swiftly having to balance my life as the principal of a law firm, a wife and mother of a young son with that of what I had now become; a rowing addict. Amongst the juggling of professional and domestic balls, I somehow managed to scrape enough spare time together to spend countless outings on the river Wye hoping to improve my rowing technique. And soon enough I discovered the excitement and adrenalin rush that comes from competing in regattas and other rowing events; eventually even winning a few along the way! Not content with this, however, I then sought out bigger and better challenges, eventually arriving at the point where I now find myself on this weird and wonderful journey of discovering how far I can push myself. So, from small and, seemingly, insignificant actions can grow great ambitions. Now I cannot think of anything I want more than to be in that boat with those amazing women who also get what the challenge of rowing the Atlantic is all about. As a team, the challenge now before us demands our utmost respect; not to conquer the ocean but to love it and hope it loves us back just enough to get us to the other side. And, if, one day when he’s all grown up, my son can say that his middle-aged mother inspired him to attempt things he might never have thought possible, then I will consider that to be my greatest gift to him. Di: I hit 60 recently and have two close relatives diagnosed with cancer and a friend with a life shortening condition. I needed to live & become strong. At 21 I was in the Olympic squad for white water slalom canoeing but left to take up my career. I taught outdoor pursuits for ten years by the sea. I’ve always loved the sea and canoed on it almost daily challenging my limits. I’ve skied black runs, sailed across oceans. I then learnt I couldn’t have children. I trained as a nurse working my way up the career ladder in the NHS. At 55 I had to end my career prematurely when I burnt out having given more than 100%; resulting in loss of all confidence and a body racked with pain. I was in a bad place. A team of wonderful people have helped me get well again, I now want to give something back to society. To do this challenge with three other lovely ladies is a way for me to focus on something that will fulfil several needs: I have something positive to focus on; I can help others by raising money for charity; I will regain lost confidence, giving me strength to care for those I love in difficult times; I can show women of my age that we are not too old to do what we want to do. Life is too short to not live it to the full and I want to prove that I can do something. I set out to gather a lovely team of ladies as close to my age as possible who would be passionate about doing this massive challenge with me. I want to inspire women and show them that we are never too old to do what we want to do. I want to help them embrace the courage to leave sight of the shore and to accomplish great things. Sharon: I am a wife, mother and full time Midwife / Nurse who has enjoyed working for the NHS for the last 36 yrs. I have always been interested in health and fitness and love running, cycling and attend the gym as often as possible in between juggling work and home life. I have embarked on a couple of challenges over the last few years, one year I completed the London marathon raising money for Breast cancer care and a few years later joined a team of cyclists who cycled from John O Groats to lands’ end in 1 week, this raised money for Cancer research.During a recent visit to the gym I was asked by a fellow gym buddy if I would like to be part of a “mature” ladies team to row the Atlantic? My initial response was “Wow! What an amazing experience and challenge!” After a few days of research I realised just how tough the challenge would be – Rowing 3000miles from La Gomera to Antigua can take as long as 70+ days, rowing 2 hours on with 2 hours off 24 hrs a day with the risk of storms, huge waves, the risk of capsizing, having to swim under the boat to clean off the barnacles, my fear of sharks!! Etc.Despite the reality of the challenge, I am so grateful that I have been asked to join the Atlantic Ladies team. I have started my rowing adventure by joining a local rowing club and am looking forward to embarking on what will be the biggest challenge of my life and at the same time be raising money for worthwhile charities. I am at an age now where I appreciate how very fortunate I am to continue to enjoy good health and realise how life’s circumstances can quickly change. This challenge for me is about celebrating life and showing that you are never too old to learn something new and to challenge yourself.
- Number: (17)
- Rower: Sophie Stabell, Camilla Bull, Cornelia Bull & Hege Svendsberget
- Country: Norway
- Boat: Ellida
- Charity: Right To Play
- Website: http://www.rowegians.com/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Although two Norwegians were the first to row across the Atlantic, only four have completed the challenge since. All of which were men! We are a team of four Norwegian women eager to embark on this adventure. We are all friends from Oslo and Camilla and Cornelia are sisters. Between the four of us we have experience from sailing, skiing and a little bit of rowing. Currently training in the Oslo fjord to be able to call ourselves real rowers!Are chosen charity is Right To Play, a global organization that attempts to teach children in need with educational games
The Four Oarsmen(18)Team: The Four Oarsmen
- Number: (18)
- Rower: George Biggar, Peter Robinson, Stuart Watts, Richard Taylor
- Country: UK
- Boat: AEgir
- Charity: Mind & Spinal Research
- Website: http://www.thefouroarsmen.com
THE AIM To make a real difference for two great causes by raising as much money and awareness as possible for MIND and Spinal Research. THE CHALLENGE The Four Oarsmen will put their bodies, minds and souls to the ultimate test by taking on one of the world's greatest physical challenges, rowing unaided for 3,000 miles across the unforgiving Atlantic Ocean.
- Number: (19)
- Rower: John Evan Morgan, Hugo Thompson, Joel Wood & Monty Williams
- Country: wales
- Boat: Tiny Dancer
- Charity: Diabetes Uk
- Website: http://www.oarstruck.com
We have known about the row for a few years and always thought it was the next step to go for. John and Hugo have done a fair bit of climbing and so were looking for something different to push them. We have chosen the charity as Hugo last year ( a week before doing a high altitude mountain) found out that he is type 1 diabetic so it seems the right choice.
Team Antigua(20)Team: Team Antigua
- Number: (20)
- Rower: Eli Fuller, John Watts, Nico Psihoyos & Scott Potter
- Country: Antiguna
- Boat: Jean Mary
- Charity: EAG (Environmental Awareness Group Antigua)
- Website: https://www.teamantiguabarbuda.com
John, Nico, and myself (Eli) were fishing together 10 years ago 30 miles east of Antigua when we saw a rowboat and two scruffy men coming in. It sparked our adventurous interest. Since then we have seen others make the journey including our famous team Wadadli. We followed all the teams last year without saying or admitting that we wanted to do it. We have each grown up on the sea doing things like fishing, sailing, diving, boating, surfing windsurfing, kitesurfing and exploring, and all of us love adventure and challenges. It was Captain Nick of Team Wadadli who said that he wanted another team to continue the legacy of Antiguans roaring across the Atlantic. We were actually contacted by a potential sponsor in May who asked us to start a team. We didn't need much more encouragement after that happened. As we all make a living on the sea, it was Nico's idea to have a marine conservation type charity as our own. We are looking at a reef restoration project here in Antigua as a project for our charity.
Nuts over the Atlantic(21)Team: Nuts over the Atlantic
- Number: (21)
- Rower: Jon Lakin, Mark Gibson, Steve Baker & Dan Baker
- Country: UK
- Boat: The Nutilus
- Charity: Movember Foundation
- Website: http://www.nutsovertheatlantic.co.uk
We’re four friends that, between us, have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, run a marathon in the Arctic Circle, kayaked down the Zambezi and driven a Mototaxi across Peru. From the day we met we decided to undertake increasingly daring challenges with two aims in mind; to inspire others to say “why not” and to help #StopMenDyingTooYoung. We want others to reply “why not” when asked to take part in something because we understand that one of the best ways to improve mental and physical health is to set personal goals. We want to help combat men dying too young because we know just how savage, and yet not commonly talked about, four of the biggest killers in men worldwide; prostate cancer, testicular cancer, suicide and physical inactivity are. Our captain Mark was diagnosed with severe scoliosis at the age of 12. After undergoing two operations, a week in traction, six months in a back brace and two years out of any physical activity his self-esteem plummeted. Instead of talking about it he did what most men do and suffered in silence. It was only after a chance meeting with some incredible guys at University that he realised men don’t need to be alone. The Baker brother’s, our designated Medic Steve and Navigator Dan, understand more than most that the issues facing men’s health are yet to receive the respect they deserve. Their family has lost close members to prostate cancer and, as well as Jon, our final crew member, have seen first-hand the impacts of testicular cancer, mental health and suicide on childhood friends. We know our aims are lofty so there was only one charity we could partner with. With its focus on the issues that have personally affected us and targets as ambitious as ours, it could only be The Movember Foundation. Since 2003 the Movember Foundation have raised over £443 million to fund in excess of 1,200 men’s health projects worldwide. By 2030 they aim to; reduce the number of men dying prematurely by 25%; halve the number of men dying from prostate and testicular cancer and reduce the rate of male suicides by 25%. We are rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to smash our aims. We are rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic to help Movember smash theirs. We are rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic because…why not.
Kung Fu Cha-Cha(22)Team: Kung Fu Cha-Cha
- Number: (22)
- Rower: Amber Li, Sarah Meng, Cloris Chen & Tina Liang
- Country: China
- Boat: Jasmine 2
- Charity: Teach for China
- Website: https://www.stu.edu.cn/kungfuchacha/
We are four young women who forged lifelong friendship with each other as undergraduates at Shantou University in Guangdong Province.This area is best known for "Kung Fu Tea", a ritual of brewing tea that is now a recognized cultural heritage for the region. "Cha" is tea in Chinese, and with the extreme demands required of us to complete this Atlantic Row, we adopted the spirit of "Kung Fu" which in martial arts, pushes ones capabilities beyond limits previously thought possible. That is what we want to achieve!
Carbon Zerow(23)Team: Carbon Zerow
- Number: (23)
- Rower: Brian Kerr, Kyle Smith, James Lamb and Phil Van Benthen
- Country: UK,USA
- Boat: Layla
- Charity: World Land Trust
- Website: http://www.carbonzerow.org
On December 12th, 2017, Kyle, James, Brian, and Philip will be stepping off the dry land of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, embarking on one of the greatest endurance challenges on earth. For the next 40+ days they will be rowing a 9-meter-long boat 24 hours a day, equipped with all of the food, water, and navigation equipment they'll need to cross the Atlantic under their own power. Once they arrive in Antigua in the Caribbean, they will have been the first certified carbon neutral expedition to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Their passion for the environment goes beyond their carbon neutral pledge; the team are raising funds for the exceptional conservation work that the World Land Trust undertakes around the world.
Wight Lightning(24)Team: Wight Lightning
- Number: (24)
- Rower: Will Whitehead, Mark Brownjohn, Roger McCarthy & Dan Warner
- Country: UK
- Boat: Wight Lightning
- Charity: Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust, Ability Dogs 4 Young People
- Website: http://wightlightning.com/
Wight Lightning are the Isle of Wight’s first ocean rowing team. A real mixed bag, the crew came together through a charity row to the island in kid’s rubber dinghies. Their ages range from Will Whitehead (23), Dan Warner (29), Roger McCarthy (43) to Mark Brownjohn (59). They’re raising money for two island charities, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and Ability Dogs 4 Young People.
Atlantic 4(25)Team: Atlantic 4
- Number: (25)
- Rower: Andrei Rosu, Vasile Osean, Marius Alexe & Ionut Olteanu
- Country: romania
- Boat: Maria
- Charity: Hospice Casa Sperantei
- Website: http://www.atlantic4.ro
It is not about the destination, it is about the voyage and the transformational process. This challenge will certainly help us reach a limitless and fearless version of ourselves.
Swiss Mocean(26)Team: Swiss Mocean
- Number: (26)
- Rower: Marlin Strub, Laurenz Elsasser, Luca Baltensperger & Yves Schultheiss
- Country: Switzerland
- Boat: Mrs Nelson
- Charity: Abandonati
- Website: http://www.swissmocean.com
We are four friends who met in the military and have stayed in close touch ever since. All of us love being challenged and crave to test and expand our limits. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge provides the perfect opportunity to partake in the adventure of a lifetime while pushing the edge of human performance. The ability to combine this with a great cause in supporting a charity makes this race all the more appealing to us. We are absolutely thrilled to train hard for the next three years in order to cross the atlantic ocean as fast as possible.
Home to Portrush(27)Team: Home to Portrush
- Number: (27)
- Rower: George McAlpin, Ally Cooper, Gareth Barton & Luke Baker
- Country: Northern Ireland
- Boat: Home to Portrush
- Charity: Port rush Lifeboat
- Website: http://www.facebook.com/HometoPortrush/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:George McAlpinFamily man George is team captain and a man who excels at challenges. Business man, former motor racer, marathon runner and always last man standing, George is the engine of the team and also chief motivator. Talks are ongoing as he is trying to persuade the rest of the team that an onboard DJ and wide screen TV is actually within the rules.Ally CooperA giant figure with training in his veins Ally has used the Concept2 indoor rower as the main focus of his training for many years. Always up for a challenge and no greater than the Atlantic, Ally a former sports science lecturer and currently a personal trainer has taken time out from his MSc in Sports Nutrition to concentrate his focus on the row. His strength and never give up attitude will serve the team well.Luke BakerHeritage is questionable but this all Northern Ireland team are assured that Luke’s great Auntie’s third uncle once played keepy uppy with George Best… which qualifies him as an honorary Ulsterman. Luke has an incredible CV, although most of it is hidden under the official secrets act. A true man of adventure, endurance, challenge and the sole member of the crew with on the water experience. Luke has been hand picked for Home to Portrush for his experience, never give up attitude and phenomenal stamina and unquestionable good look (his own words).Gareth ‘Bertie’ BartonThe boy wonder… a two legged greyhound. Stamina is his middle name. Sporting achievements include numerous marathons, football heroics and second in the Portrush raft race. The youngest member of the team and his biggest challenge to date, Gareth is a true team player and is loving the training and camaraderie. Always keen to learn and encourage his team mates, Bertie was talked into the challenge by telling him that there are four females for every man in Antigua, we believe he is nearly half way there already.The charityPortrush Lifeboat.The local lifeboat is manned totally by volunteers and can be called upon 365 days and nights of the year. Leaving loved ones behind to help others in all weathers in the cruellest of seas. Saving lives is their priority and every single penny raised will help, whether with fuel, uniforms and day to day running costs. Each shout costs approximately £6000.
- Number: (28)
- Rower: Sean Underwood, Eoin O'Farrell, Tommy Browne & Pat O'Connor
- Country: Ireland
- Boat: Saoirse
- Charity: Cork University Hospital Paediatric Department
- Website: http://www.relentless.ie
They say that you don’t choose dreams, rather they choose you. Five years ago Sean stumbled upon one such dream, but it took him four more years to find three friends foolish enough to chase it alongside him. This December follow four misguided and overly-confident Cork lads as they set out to break the World Record in crossing the Atlantic by rowboat. From La Gomera (think Canaries) to Antigua (think Bahamas) these eejits will brave cold winds, high storms and each other's company whilst in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Race. Interested in keeping up? They'll be learning how to employ all the social media things the kids are using these days - FB, tweeter, utube and snapchat. So get in touch and send us a twit!