Tame the Kraken (US)(1)Team: Tame the Kraken (US)
- Number: (1)
- Rower: Tim Crockett
- Country: USA,UK
- Boat Design: Tame the Kraken
- Charity: Combat Stress & Give an Hour
- Website: https://www.tamethekraken.com/
The Boat - Why name the boat ‘The Kraken’? The Kraken is a mythical sea creature found to have its origins in Norse mythology. Believed to have immense power, enough to sink enormous ships by wrapping its tentacles around the hull before dragging it into the depths of the ocean.
History has made it easy to relate the Kraken to something dark, feared and misunderstood. And just as the Kraken was misunderstood all too often so is someone suffering from PTSD, who is likely wrestling with his or her own dark monster being dragged down into the Abyss.
To some the Kraken symbolizes power, not necessarily physical strength but an inner strength and just like an octopus, the Kraken is thought to have the ability to regenerate a lost limb and grow.
My boat ‘The Kraken’ symbolizes the struggle many experience when dealing with mental health issues and PTSD, those that have gone through or are dealing with the effects brought on by traumatic events need to know that just like the limbs of the Kraken can grow back so should one’s life continue to grow after a difficult phase.
Help me and join the Mission to help ‘TAME THE KRAKEN’
Row to Raise (UK)(2)Team: Row to Raise (UK)
- Number: (2)
- Rower: Kelda Wood
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Storm Petrel
- Charity: Climbing Out
- Website: http://www.rowtoraise.com/
I’ve been on a huge journey since my own life changing injury in 2002: a journey that’s included being a member of the GB Paracanoe Squad, setting up the charity Climbing Out, and summiting Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America. I now want to support others to find the same confidence and self belief that I’ve found through my journey.......and that’s why I'm going to row the Atlantic! Everyone told me that with my leg injury, it wouldn't be possible to climb Acongagua....but with a few adaptions and a bit of determination, it was! I came back passionate about inspiring others that physical and mental trauma may be life changing, but it doesn't have to be life ending! Having being told about the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge I realised that doing it solo...especially as an adaptive solo, would not only be the ultimate challenge, but would also give me a platform to hopefully inspire and motivate others facing life changing injury, illness or trauma I also aim to raise awareness about relevant support networks available. Each day I'm on the ocean I’ll be rowing for a different young person, sharing their stories and links to relevant charities and organisations that provide support. I also aim to raise over £50,000 for Climbing Out, the charity I set up in 2010 that runs 5 day outdoor activity programmes aimed at rebuilding confidence and self esteem in young people facing life changing injury, illness or trauma. Here’s a link to a short video about the Row to Raise story: R2R - The Story: https://youtu.be/bl1hhkIXH9U Row to Raise: Raising Hope - Raising Awareness - Raising Funds
The Blue Rower (NZ)(3)Team: The Blue Rower (NZ)
- Number: (3)
- Rower: Isaac Giesen
- Country: new zealand
- Boat Design: Bonnie Lass
- Charity: Brave Hearts, Black Dog and Victim Support
- Website: http://www.thebluerower.com/
Due to not having enough qualifying row hours and the weather, not being allowed to race in the 2017/2018 Atlantic Challenge was a disappointing start to the year for Isaac. A late-night phone call changed that… A team of rowers from the Faroe Islands needed an 11thhour replacement for their independent trans-Atlantic expedition! On May 12ththe crew landed in Cuba, 74 days and 7,700 kms after leaving Portugal. It was a wild ride: five storms, equipment failure, two crew members dropping out, and one nasty stomach bug. But the whole experience cemented Isaac’s determination to compete in the 2018/2019 Atlantic Challenge solo row. Despite the setbacks, he’s still on track to be the first New Zealander to row solo across the Atlantic. The silver lining is that now he’ll also be the Kiwi to complete the journey twice in one year. To read about Isaac’s motivation and the charities he’s raising money for, head to THEBLUEROWER.COM
Different Worlds (AUS)(4)Team: Different Worlds (AUS)
- Number: (4)
- Rower: Michelle Lee
- Country: Australia
- Boat Design: RV Australian Maid
- Charity: N/A
- Website: http://Facebook - Different Worlds - Michelle Million Metre Row + Atlantic Ocean Row
Some might say I have a slightly competitive nature 🙂 I'm really just an ordinary woman attempting to do the extraordinary - I'm striving to be the first Australia’s First Female to row Solo across the Atlantic Ocean. This year I face my biggest challenge fueled by passion, reinforced with determination and integrity.
The Wild Oarsman (UK, IT, AT)(5)Team: The Wild Oarsman (UK, IT, AT)
- Number: (5)
- Rower: Lukas Haitzmann
- Country: UK,Italy,Austria
- Boat Design: Cosimo
- Charity: Coming Soon!
- Website: http://www.thewildoarsman.com
Most people say I’m crazy, why embark in such an impossible challenge? I have also asked myself this question. The answer to me seems straightforward. I suffer from dyslexia and my opportunities often appear to be limited by this. I, therefore, have a strong wish to challenge this perception and would like to put my mental and physical abilities to the ultimate test.
I know it sounds a bit cliche, but I also want people to understand that anything is possible if you put your heart and mind into it, and I cant think of a better way to prove it than for an ordinary 18-year-old to row across the Atlantic and become the youngest person to ever do it alone.
Atlantic Albatross (UK)(6)Team: Atlantic Albatross (UK)
- Number: (6)
- Rower: Lizzie Gill & Mark Agnew
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Blue Steel
- Charity: Eikon, The RAF Benevolent Fund, Dyslexia Scotland & Whale and Dolphin Conservation
- Website: http://www.atlanticalbatross.com
How many people does it take to row the Atlantic? In our case a school! Atlantic Albatross are a unique team comprising of two rowers and over 40 students from Fullbrook School in Surrey. Together we are preparing to take on the challenge of crossing the Atlantic as a mixed pair in the fastest possible time. Lizzie Gill, a teacher at Fullbrook, set up the team in September 2015 with the aim to inspire young people at her school, create opportunities for students to learn practical skills in campaign management, sponsorship and media and to raise money for our chosen charities. Eikon is a charity that supports young people across Surrey to ensure whatever a child’s background or start in life, they can learn to be resilient and successful, and the charity is based at our school. The RAF Benevolent fund is also close to our hearts and we are keen to show our respect for current and ex-service men and women, and to raise funds for an organisation that provides them with such a high level of support. Mark Agnew, a journalist in Hong Kong, has been trying to row the Atlantic for years but has been unable to find the right team. But luck and timing led him to Atlantic Albatross. He is determined not just to endure but to enjoy the crossing. As a dyslexic, it is a miracle that Mark is a journalist. But with the best help available Mark was able to pursue his dream of writing and he hopes the same will be true for other dyslexics by supporting the work of Dyslexia Scotland. Hong Kong faces a serious plastic pollution problem, and since moving there Mark has found himself at the center of the anti-single-use-plastic movement. He believes that by supporting Whale and Dolphin Conservation he will continue the task of reducing plastic waste and protecting marine environments.
The Wolfpack Gym powered by Garmin (DK)(7)Team: The Wolfpack Gym powered by Garmin (DK)
- Number: (7)
- Rower: Mads Vangsø & Lasse Hansen
- Country: Denmark
- Boat Design: The Wolf
- Charity: UNICEF
- Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheWolfpackGymTeam/
Why does someone decide to row 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean? For us, Mads and Lasse, it is most of all a coincidence. We both want to live life to the fullest and do not want to turn down any opportunity of making that life a wonderful journey. Mads ran one of the 4 Desertsraces a few years back. He did it as a milestone to indicate a change in his lifestyle and also to discover his physical and mental boundaries. After the race Mads searched for new adventures and by a coincidence came across the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. That is basically how this journey started. Lasse joined the team after being asked and with a love of adventures it was a perfect match! Lasse has, unlike Mads, never participated in any extreme sports events, but with a background in the military and a number of deployments, he still has some applicable experience. We, The Wolfpack Gym Team, are participating in this year’s Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge because we are deeply in love with life and we want to make it extraordinary. We want to move our own boundaries and constantly want to challenge ourselves through adventures and magnificent journeys. We are curious about what is out there in the middle of the Atlantic and how it will affect us. Finally we have chosen to support UNICEF and their ongoing work for children’s rights. We want to support them in something that we truly believe can make a difference all around the world. Please follow us on our journey into the unknown.
Grandads of the Atlantic (UK)(8)Team: Grandads of the Atlantic (UK)
- Number: (8)
- Rower: Neil Young & Peter Ketley
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Pegasus
- Charity: Dreams Come True, Royal British Legion Industries (RBLI) & Support Our Paras
- Website: http://www.grandadsoftheatlantic.com/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Can 40 years of friendship and Parachute Regiment training help two Grandads to become the oldest pair to row across the Atlantic and raise £250k for charity?Neil Young and and Peter Ketley are both over 60. They have no nautical experience and have NEVER ROWED BEFORE. They will need to rely on the same hard-earned Parachute Regiment ‘mettle’ that served Sergeant Chay Blyth and Captain John Ridgway when they conquered the Atlantic back in 1966… utrinque paratus!
Au Large – L’Atlantique en Solidaire (FR)(9)Team: Au Large – L’Atlantique en Solidaire (FR)
- Number: (9)
- Rower: Nicolas Saint-Bris and Guillaume Barrage
- Country: france
- Boat Design: Sogno Atlantico
- Charity: L'école à l'hôpital
- Website: https://www.atlantique-en-solidaire.fr/welcome-aboard
Our friendship started on a boat. We competed for the French University Rowing Championship together, alongside seven other nuts. It taught us to embrace our differences and to trust each other. It taught us to push back our limits, both physically and mentally, for the sake of the crew. And we are not ready to stop there. So let’s row the Atlantic Ocean!
Whale Of A Time (UK)(10)Team: Whale Of A Time (UK)
- Number: (10)
- Rower: Jemma Rix & Lauren Woodwiss
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Boudicea
- Charity: Cancer Research UK and The Mintridge Foundation.
- Website: http://www.whaleofatime.co.uk/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Jemma and Lauren met 10 years ago at Reading University Hockey Club initiations.Having completed many challenges together, they somehow found themselves deciding that rowing across the Atlantic was the next sensible (!) challenge to take on, and are looking forward to testing themselves both physically and mentally.With zero rowing experience and having not got enough mates to fill a 4-man boat, the decision was made to row as a pair. If all goes to plan, the girls are aiming to successfully complete the crossing and also break the women's pairs World Record in the process.When not working or rowing, the girls are in the kitchen dehydrating food ready for their time at sea. Both big foodies, they're making all of their food provisions themselves out of surplus food, showing support to their chosen charity FareShare in their bid to address the global food waste problem. The girls are also supporting Cancer Research UK and The Mintridge Foundation.You can follow their adventure via their website or their Instagram and Twitter feeds @whaleofatimerow.
Status Row (UK)(11)Team: Status Row (UK)
- Number: (11)
- Rower: Susan Ronaldson, Caroline Wilson & Jessica Rego
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Poppy
- Charity: Marine Conservation Society
- Website: http://www.statusrow.com/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:What do rowing across the Atlantic and tackling the world’s plastic problem have in common? Both seem impossible until you realise they’re just a series of small actions, together making a world of difference. We are three women with no prior rowing experience, but powered by a belief that ordinary people can do extraordinary things. We are rowing in support of the Marine Conservation Society’s ‘Clean Seas’ programme, to help educate and inspire everyday action.8 million tonnes of plastic is dumped into our oceans each year, killing thousands of marine animals and raising questions about the safety of our seafood and water supplies. It’s not too late to change this. The solution starts with questioning the normalcy of single use plastic and encouraging everyone to change their habits. We will use this row as a platform to share our message.
Transatlantic Traffords (UK)(12)Team: Transatlantic Traffords (UK)
- Number: (12)
- Rower: James Trafford, Hugo Trafford & Joe Trafford
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: St Christopher's of Poole
- Charity: St Christopher’s Hospice
- Website: http://www.transatlantictraffords.com
Rowing in shifts: two hours rowing, two hours rest, all day and night, every day, for at least two months. That’s the challenge we need to meet to row across the Atlantic Ocean and raise money for a cause close to our hearts; St Christopher’s Hospice.
St Christopher’s helps people live their lives to the full, supporting them and their families through terminal illness. Based in South East London, the world-renowned hospice has a teaching programme that shares its expertise with people caring for the dying and bereaved across the UK and also around the world; helping to shape the way that we are all cared for at the end of life.
To support the hospice, we will be rowing 3,000 miles, with all our supplies and equipment on-board, and no contact with the world except the occasional satellite phone call. The physical training is arduous, but the mental preparation for one of the toughest challenges in sport is probably the biggest hurdle.
Oar Inspiring (UK)(13)Team: Oar Inspiring (UK)
- Number: (13)
- Rower: Caspar Thorp, Toby Thorp, Justin Eveleigh & George Blandford
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Oar Inspiring
- Charity: Starlight Children's Foundation
- Website: http://www.oarinspiring.com/
Oar Inspiring is made up of Justin Evelegh, George Blandford and brothers Caspar and Toby Thorp. We were looking for something that would take us out of our comfort zones and there is no doubt that the Atlantic Ocean will put us to the test both mentally and physically. Importantly, this endurance challenge will help us reach our target of raising enough money to fund a year’s worth of wishes, a wish a week, for terminally ill children on behalf of Starlight Children’s Foundation. Away from our day jobs we have a range of skills from yacht master to helicopter pilot, ski instructor and endurance athlete. Combined this is a first for all of us and will certainly put us to the test. We have set the bar high, want to give something back and this is the biggest challenge yet any of us have faced
The Dutch Atlantic Four (NL)(14)Team: The Dutch Atlantic Four (NL)
- Number: (14)
- Rower: Marcel Ates, Erik Koning, David de Bruijn and Bart Adema
- Country: Netherlands
- Boat Design: Rose
- Charity: Kika
- Website: http://www.dutchatlanticfour.com/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:We are the Dutch Atlantic Four.4 ordinary men from the LOWLANDS sharing a big dream to conquer the HIGH SEAS.The four of us have been rowing in fixed seat lifeboats for several years, rowing in the Dutch competition and races all throughout Europe.In 2014 we rowed the Zhigulevskaya Krugosvetka “the crazy river race“. A 145km long non-stop race on the Volga river in Russia. When Erik & David were interviewed in a local Russian Newspaper they bluffed that their next adventure would be rowing an ocean. Not knowing that when Bart & Marcel joined the bluf things started to become real… We met Ralph Tuijn who transferred his love of ocean rowing to us. When we found out about the Talisker Atlantic Challenge we were hooked and signed up for the race. The biggest adventure of our lives begins.We realise how extremely fortunate we are being able to undertake this epic adventure. Therefore we want our crossing to contribute in giving other people a chance on a healthy and stable future. We have selected two charities, which we feel connected to:Kika (childrens cancer research):Precious plastic:
Row for the Ocean (UK)(15)Team: Row for the Ocean (UK)
- Number: (15)
- Rower: Kirsty Barker, Kate Salmon, Laura Try & Rosalind West
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Liberty of Essex
- Charity: Surfers Against Sewage
- Website: http://www.rowfortheocean.co.uk/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Kirsty, Ros and Kate all met at the local rowing club and we met Laura last year after she’d rowed around Great Britain. United by our love for the ocean and competition we decided to get off the river and onto the ocean and make the leap from 2km to 5000km.Kate is a climate scientist and current gig rowing record holder for crossing the Channel. Kirsty is a landscape architect and loves playing rugby. Ros is a physio, has run marathons, triathlons and Laura is a social media consultant and has competed in many endurance events.Living in Devon we love the ocean, but it’s choking from plastic pollution. We are rowing to save our seas and are supporting Surfers Against Sewage to regain Plastic Free Coastlines.
Row Row Row Our Boat (UK)(16)Team: Row Row Row Our Boat (UK)
- Number: (16)
- Rower: Andrew Williams, Nick Wright, Johnny Bayley & Andrew Burns
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Emma
- Charity: Over the wall and Bosom Buddies (Juniper Trust)
- Website: http://www.r3ob.com
TEAM DESCRIPTION:We are looking forward to a fantastic, life affirming experience. We are 4 people who relish a challenge that goes beyond just the physical. Whilst rowing 3000 miles will push us to our physical limits, we also want to set our minds to the task of planning, organising and delivering this feat. We are competitive individuals and will use this to drive us on during fundraising and during the event itself. Our enduring aspiration is to show that adventure is out there for everyone who wants to take it - we hope to inspire others to try things they never thought possible.We have chosen our charities because they both speak to our values, and hold a personal connections. 'Over the wall' encapsulates our ideals that adventure, the great outdoors and comradeship can be available for everyone, especially children. The charity does fantastic work building up very poorly children's self esteem and self worth by engaging them in outdoor 'adventures' that was previously thought to be beyond them - we love this idea.The Juniper trust conducts cancer research and treatment and holds a special place in one of our rowers hearts for the work they did with his family. They are entirely funded by donations and we want to help them continue to make a difference in people's live
Fight Oar Die (USA)(17)Team: Fight Oar Die (USA)
- Number: (17)
- Rower: Alex Evans, Beau Maier, Bryant Knight & Chris Kuntz
- Country: USA
- Boat Design: Woobie
- Charity: Fight Oar Die
- Website: http://www.usvetrow.com
Fight Oar Die is an all-American, Military Veteran, ocean rowing team who will compete in the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge with two goals: (1) Fight Oar Die will complete a trans-Atlantic Rowing expedition in 2018, and (2) Fight Oar Die will develop a sustainable program of ocean-rowing programming allowing future teams of U.S. Military/Veteran personnel to engage in this activity in the following years. Fight Oar Die has one ultimate mission in all programming that it develops, conducts, and supports. Fight Oar Die’s ultimate mission is to champion any effort at increasing awareness of and support for the cognitive, behavioral, and physical health of U.S. Military/Veteran personnel. By partnering with scientific efforts, clinical programs, and the Military/Veteran community, Fight Oar Die will advocate for the health and functioning of Military/Veteran personnel and simultaneously provide a platform for these personnel to engage in the exciting activity of trans- Atlantic expeditions. As an organization, Fight Oar Die aims and will structure all efforts towards developing and increasing the functioning and wellbeing of all Military/Veteran personnel through physical activity, exciting exposure to the outdoor environment, and teamwork.
Atlantic Seamen (UK)(18)Team: Atlantic Seamen (UK)
- Number: (18)
- Rower: Jon Davis, Alex Fawcett, Andy Grant and Andrew Berry
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: SS2
- Charity: Urology Foundation
- Website: http://www.atlanticseamen.com
The Atlantic Seamen are four Cornish friends with a shared interest in taking on the extraordinary challenge of rowing 3000 miles across the open ocean as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge! They are rowing the ocean in support of two important causes. Firstly, The Urology Foundation, a vital charity who raise funds to enable research into all urological diseases including prostate, kidney and bladder cancer. Secondly, the Children’s Hospice Southwest who provide hospice care for children with life limiting conditions and their whole families across the southwest. The Children’s Hospice is a charity particularly close to the team as Jon’s nephew has been a patient at the hospice since birth and his family have first-hand experience of the amazing service they provide. Despite battling the onset of middle age, the four dads see themselves as a very competitive team! With several endurance events under their belts including Ironman races, far flung ultra-marathons and long-distance cycle rides they feel rowing an ocean is the next logical step. the team look forward to sore hands, sore bottoms and monster waves, bring it on! Aside from the obvious challenge of winning the race and raising as much money as possible for their charities they have one further ambition…. To catch a big fish on the way across! With their wonderful wives and a small army of children as their support crew the Atlantic Seamen’s crossing preparation is well under way. They are currently looking for sponsor support, details on their website, so come on board and join the adventure!
MAD 4 Waves (SA)(19)Team: MAD 4 Waves (SA)
- Number: (19)
- Rower: Grant Soll, Cole Barnard, Lee Gordon & Matthew Boynton
- Country: South Africa
- Boat Design: Jasmine 2
- Charity: MAD Leadership Foundation
- Website: http://mad4waves.com
TEAM DESCRIPTION:MAD 4 Waves are a crew of four close mates, who are coming together to battle one of the toughest challenges on Earth: Rowing across the Atlantic Ocean. Cole, Grant, Lee and Matthew all attended school at Bishops Diocesan College and are currently in their third year of studies at the University of Cape Town. The boys are also stalwart rowers with a great love for the sport. Whilst there can be no comparison between the prodigious scale of rowing an ocean and racing down a 2km course, the boys are no strangers to pushing themselves both physically and mentally.Why we would like to do the row: The boys, whilst driven to achieve something truly great and share an experience together beyond comparison, are setting out to spark a catalyst for the youth of South Africa. Team MAD 4 Waves aim to encourage the youth of South Africa to go out and be ambitious; push the limits of what is thought impossible and ultimately use this drive to better South Africa, one step at a time.Why we chose our charity: Further driving their passion for rowing across the Atlantic, is the desire to make a difference in the world. The boys have partnered with MAD Leadership Foundation and will be raising funds in an effort to put a propitious child from a less fortunate background through a quality education system.
Astro to Atlantic (UK)(20)Team: Astro to Atlantic (UK)
- Number: (20)
- Rower: Helen Symons, Louise Read, Chloe Harvey & Emily Read
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Huntress
- Charity: Devon Air Ambulance Trust
- Website: http://www.astro-to-atlantic.co.uk
Already team mates on the hockey pitch, we are swapping our hockey sticks for oars to take on the Atlantic. Having played hockey together for the past twelve years (even longer for the two more mature members in our midst!) we are a team both on and off the pitch, united not only in our love for hockey, but also in our thirst for a challenge. The Atlantic is certainly a huge challenge and we are out to prove that we can push ourselves to the limit, both physically and mentally. We will be rowing for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Having been lucky enough to be born and bred in Devon; a huge county with two epic coastlines, hundreds of villages and acres of rural wilderness. The geography can make emergency rescues incredibly complicated. Sometimes people in need of urgent medical support cannot be reached by road, and other times it would simply take too long to reach a patient by normal ambulance. Devon Air Ambulance Trust, with its two helicopters, can be anywhere in the county within minutes. The patients Devon Air Ambulance help to save are ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances. We hope, by choosing Devon Air Ambulance Trust as our charity, we can help to generate more funds and allow their incredibly important ‘night time is flight time’ campaign to be a success.
Team Antigua – The Island Girls (AG)(21)Team: Team Antigua – The Island Girls (AG)
- Number: (21)
- Rower: Kevinia Francis, Junella King, Samara Emmanuel, Christal Clashing & Elvira Bell
- Country: Antigua
- Boat Design: Jean Mary
- Charity: Cottage of Hope
- Website: http://www.antiguabarbudaislandgirls.com
Heads Together and Row (UK)(22)Team: Heads Together and Row (UK)
- Number: (22)
- Rower: Toby Gould, Jeremy Reynolds, Justin Coleman and Alison Wannell
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Trilogy
- Charity: Mind, Combat Stress and Marine Conservation Society.
- Website: http://www.headstogetherandrow.org.uk/
What do a lettings agent, an emergency response planner, a stand up comic and the Deputy Head of London Resilience have in common? They all have a passion to row the Atlantic. The row has been on lettings agent Alison's radar for some time and she'd like to make it across before her 40th birthday in February 2018. Emergency response planner Jeremy's 7 years in the army have left him well prepared for the rigours of the adventure, while for stand up comic Justin, a previous failure at the crossing and a 50th birthday receding in to the distance are proving a powerful incentive. Deputy Head of London Resilience Toby, meanwhile, is undertaking the row for the personal challenge of rowing an ocean and to raise awareness of, and funding for, mental health.
Atlantic Discovery (UK,SA)(23)Team: Atlantic Discovery (UK,SA)
- Number: (23)
- Rower: Isaac Kenyon, Ben Ajayi-Obe, Cameron Parker and Jack Hopkins
- Country: UK,South Africa
- Boat Design: Ellida
- Charity: The MS Society and Berkshire MS Therapy Centre
- Website: http://www.atlanticdiscovery.co.uk
TEAM DESCRIPTION:There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” Nelson MandelaFour different people : an extreme journey : one goalAtlantic Discovery is a crew, passionate to test themselves, and each other, against the earth’s most powerful elements.
We are determined to complete the race. And, we are unwavering in our commitment to raise £60K for Multiple Sclerosis. Follow us.
- Ben’s mum Rose, who has MS, is his inspiration to cross the Atlantic (#row4rose). He holds two indoor rowing world records.
- Cam is a seasoned canoeist and sea lover with years of freediving experience. He loves nurturing young talent and helping people reach their full potential.
- Isaac, an opportunist with a strong sense of responsibility for those less fortunate than himself. He holds two indoor rowing world records.
- Jack is an experienced rower who thoroughly enjoys challenges - the tougher the better. He holds an indoor rowing British record.
Team Tyne Innovation (UK)(24)Team: Team Tyne Innovation (UK)
- Number: (24)
- Rower: Phil Kite, Allan Huntly, Steve Sidaway & Claire Hughes
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: SS1
- Charity: Daft as A Brush
- Website: http://www.teamtyneinnovation.com/
Team Tyne Innovation is looking to complete the challenge for the adventure, to support the North East of England, in particular its businesses and universities by showcasing innovation generated in the region, and to raise funds for its selected charities.
The first charity we have chosen is Daft as a Brush , Cancer Patient Care. They provide staffed custom-made vehicles to transport outpatients, free of charge, to and from Hospital who are undergoing Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy cancer treatment. The second charity is the Stroke Association who provide research and support.
Row 4 Victory (UK)(25)Team: Row 4 Victory (UK)
- Number: (25)
- Rower: Fraser Mowlem, Will Quarmby, Glyn Sadler & Duncan Roy
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Victory
- Charity: The Royal British Legion
- Website: http://www.row4victory.com
Team Row4Victory - "4 Yorkshire Lads representing all three Services of the Armed Forces" With 2018 being the centenary of the end of the First World War and having Tri Service representation on the team it was an obvious decision to row in support of two amazing military charities, The Royal British Legion and Soldier On! We are in it to win it and shy ducks get no bread. Hold Tight!!!
Men of Oar (UK)(26)Team: Men of Oar (UK)
- Number: (26)
- Rower: Robin Drysdale, David Wallis, Will Theakston, Sam Bolt-Lawrence & Guillaume Vanderwinden
- Country: UK,Belgium
- Boat Design: Men of Oar
- Charity: Bowel Cancer UK and Combat Stress
- Website: http://www.menofoar.com/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:We are five guys with a passion for adventure. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is a race like no other - entirely at the mercy of the elements, entirely self supporting - it is a true adventure. Robin's diagnosis of Bowel Cancer in 2016 was the catalyst. It put life into perspective and reminded us that if there is a goal you want to achieve, or something you want to experience, you need to get out and do it!Bowel Cancer UK are raising money to tackle the second most deadly cancer in the UK, but a cancer that is one of the easiest to cure. Early detection is achievable for everyone, and the cancer itself grows slowly that in most cases it is easily operable on if caught early. Unfortunately through misdiagnosis and ignorance of the symptoms, too many cases are not caught in time - Robin was lucky enough that his symptoms were taken seriously by the doctor and the cancer was detected in good time. Bowel Cancer UK provides funding for research into detection techniques, grants for training surgeons and has recently led a campaign to change national clinical standards fro diagnosis of symptoms associated with bowel cancer.Combat Stress support servicemen and women and veterans alike who suffer from the psychological effects of war. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is all too often shrugged off and has a disastrous effects on the serviceperson's life and relationships. Combat Stress help heal the psychological wounds of the people who put themselves in harms way for the nation. Having served a combined four tours of Afghanistan, Men of Oar are all too aware of how important their work is.
Row 4 ALS (USA)(27)Team: Row 4 ALS (USA)
- Number: (27)
- Rower: Tim Ryan, Alan Alderman, Teddy Waldo, Dale Smith, & Brian Armstrong
- Country: USA
- Boat Design: Row 4 ALS
- Charity: CrowdCare, ALS Association, ALS Clinic at the University of Utah
- Website: http://www.row4als.org/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Our team came together in an unconventional way. Having seen “Four Mums in a Boat” last year at Banff Mountain Film Festival, Tim thought “Hell, I can do that!”. So he approached his good friend of 16 years, Alan, who has been living with ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) commonly known as Lou Gehrigs Disease, for some help setting up a fundraising relationship for ALS. Alan agreed to help on one condition: that he could be on the team as a rower! From that starting point the 4 other members came into the group thru a mix of recruiting skill and good fortune. We started with the dream and then made the team! Each of us has personal goals for participating in the TWAC, but ALL of us have been inspired by Alan toward the team goal of helping to find a cure for ALS.Alan has been living with ALS for over 16 years and is tireless in his quest to promote awareness and find a cure for this insidious disease. Through their friendship, Tim has supported all manner of fundraising endeavors for ALS. It was simply a natural reflex to choose ALS as our charitable cause. Raising funds for ALS was a building block of our team. Upon meeting and spending time with Alan, other team candidates were inspired to row with us and complete this journey.
The Nauti Buoys (UK)(28)Team: The Nauti Buoys (UK)
- Number: (28)
- Rower: Matthieu Poudevigne, Paul Heerema, Hector Strickland, Rory Ormiston & Nicholas Rakowski
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Mrs Nelson
- Charity: Cancer Research
- Website: http://www.thenautibuoys.com
We are the NautiBuoys - five highly enthusiastic and motivated young men who want to make a better life for others while living our own lives to the full. Our different skills and experience complement each other's, but our shared vision is to make a difference by rowing across the Atlantic to raise funds for a crucial charity. Although organising, preparing and enduring this crossing is a hugely tough ask, we know that our friendship, good humour and sheer gutsiness will give us the resolve to succeed. And we are a team guided by the African motto: If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far, go together. For us, this ethos reaches out not only to the other teams who will take part in the 2018 Trans-Atlantic race. It reaches way beyond - to our supporters, sponsors and the communities we want to help and inspire: to go far, we must go together. Please go with us: #NautiBoatNice #rowfartogether