United World Challenge (USA)(1)Team: United World Challenge (USA)
- Number: (1)
- Rower: Terence Steinberg
- Country: USA
- Boat Design: Spindrift
- 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.
The Movember Viking(2)Team: The Movember Viking
- Number: (2)
- Rower: Adam Brearley
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: Northern Spirit II
- Charity: Movember Foundation
- Website: http://www.themovemberviking.com
TEAM DESCRIPTION:Globally, the rate of suicide is alarmingly high, particularly in men. Too many men are ‘toughing it out’, keeping their feelings to themselves and struggling in silence. As someone who has suffered through dark times myself, I want to show that with the right support and motivation, anyone can get through those times and achieve absolutely anything at all. And what better way to highlight that than to row an ocean alone!.I have chosen Movember, because they are the only Global charity focused solely on Men’s health. Everything they do is to stop men dying too young, and to ensure they live happier, healthier, longer lives. They does this by investing in three critical areas.prostate cancer, Testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention.
Team Migaloo(3)Team: Team Migaloo
- Number: (3)
- Rower: Aidan Scherpbier & Tristan Sim
- Country: Netherlands
- Boat Design: Migaloo
- Charity: By the Ocean We Unite
- Website: http://www.teammigaloo.com
Team Migaloo stands for a sustainable, future-proof world. A world in which nature is clean and healthy and in which the oceans are plastic-free again. We believe that raising awareness for the importance of plastic waste reduction is a vital part of this. By participating in the TWAC team Migaloo contributes to making the world more sustainable. Of course, we can’t do this by ourselves. Therefore we are working together with various sustainable partners and we are reaching out to the youth. As they are the future we believe involving them is essential to achieve our goals. Only when they are activated and engaged real change is possible. And of course, we are passionate about rowing and we look forward to taking on this huge challenge crossing the ocean in 2021 as fast as we can. By the Ocean we Unite is a Dutch foundation with charitable status that contributes to preventing more plastics from ending up in our oceans. Through the organization of a variety of activities – sailing expeditions, lectures, documentaries & more – they conduct research, create awareness, educate and activate people, organizations and governments to make much needed changes. We have decided to join them and help protect the oceans, animals and ourselves from plastic pollution.
Anna Victorious(4)Team: Anna Victorious
- Number: (4)
- Rower: Rob Murray, Ed Smith, Adam Green & Jack Biss
- Country: UK
- Boat Design: TBC
- Charity: Victoria's Promise
- Website: http://www.annavictorious.co.uk/
TEAM DESCRIPTION:We are rowing to raise money for Victoria's Promise in memory of Anna Smith (nee Cassell) who died at the age of 38 years after a short battle with bowel cancer. She leaves behind her husband, Ed and their 2 year old daughter, Alba. Anna was the most inspirational woman proving that anything is possible even at the most awful and difficult of times. Anna continued to bring up Alba, she helped and changed so many people's lives and outlook on life through her positivity and even helped raise £31,000 for charity through various fundraising events..... all whilst going through chemotherapy treatment. We want to continue Anna's legacy to prove that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. "Not every day is good but there is something good in every day"Victoria's Promise provided so much support to Anna, Alba and Ed. They are truly a magnificent charity that meant so much to them as a family. The support and services they offered were and still are priceless. The crew of Anna Victorious has seen and heard about the difference this charity makes to young women and their families going through cancer. We want to raise money so they can continue to support young women through their cancer journey.