D7 3000 miles across the Atlantic(1)
United World Challenge(2)Team: United World Challenge
- Number: (2)
- Rower: Terence Steinberg
- Country: USA
- Boat: TBD with sponsor
- Charity: United World Colleges
- Website: http://www.unitedworldchallenge.org
The story of United World Challenge began when I was 17 and won a scholarship to attend the United World College (UWC) of the Adriatic. That was my first time crossing an ocean, and although it was by plane, the experience changed my life forever. UWC turned me into lifelong learner committed to improving the world and planted seeds of adventure in my heart. Repaying the gifts that UWC gave me would be impossible, but by rowing across the Atlantic, I intend to pay them forward.
United World Challenge is an invitation to UWC alumni, partners, and the public to join together in sharing UWC’s story with new audiences while raising new scholarship funds. Located in 17 countries across four continents, UWCs are two-year IB schools where students learn that before nationality, religion, gender or any other label, we are all human and share one planet. Students come selected from over 155 countries, and more than 70% receive scholarships. When I row out to sea from La Gomera, Spain, the same port Columbus departed in 1492, we will recreate that route into a journey for international peace and understanding, flying UWC’s banner for a better world through education.
Team Maktub(3)Team: Team Maktub
- Number: (3)
- Rower: Carl Plasschaert
- Country: Belgium
- Boat: Coming Soon!
- Charity: TBC
- Website: http://www.atlanticjourney.be/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:In January 2018, a good friend told me about a transatlantic rowing race. The idea that there are people who are able to do this, is something that fascinates and intrigues me. My objective to join a rowing club, so I would come to realize that this is crazy, was not my best plan of action. Discovering the sport of rowing only motivated me more and had an opposite effect on setting aside the thought of starting something this big.
In the book 'The Alchemist' by Paulo Coelho, the main character goes in search for a treasure to Egypt. During his enriching journey, he is confronted with storms and several setbacks. The Arabic word, Maktub, is often used in this book and means that the road to his adventure has already been written. The main character who chooses the unknown adventure and dares to put aside his happy existence, is the motivation for me, to start my journey.
Together with my team, we want this adventure to succeed and to raise money for charity. More details about the cause and our goals will be announced later.
White Rows(4)Team: White Rows
- Number: (4)
- Rower: Marcus Beale
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: McMillan Cancer Support
- Website: http://www.whiterows.co.uk/
I am just entering my 50th year on this planet, and am certainly old enough to know better… I have a very understanding wife, Susanne, and two wonderful children.
I was born in Torquay, Devon but immigrated to Yorkshire, home of the White Rose, and my adopted home, 26 years ago. Team sports have been a major factor throughout my life, and I have been lucky enough to have represented my country in more than one discipline.
In 2012, and aged 42, I ran the marathon des sables, my first long distance endurance race and surprised myself with a “top 100 runners” finish. That race lit the flame for further challenges and endurance events ever since.
I have never rowed, until now. This will be without doubt the biggest physical and mental challenge I have attempted.
Macmillan Cancer Support have been hugely supportive to me and my family over the years, and it therefore feels right to raise money to support this very worthy cause.
- Number: (5)
- Rower: Grant Blakeway
- Country: South Africa
- Boat: TBC
- Charity: Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation and White Shark Projects
- Website: http://www.grantblakeway.com
There’s one thing I know after years of living near the sea: our marine ecosystem is in real trouble. The evidence is all around us… Beaches with more scraps than shells. Whales with stomachs full of plastic. We’re all responsible, in one way or another, for the pollution that threatens our oceans today. And we all have a responsibility to do something about it. I’ve entered the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge for the platform, not the prestige. This unique event is supported by millions of people around the globe. People like you. People like me. Citizens with the power to speak up, to step up, and to take action. I’m not a professional rower. I’m not a competitive athlete, either. I’m a husband. I’m a father. One day, I’ll be a grandpa. But I can’t be a spectator while our oceans are in peril. My team name, Melokuhle, means “stand for good” in isiZulu (one of South Africa’s 11 official languages). It’s what I strive to do every day. And I hope I can inspire others to do the same, in pursuit of healthier, more resilient oceans. I’ve teamed up with two very special organisations to highlight the problem of marine plastic pollution: White Shark Projects in Gansbaai and the Two Oceans Aquarium Education Foundation in Cape Town. Follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter (@teamblakeway on all three channels) for updates about my race preparation, eco-awareness initiatives and fund-raising events, as well as practical tips for a greener, more ocean-friendly lifestyle.
Team Doddie (SCT)(6)Team: Team Doddie (SCT)
- Number: (6)
- Rower: John Davidson
- Country: Scotland
- Boat: The Mad Giraffe
- Charity: My Name’5 Doddie (Foundation)
- Website: http://www.madgiraffeatlanticrow.co.uk
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Imagine being told that you have an incurable disease? Also finding out that unlike some diseases there is no surgery or medical treatment which can help, slow down or even delay the inevitable. This is the case for people diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). To be told this must evoke many different emotions from anger, stress, fear and soul searching. How do you cope and how do you deal with such news?Doddie Weir the Scottish international and British and Irish lion rugby player has MND and is focused making history by finding a cure for this debilitating disease. To understand what goes through the mind of someone with this disease I am taking on this challenge at short notice. I will also be stressed, afraid and will have to find courage and dig deep into the depths of my soul to row the 3,000 miles alone. I know there will be good and bad days but I have a purpose: to get to the end of the journey and encourage people talk and learn more about MND to change peoples fear into hope like we have been able to do with many other diseases through the support of generous people.My family and children support me in the knowledge that by putting myself out there that we can make a difference. In life, you seldom meet people who you find truly inspirational and genuinely caring and passionate about what they do. Doddie was that person for my son who was told he was too small to play rugby. He picked him up at Murrayfield put him on a table and addressed the large number of guests. He spoke about how the children of today were the future in sport and in life so we need to focus on them. I saw the difference this made to my son and boost it gave him and it is a memory that has stayed with us. It inspired us and has firmly imprinted Doddie in our minds and hearts for the future. Small gestures and actions can make a huge impact on others lives for the good and I am also hoping that through my challenge I can make a similar impact for Doddie’s foundation and future treatments for MND.My aim to help inspire other people - young and old, to take on challenges, no matter how big or small and let nothing hold them back.
the swiss 1s(7)Team: the swiss 1s
- Number: (7)
- Rower: Gabi Schenkel
- Country: Switzerland
- Boat: Miss Universe
- Charity: Ocean Care
- Website: http://www.theswiss1s.com/
Water is our life elixir and the oceans are our vital reservoir. Sadly, every minute a truck load of plastic trash is being dumped into the sea. 86 million tons of plastic are already swimming in our oceans. This not only threatens marine life but pesticides and poisons also ultimately endanger our lives. We don’t want that!
I have therefore decided to run my campaign whereby I’ll be rowing solo across the Atlantic Ocean. I want to make a statement that things can not continue in this manner. Even though I’ll be rowing solo, this is a project powered by a team. I ask you to join in fighting for our oceans and supporting this campaign by raising funds for the organization OceanCare.
Watering the Mind (SA)(8)Team: Watering the Mind (SA)
- Number: (8)
- Rower: John Dempster
- Country: South Africa
- Boat: Nec Aspera Terrent
- Charity: SADAG
- Website: http://www.wateringthemind.org
TEAM DESCRIPTION:In 2016 I went through a set of traumatic events over a 2 week period. I was physically assaulted, requiring 3 surgeries to fix the damage. Shortly after that a new member of the university rowing club, of which I was the newly elected Club President, died in a freak accident. These events eventually led me to develop PTSD, General Anxiety Disorder, Social Anxiety Disorder and Major Depressive Disorder. Over the last 3 years I’ve continued to struggle with these disorders.I first encountered the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) in 2010 when I read ‘The Crossing’ by Ben Fogle and James Cracknell. At the time I thought crossing the Atlantic was incredible, but far beyond anything I would attempt. Four of my old crewmates will be competing in the TWAC as the team MAD4WAVES and they have inspired me.In an attempt to break this cycle I’ve decided to enter the TWAC. In doing so, I’m hoping to continue my passion with rowing, whilst also seeking catharsis in revealing my struggles with Mental Health to the world. I also hope to inspire others with Mental Health issues and show them that great things are still achievable.The South African Depression And Anxiety Group (SADAG) is the leading Mental Health charity in South Africa. Despite their gallant efforts Mental Health continues to have a massive stigma attached to it in South Africa, highlighted by the fact the less 2% of the country has access to secondary care. Through my campaign I’m hoping to bring further awareness to Mental Health. I’m also fundraising to help SADAG’s drives to curb teen suicide in South Africa through their “Suicide Shouldn’t be a Secret” programme as well as addressing the issue of “Men and Depression” in SA.
The Seablings(9)Team: The Seablings
- Number: (9)
- Rower: Anna McLean and Cameron McLean
- Country: UK,USA
- Boat: R25
- Charity: UN Women UK
- Website: http://www.theseablings.com
We are The Seablings, the world’s first ever brother and sister team rowing 3,000 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2019 to demonstrate the importance of Gender Equality in building a sustainable, prosperous and empowering society for men and women globally. Our aim is to break any gender stereotypes by putting to the test what it truly means to be in the #sameboat. Our strong-bonded kinship as siblings is built on a shared passion for ultimate challenges, inspiring others, success and of course our mutual love for puns. Instilled at a young age was living by the motto ‘never give up till you’re dead’. This continuously drives our ambition to set goals but importantly reassures our confidence to fulfil them. We believe in being in the #sameboat, our living metaphor for gender equality- so here we are two siblings and best companions on a journey to row an ocean! Although gender equality is a largely debated issue, the narrative has changed from fighting for equal opportunity of the sexes to recognising the equally important impact women have in society. Increasingly governments and charities are recognising the equal part men and women play in achieving the nations Sustainable Development Goals. It is, therefore, our aim to support UN Women UK and share in their vision of a gender-just world as we venture on this journey for social change and seek to complete this extreme endurance challenge. UN Women is the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established in 2010 to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide SAMEFAMILY – SAMECAUSE - SAMEBOAT
Atlantic Dream Challenge(10)Team: Atlantic Dream Challenge
- Number: (10)
- Rower: Paul Hopkins & Phil Pugh
- Country: UK
- Boat: Atlantic Dream '18
- Charity: Tiny Lives & The Fire Fighters Charity
- Website: http://www.atlanticdream17.com
Paul Hopkins - Paul is 53. He is married with three sons, aged 32, 30 and 16, and has three grandchildren, aged 11, 8 and 1. He is originally from Nottinghamshire and now lives in Wallsend. Paul has been a fire fighter for 24 years and spent the first eight years of his career with Nottingham Fire and Rescue Service. Paul believes life is too short to let this opportunity go by, after suffering a health scare in 2014. He wants to test himself to see just what’s possible when you set your mind to it. He is personally inspired by his late father, who suffered from ill health most of his life but never let anything beat him. Paul hadn’t even rowed a boat before setting out on the Challenge, so his learning curve is going to be epic! Phil Pugh - In 1988, Phil became a father to his first born, Tom Pugh. At 27 weeks’ gestation, Tom was born prematurely and spent many weeks in the Special Care Unit. This experience was humbling, frightening and often desperate for his parents. The work these doctors, nurses and therapists perform – all the while supporting the parents, too - is simply amazing. Throughout Tom’s 29 years, Phil has continued to raise money for the charities that have supported his son so well, as a way of saying thank you, and in acknowledgement of the crucial, life-saving work delivered with such dedication and kindness. Tom’s life has been enriched in countless ways through the years by charities like Tiny Lives. To date, Phil has raised upwards of £10K for Tiny Lives and the Calvert Trust. Over the past 7 years, among other challenges, he has swum the English Channel, cycled Route 66 in the USA, and pushed Tom in his wheelchair in the Great North Run. But the Atlantic Dream Row will be by far the biggest challenge Phil has ever embarked on.
Row Off the Wall(11)Team: Row Off the Wall
- Number: (11)
- Rower: Sara Brewer & Ann Prestidge
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Alzheimer's Society and Street League
- Website: http://rowoffthewall.com
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Ann: I completed the Learn2Row Course at Poplar, Blackwall and District Rowing Club 5 years ago, where I met Sara. Together we have rowed a marathon and rowed a river, so now we have to row an ocean. Sara: I read The Crossing written by James Cracknell and Ben Fogel and within a few pages thought, “I can do that!” Time will tell. But the idea took hold and I found it irresistible. I am lucky to be able to undertake this challenge, many cannot, and for those who cannot, this is for you.Together we are raising funds for Alzheimer's Society and Street League. Alzheimer's Society needs no introduction as so many are now affected by this dreadful disease. Street League is a lesser known charity whose aim is to encourage and empower young people into employment through the medium of sport, focussing on team-building, trust and respect. Both charities provide vital support in local communities where it is needed most.
Van Durme Brothers(12)Team: Van Durme Brothers
- Number: (12)
- Rower: Damien Van Durme & Bernard Van Durme
- Country: Belgium
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Handicap International
- Website: http://www.vandurmebrothers.com/
As brothers, we had the chance to grow up in a family who always supported us in achieving our dreams. We started rowing about 15 years ago, first as hobby then at higher level. We have always been looking for challenges both in competition as well as in personal life. Our aim is to continuously push our limits. This explains why after having competed numerous years in rowing, we were seeking for a new goal. Rowing the Atlantic as brothers has always been a dream, and we can not wait for it to become reality as we enter the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. By participating to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, we will not only push ourselves mentally and physically but we will also support Handicap International, a cause which is really meaningful to us. As an orthoprosthesist, Bernard knows exactly what giving back mobility means to people. As a product designer, Damien likes to continuously improve objects and implement new technologies where possible. Thus it appeared clear to us that Handicap International is the right fit. Handicap International is an independent and impartial aid organisation working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. The organisation works alongside people with disabilities and vulnerable populations, taking action and bearing witness in order to respond to their essential needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental right
Hell Oar High Water(13)Team: Hell Oar High Water
- Number: (13)
- Rower: Chris Nichol & James Tordoff
- Country: UK
- Boat: Persistence
- Charity: CentrePoint & BHC Neonatal Unit
- Website: http://www.hohw.co.uk/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Our introduction to the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) came in the form of a documentary we saw whilst on a mountain bike trip to Canada. That introduction was something that we couldn’t shake and the idea of taking part soon became a reality when we took the plunge and signed up.This came as a surprise to friends and family as we are not athletes or explorers with any experience in this field. We are just two everyday lads from Bradford, West Yorkshire with the belief that anyone can achieve the unthinkable and make a difference regardless of their background or perceived ability.We aim to demonstrate this by completing the TWAC, whilst raising money and exposure for our two chosen charities - CentrePoint & BHC Neonatal Unit.In Bradford alone, CentrePoint support more than 150 young people every day, giving them a health assessment and planned support for their individual mental and physical health needs starting them on a path to more independence and a job. CentrePoint has been working in Bradford since 2013 supporting over 500 young people every year.Based at the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI), the Bradford Hospitals Charity (BHC) Neonatal Unit looks after around 600 babies per year which includes: pre-term babies and full-term babies who may be very poorly after birth. The Unit can accommodate between 12 and 14 intensive care babies and is constantly full to capacity.We are not entering this competition on a whim. We are fully aware of the commitments and sacrifices that are involved and 100% dedicated. We have a drive and determination that will see us through this challenge no matter what is thrown at us. We will finish with our heads held high, come Hell Oar High Water.
Blue Gold(14)Team: Blue Gold
- Number: (14)
- Rower: Lilian Dauzat & Guilhem Orhlac
- Country: france
- Boat: TBC
- Charity: Solidarites International
- Website: http://oneyearofadventures.com/expedition-2018-traversee-atlantique-a-la-rame/
Animated by a common thrill for sport and adventure, Lilian and Guilhem met up 4 years ago in Mauricius. Looking to get off the beaten track, they have been preparing the TWAC 2019 for the last 2 years. Since 2015, Lilian has initiated the project “One year of adventures” where he encourages people to make their “first step” from bright idea to fulfilment. Besides being a consultant in business strategy, he defines himself as an adventurer: in the last years he finished the French longest triathlon (equivalent to 7 ironmans) and rode his own “Tour de France” in 21 days following the borders. In 2016, together with his wife and their two young daughters, they travelled the world on a bike for one year. Guilhem is a graduated engineer, he grew up in the Alps and is an accomplished sport man: climber, steep skier, free diver and marathon runner. Looking to reach the boundaries of mind and bodies his for him a way to develop his abilities for self-motivation, performance planning or risk and stress management. They decided to team-up in order to support the international NGO Solidarites International(SI). Since 1980, SI is committed to provide universal access to drinking water and sanitation to help people hit by war, epidemics and natural disasters.
Atlantic Duo(15)Team: Atlantic Duo
- Number: (15)
- Rower: Wayne Johnson & Loudyn Forsgren
- Country: Antigua
- Boat: Norsegod 3
- Charity: ABSAR, Antigua and Barbuda Sickle Cell Association & Little Footprints Big Steps
- Website: http://www.atlanticduo.com
TWO BRAVE MEN hailing from Antigua, Wayne Johnson and Loudyn Forsgren, plan to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic. Wayne and Loudyn will be driven by their strength, determination and intention to raise money for three charities that they both are passionate about; ABSAR (Antigua & Barbuda Sea And Rescue), Antigua & Barbuda Sickle Cell Association and Little Footprints Big Steps. They need your support.
- Number: (16)
- Rower: Ewan MacLean, James MacLean & Lachlan MacLean
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBC
- Charity: TBC
- Website: http://www.broar.co.uk
Born in Edinburgh and raised on the North-West coast of Scotland, this challenge will be the pinnacle of a lifetime shared in brotherhood and adventure. In order to succeed we will draw upon our own dynamic skills to form an unstoppable team bound by blood, salt and spirit. We look forward to raising awareness and funds for some fantastic causes, working closely with them on this remarkable journey.
Atlantic Mavericks(17)Team: Atlantic Mavericks
- Number: (17)
- Rower: Ian Davies, Roy Dixon, Richard Baker & Ian Donnelly
- Country: UK
- Boat: Miss Daisy
- Charity: The Royal British Legion, Myeloma UK, 353, Revitalise
- Website: http://www.atlanticmavericks.com
We are all ex — forces aged over 50 who unlike some have transitioned well back in civilian life and for that we are thankful. The aim of this challenge is to raise awareness and funds for some worthwhile charities and to inspire others by showing that no matter what your circumstances or age you are still able to achieve incredible things.
HMS Oardacious (UK)(18)Team: HMS Oardacious (UK)
- Number: (18)
- Rower: Hugo Mitchell-Heggs, Dylan Woods, Callum Fraser & Matthew Harvey
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBC
- Charity: The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and Greenwich Hospital.
- Website: http://www.hmsoardacious.com
TEAM DESCRIPTION:We are a team of serving Royal Navy Submariners; one of the greatest strengths of the Submariner is being able to maintain a sense of humour in some of the very worst conditions. This humour really is a cornerstone to our ethos; when the sea going vessel you choose to call home for upwards of 3 months at a time chooses to sink, remaining positive and being able to laugh really is essential. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will provide a fantastic platform to showcase our professionalism and adaptability as Submariners, testing ourselves both physically and mentally. Our bodies and minds will be tempered by the sheer vastness of the Atlantic Ocean; Neptune will throw his fury upon our little craft and he will be met by four Submariners, laughing back at him!We are taking part in this challenge with our people as our driving force. We have chosen to work with two fantastic charities: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) as well as Greenwich Hospital. These operate to ensure a world in which Sailors, Marines, Veterans and their families are valued and supported for life.
Swiss Ocean Dancers (SUI & GER)(19)Team: Swiss Ocean Dancers (SUI & GER)
- Number: (19)
- Rower: Tatjana Aristilde Giro , Astrid Schmid, Carla Lemm and Sandra Hoenig
- Country: Switzerland,Germany
- Boat: Heidi
- Charity: Viva con Agua
- Website: http://www.swiss-oceandancers.ch/
Team-Motivation It’s about walking our own life paths with courage, ardour and sureness – to leave the safe waters, to focus on high aims, to confine boarders, not only to sense our inner strength but to feel the potentised spirit of the team- to set out into new worlds and at the end to pass on the joy we received.Viva con Agua is a charity project with a great vision: “water for everyone”. Viva con Agua is convinced that a world without thirst is possible. So SwissOceanDancers and Viva con Agua are a perfect connection.
Atlantic Guardsmen(20)Team: Atlantic Guardsmen
- Number: (20)
- Rower: Derek Spence, John Ford, John Adams & Jon Frith
- Country: UK
- Boat: The Atlantic Guardsmen
- Charity: The Scots Guards charity
- Website: http://www.rowforheroes.co.uk/
Three soldiers and a civvy, the Atlantic Guardsmen, rowing for heroes in TWAC 2019. Derek Spence, John Ford, John Adams and John Frith (photo to follow!) make up the team. The idea we could conquer the Atlantic germinated in the Sahara, when two of us were running the MdS – the World’s Toughest Footrace. The next challenge had to be the World’s Toughest Row. We recruited two other like minds and here we are. We come from all over the UK so training together will be a challenge – but obviously we are up for a challenge! We are rowing for heroes – the Scots Guard’s Charity. The charity supports serving and retired soldiers and their families. Providing assistance through many means, including debt relief, respite breaks, mobility assistance, education, home improvement/mobility alterations and financial support. The Scots Guards are supporting the Atlantic Guardsmen as we set out on our Atlantic conquest. We are very grateful for their support.
Fortitude IV(21)Team: Fortitude IV
- Number: (21)
- Rower: Oliver Palmer, Tom Foley, Hugh Gilum & Max Breet
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBC
- Charity: West London Zone
- Website: http://www.fortitudeiv.com/
We are four close friends who are keen to make a difference through adventure and challenge. The West London Zone is a phenomenal charity who make a huge difference to a large number of children in the area surrounding the Grenfell Tower. We look forward to working together to help them bolster the great work they are doing. Our focus is on December 2019 and to starting the adventure…
Oarsome Foursome(22)Team: Oarsome Foursome
- Number: (22)
- Rower: Mo O'Brien, Bird Watts, Linda Whittaker & Claire Allinson
- Country: UK
- Boat: Coming Soon!
- Charity: Cornwall Blood Bikes, Carefree & Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare
- Website: http://www.oarsomefoursome.co.uk/
We are four ladies from the South West proving ordinary women can do extraordinary things, alongside raising money for three worthy charities: Cornwall Blood Bikes, Carefreebreaks and Exmouth & Lympstone Hospiscare.
Whilst there are many deserving causes we wanted to do something for those that are close to us, and charities that anyone of us or our families could need at any time in our lives.
Our team ages span across 4 decades, include a mother and daughter and a hearing impaired rower. Look out Antigua, these maids are on their way!
Rowed Less Travelled(23)Team: Rowed Less Travelled
- Number: (23)
- Rower: Ryan Grace, Cameron Mostyn, Nicholas Sargent & Martin Fletcher
- Country: Australia
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Black Dog Institute
- Website: http://www.rowedlesstravelled.com
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less travelled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken We’re four ordinary blokes, looking forward to doing something extraordinary. Rowing an ocean seemed the most outlandish option available, so naturally, this cemented our decision. With soft and supple office worker hands that have never known the touch of an oar, this expedition will take us to the outermost periphery of our physical and mental limits. As four mates with a shared sense of adventure, hunger for competition and self-professed great sense of humour, we are fully committed to hurling ourselves at this once in a lifetime experience. It’s a challenge we are tackling head on, and something we strongly believe will be guided by our higher purpose of raising awareness and funds for mental health. Whether taking our personal experiences with friends and family effected by mental illness, or stepping back and looking at the bigger picture, the impact is truly staggering. Knowing one in five Australians aged 16-85 experience a mental illness in any year and that suicide is the leading cause of death for Australians aged 25-44 is ample motivation for us. We are committed to raising as much visibility as we can possibly muster for our campaign in order to champion this cause via the Black Dog Institute.
Ancient Mariners(24)Team: Ancient Mariners
- Number: (24)
- Rower: Mike Winn, John Moorhouse, Guy Munnoch & Steve Hughes
- Country: UK
- Boat: Ancient Mariners
- Charity: Blind Veterans & Open Arms Malawi
- Website: http://www.ancientmariners.net
As our team members are all on the wrong side of 60, our challenge is to complete rather than compete. Our team consists of two ex forces members and two members with strong ties to Malawi in Africa. As such, the chosen charities are very close to our hearts.
Atlantic Ambition(25)Team: Atlantic Ambition
- Number: (25)
- Rower: Ewan Bell, James Protherough, Ed Wilson & Jon Merotra
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Alzheimer’s Society , CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young), MS UK & Surfrider Foundation
- Website: http://www.atlanticambition.com
- By 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. - Plastic pollution is systematically killing the world’s oceans and raising awareness of the issue alone if not going to fix the problem. - So we have decided to do something about it… Our goal is to raise a minimum of £200k for charities actively combatting plastic pollution and protecting the world’s oceans (Surfrider and Marine Conservation Society). To deliver this we need to inspire people to sponsor us with a challenge as ambitious as our goal. That is why we have decided to row across the Atlantic Ocean – the very thing that we are trying to save. View our promo video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v_Co_lp_q-txE To find out more please visit our website (atlanticambition.com) and keep up to date with our progress on Instagram (@atlanticambition).
All Oar Nothing(26)Team: All Oar Nothing
- Number: (26)
- Rower: Tom Whittle, Charlie Medwin, Chris Slack and Lewis Matthews
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: OneSight, Right To Play, Kidney Cancer UK and EHERCC
- Website: http://www.alloarnothing.co.uk/
Our team consists of four best childhood friends from Devon, South-West England. Rowing experience is severely limited but we’re ready to train like our lives depend on it, as they do... We have chosen four charities to raise funds for. All amounts raised will be spread evenly across the four amazing causes. To read more on the charities chosen and the specific reasons we chose them, please click forward to our website.
- Number: (27)
- Rower: Catharina Streit, Meike Ramuschkat, Stefanie Kluge & Timna Kluge
- Country: Germany
- Boat: Doris
- Charity: Kinderlachen e.V. and Zeit für Zukunft e.V.
- Website: http://www.rowhhome.com/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge has been tempting us since last year. Firstly, when Catharina saw the documentary of "4 Mum's in a Boat" at an ocean film festival and later when Meike ‘accidentally’ found herself at the start line of Talisker's Race in La Gomera, December 2017. From there on we have been dreaming about this race for months, even if most family, partners and friends think we are insane. We have always loved challenges and travelled together for a number of years. By participating, we want to inspire people, especially children to believe in themselves and in their dreams, may they seem unreachable in the first place.Our charities support children in need, in hope of showing them new perspectives and helping them develop a healthy self-confidence. Thereby enabling them to reach their goals in life, even if they have not grown up in the same conditions as others.
Team Margot (UK)(28)Team: Team Margot (UK)
- Number: (28)
- Rower: Martin Beaumont, Guy Dresser, Tom Konig, Hamish Miller
- Country: UK
- Boat: Michael
- Charity: Team Margot Foundation
- Website: http://www.teammargotatlanticrowers.com
Team Margot Atlantic Rowersare a team from gritty South West London (Martin & Tom), the Cotswolds (Hamish) and Zurich (Guy) who have finally overcome resistance from work, wives and the bank manager to row the Atlantic in 2019. This has been a twenty year ambition for some in the team and the pinnacle of showing off for others. There isn’t much space here to list all our sporting achievements so we’re skipping that part.We are 100% behind the Team Margot Foundation which was set up in 2014 in memory of Margot Martini. Margot was a fantastic little girl who unfortunately lost her battle with Blood Cancer aged 2. One of the ways that she might have been saved was through a matched stem cell donation that would have come from a donor on the register. Sadly there aren’t yet enough people on the register at the moment, particularly from Black, Asian and Mixed Race communities, so the team are rowing to raise awareness of how easy it is to sign up. We don’t want your money or hours of your time. What we’d love is for people to become aware of what the Stem Cell Register is, to click through and consider signing up. It’s easy, it’s safe, it can save lives and help families in terrible predicaments all over the world. It takes1.5 million strokes to get across the Atlantic and we want one person to click through for every stroke we take – that’s the only motivation we really need. Margot's father Yaser has kindly agreed to manage the team and provides a constant stream of motivation and support, while ensuring he doesn't become the team's reserve.
Row For Life (NOR)(29)Team: Row For Life (NOR)
- Number: (29)
- Rower: Øyvind Osjord, Nikolai Wiencke, Tommy Sørmoen & Aksel Mathiesen
- Country: Norway
- Boat: ELLIDA
- Charity: DriveForLife
- Website: http://www.rowforlife.no/
We are 4 Norwegian guys who all – in our own ways, have strived do always do something different and exciting – be it through education, military, sports, leisure or other activities. After having now become used to pushing our own comfort zones and limits to the maximum for quite a while, the next ultimate challenge and experience lies in doing something together. To us – the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, the world’s toughest endurance race (!), represents such an opportunity – and when we found out that we all wanted something like this, it was too exciting and intriguing a coincidence to let pass. When looking for a charity, 3 aspects were especially important to us – locality, visible and goal-oriented results, and a clear and good cause. Drive for Life – to us, fulfils all these with flying colours. Being a Norwegian organization – though with operations in Sweden as well, Drive for Life works to offer a safe and constructive leisure environment for children who – in any way, have fallen out of such activities in their own communities. Through their 3 core values; “inspiring, real and gathering”, Drive for Life gathers the youngsters in groups of 5-7, and leads them through 48 gatherings per year where they all get to experience mastery and the feeling of accomplishment – in a safe and friendly environment. These are daily activities that mean the world for the confidence and self-esteem of the teenagers, and may significantly impact their future – an organization we are proud and humble to cooperate with for this fundraising.
Force Atlantic (UK)(30)Team: Force Atlantic (UK)
- Number: (30)
- Rower: Richard Hall, Chris Hames, Alex Walsh & 1 TBC
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Army Benevolent Fund, The Soldiers’ Charity
- Website: http://Coming Soon!
We are three serving Army officers and a Junior Soldier, strangers to each other until united by a posting to the Army Foundation College, Harrogate. Through a shared desire for challenge and adventure, we have decided to embark on one of the ultimate tests of physical and mental fortitude – rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. The British Army has provided plenty of challenge and excitement in our careers (some of it unwanted), and has brought us together temporarily for this mad, crazy rush of planning, training and building… we are rowing as the Army’s team in 2019, and also representing the Army Foundation College, which is a truly unique and awe-inspiring establishment in its own right. It transforms over one thousand 16-17yr old civilians into soldiers each year, and represents the most comprehensive soldier basic training system in the world. We are all passionate about what it does because we see the transformational effect the College has on the lives of some of UK’s most disaffected and disadvantaged teenagers; many from broken homes, failed by their schools and disengaged from training, education and employment. With us they find their first successes, and go on to achieve some amazing things – like rowing the Atlantic! Throughout the coming months we will be running a selection cadre in the College to find the Junior Soldier that will become our fourth team member. Our sole charity is the Army Benevolent Fund, The Soldiers’ Charity. This incredible organisation has a vision that all soldiers, veterans and their families should have the opportunity to avoid hardship and enjoy independence and dignity. Please help us to raise money for this worthy cause.
Bucks Buoys(31)Team: Bucks Buoys
- Number: (31)
- Rower: Kevin Luff, Frankie (Paul) Smith, Nic Parslow & Rhys Luff
- Country: UK
- Boat: Sara-Lou
- Charity: MacMillan Cancer Support and IN-Vision
- Website: http://www.bucksbuoys.com
Our story began in January 2018, when Kev headed out to Antigua with Frankie to marry his long term girlfriend Sara, who had spent the last 20 months having breast cancer treatment. It was in English Harbour that we decided to pull together for one of the toughest challenges of our lives.
The plan was hatched; a chance to take on a challenge that would push us to our limits. Watching on as the Romanian Atlantic 4 Team were unloading their boat having arrived in Antigua that morning, we were all left in awe (or should we say oar!), desperate to take to the water and repeat their amazing feat.
We’ve chosen Macmillan as our first charity. Cancer affects and destroys so many lives. Most people know of someone who has had to fight this awful illness. Sadly, we are no exception and have all witnessed first hand the devastating impact it can have. That’s why we aim to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan Cancer Support and continue the battle.
Our second charity is IN-vision, a UK charity dedicated to increasing awareness of Infantile Nystagmus (IN), a surprisingly common but acutely underfunded eye condition that severely affects visual acuity and can deeply impact upon quality of life. London 2012 Paralympic Champion Naomi Riches MBE, who was diagnosed with IN at just a few months old, is the charity’s Patron, and we are proud to say, is supporting Bucks Buoys’ campaign.
We will push ourselves to the limit, but knowing our efforts could make a difference to so many lives will keep us going until the very end
- Number: (32)
- Rower: James Deehan, Lirim Gula, Rufus Scholefield & Charlie Crane
- Country: UK
- Boat: Huntress
- Charity: Teenage Cancer Trust
- Website: http://dorabros.com/
Brought together by a thirst for challenge and a desire to do something worthwhile; in 2019, the Dorabros will take up a gauntlet of challenges: Kicking off with an ultramarathon in the Sahara - the infamous Marathon des Sables - and ending with the World’s Toughest row - a 3000 mile rowing race across the Atlantic
The Ocean 5(33)Team: The Ocean 5
- Number: (33)
- Rower: Kevin Gaskell, Matt Gaskell, Will Hollingshead, Chris Hodgson & Sam Coxon
- Country: UK
- Boat: Spero Oceani
- Charity: The Plastic Soup Foundation
- Website: http://www.theocean5.com/
We're a group of 5 men who love a challenge and the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is one of the toughest. Some of us have been to the North and South Poles, competed at Crossfit, are Ironman competitors, we're now looking for that team challenge that brings people together and really tests your mettle. We were also looking for a challenge that meant we could protect and save something close to our hearts, we have all worked in the maritime industry and feel that the issue of plastics in our oceans is a responsibility for every single one of us. We have all worked in the maritime industry and realise the dangers and issues facing the oceans, Plastic in our oceans is a danger to all of us, we have chosen this charity because they're doing amazing work in raising awareness and changing perceptions to plastic in the developing world. 'Prevention is better than Cure' this is definitely the case with our Oceans, if we can prevent anymore plastic from ending up in our oceans then we can limit the damage caused. We have the full support of our charity and we're looking to raise enough money to make a real difference, we can't do this alone, so join us for our journey.