2023 Race Entrants

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Atlantic Rowmad (UK)
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Peet Botma (RSA)
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Totally OARdacious (UK)
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HandsAtlantic (NL)
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Wave Wrangler (UK)
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Aim for the Ocean (FR)
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Frank Rothwell
Frank Rothwell (UK)
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Jason Kemp
No Rowgrets (UK)
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Ragnarock - Ronny Evensen A solo rower in TWAC2022
Ragnarok (NO)
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Viva For Life (BE)
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A Fishermans Mission
A Fishermans Mission (UK)
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Team: Atlantic Rowmad (UK)

Number: (1)
Rower: Jamie Howard
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: Open Seas & NASS
Social Media: http://www.atlanticrowmad.com

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In 2019 I witnessed TWAC rowers arrive at English Harbour, Antigua, and I knew then that I wanted to do that too one day! I will be 67 years of age at the start line with my wonderful family being fully supportive of this ambition of mine. I have decided to row solo as I don’t feel I can put anyone through the stress of being cooped up in a small boat with me for 2 months or so! The sea has played a huge role in my life having been brought up and lived most of my life on the two small islands of Gometra and Ulva on the West Coast of Scotland. My Father taught me to row shortly after I learned to walk, or so it seemed. The sea, in those days, was brimming with fish and wildlife. I have vivid memories of pods of Orcas, leaping dolphins, and friendly porpoises. Sadly there has been a huge degradation in the bio-diversity of our Seas and Oceans since those days of plenty and that makes me very sad. I have therefore decided to try to do something to raise awareness, and funds, for not only the Marine Charity, Openseas.org, but also NASS (National Axial Spondyloarthritis Society). I currently suffer from Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), a Chronic Arthritic condition, which in my case has resulted in fusing in my neck and lower spine. However, this does not stop me from enjoying my passions of ski-mountaineering, long-distance walking, scuba diving and, of course, boating. I now want to prove to myself and others that it is possible to row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic with AS. Openseas.org (www.openseas.org.uk) is a wonderful marine charity based in Scotland. The team monitors the health of our seas and lobbies Government for changes and oversight of Marine Protected Areas (MPA’s) around the coast of Scotland. NASS (www.nass.co.uk) is an equally wonderful charity offering support, and information, for AS sufferers, while working to raise awareness of the condition generally to the wider public and with the UK Government. I cannot wait to get out onto the Atlantic Ocean, help these two charities, and be an inspiration to my gorgeous Grandchildren, and our future.

Team: Totally OARdacious (UK)

Number: (3)
Rower: Victoria Jeffs
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R10
Charity: Cyclists Fighting Cancer, Samaritans – Stratford upon Avon, Youth Adventure Trust
Social Media: totallyoardacious.com

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Life goes quickly and the age of 56 seems like the right time to row the Atlantic.  I sponsored a team back in 2016 and have followed the race every year since although truth be told I was smitten with adventures in the water after reading Swallows and Amazons as a child.  My interest in the water stepped up a notch when saw the achievements of Tracy Edwards and later Ellen McArthur’s sailing exploits and I remember then wishing I could enjoy some adventures on the ocean. Now seems like the perfect time.

As it currently stands, according to Guinness World Records once I get to Antigua I will be the oldest SOLO female to EVER row the Atlantic – now if that’s not motivation to get to the other side, I don’t know what is!

I like to think I’m reasonably fit, I’ve already completed 2 Ironman races, in Sweden and New Zealand and am competing at my 3rd in Copenhagen in August 2022 – bizarrely, it’s a rather good precursor to training for an ocean row.  I’m confident I’ve got some endurance; however this will be on a whole new level! I will be following up my Atlantic row with a row around GB too, but I’ll wait for 2025 for that expedition, for now, the Atlantic is calling.

My motivation?  I became a grandmother in 2021 and my perspective in life has changed a lot, and having seen the incredible work that my charities address, the goal is to raise over £300,000 to enable them to continue the fantastic work they do.  Three small charities making a very big difference.

Cyclists Fighting Cancer – works to help children and young people living with cancer across the UK regain their physical fitness, strength, mental wellness and confidence by giving them new bikes, specially adapted trikes, tandems, other equipment and support.  They are passionate about sharing the benefits of exercise and activity for people living with and beyond cancer.

Samaritans – Stratford upon Avon – are always there whoever might need them, whenever that may be.  Mental health is so important and we all need to take responsibility for this, in ourselves, our families, our friends, our colleagues and even the stranger we might walk by.  In addition, their fantastic outreach work within the community is vital for the mental health in our schools, hospitals and a variety of other initiatives.

Youth Adventure Trust – inspire young people through adventure – they work with vulnerable young people from 11-16 to unlock their potential and lead positive lives in the future.  They deliver mentoring in a positive way through their unique Youth Adventure Programme and this is a genuinely life changing opportunity, giving young people the chance to build resilience, develop confidence and learn skills that will last a lifetime.

Team: Handsatlantic (NL)

Number: (4)
Rower: Mel Eissens
Country: Netherlands
Boat Design: R10
Charity: Interplast Holland & Interplast Switzerland
Social Media: http://www.handsatlantic.com

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In 2019, I got involved in a research project “trigger fingers in Ocean Rowers”. With the research team, Hand Surgeons and Hand Therapists, we headed off to La Gomera early December 2019 to start the project. The moment we arrived, feeling the excitement, and talking to the rowers, I was hooked, and it never left my mind… so here we are…

– Have I ever done this before? The answer is ‘No’.

– Have I ever rowed before? The answer is ‘No’.

Besides my work as a hand therapist, my passion is my motorbike, so not even water-related
So why do this? Why not…! but please…ask me again in Antigua
As it currently looks like, I will be the first female solo rower from the Netherlands, although I might be slightly cheating as I now live in Switzerland and have lived in the UK before that

And I have been working as a hand therapist for over 23 years and am extremely passionate about this specialized profession, hence my team’s name and the charity. Interplast shares medical knowledge, treatment, and experience with under-resourced communities around the world. Hand surgery, and subsequently hand therapy, is a big part of this. 

I am fully aware the ocean row will test me to the max and on a completely different level than I have ever been tested before, physically, and mentally. But keeping in mind that the children and adults with disabilities who need help from Interplast, are and have been dealing with a lot worse.  Being able to support these children and adults with your donations during the row to help them in further life, gives me as a hand therapist, an incredible boost and motivation.

 

Team: Wave Wrangler (UK)

Number: (5)
Rower: Elliot Awin
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: The British Heart Foundation
Social Media: wavewrangler.co.uk

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Following my battle with various arrythmias, finally resulting in the implantation of a (CRT-P) pacemaker, taking part in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, Wave Wrangler will provide a platform for raising funds for the British Heart Foundation, as well as bring awareness to a newly formed online platform for anyone living with an arrythmia to share stories and experiences.

Team: Aim for the Ocean (FR)

Number: (6)
Rower: Dominique Meynadier
Country: France
Boat Design: R10
Charity: Heart Sport and Health
Social Media: aimfortheocean.com

I have always been passionate about sport ; it was a press article that made me want to tackle this amazing Atlantic oar crossing. I played handball and rugby. I practice water and winter sports such as windsurfing, snowboarding, and ski mountaineering. Road and mountain cycling, motocross are also part of my life, and for 25 years, extreme endurance sports like ultra trail running and cycling have been essential to me.

I’m proud to finish these extreme endurance races, sometimes in very good positions, thanks only to my personal physical and mental preparation.

I’m 56 years old and I need to keep on dreaming. Surely I am lucky to be in good physical condition, I feel great motivation for this new extraordinary sport challenge.

Of course, I realize that preparation in new areas like navigation and rowing are vital, but everything is possible if you work your heart out : I strongly believe in this project.

I do not idealize this crossing at all, but I consider it as an amazing moment within an amazing environment. It will be a privilege to be part of the race and I intend to make the most of it every second.

I have chosen to sponsor the ” heart sport and health ” charity, which supports people with heart failure. I experienced a cardiovascular incident myself without any after-effects, and it allowed me to understand the importance of good physical condition. Willpower is also vital. That is what this association strives to bring : to put patients in motion, gradually, to give them the pleasure of the effort for a sustainable behaviour. My past and this goal of crossing can bring positive images to patients and help them in their efforts.

This race will in any case be a real moment of sharing with the association but also with others participants, all organization menbers, my team, my friends and my family.

Team: My Valentine (UK)

Number: (7)
Rower: Frank Rothwell
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R10
Charity: Alzheimer’s Research UK
Social Media: TBC

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Team: No Rowgrets (UK)

Number: (8)
Rower: Jason Kemp
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R10
Charity: The Wave Project and Ocean Conservation Trust
Social Media: jason-kemp.com

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Jason Kemp

I have spent most of my working life sitting down in busy offices or travelling to new and interesting places to sit down in a different busy office.  At one point I was crossing the Atlantic in both directions, on crowded flights, seemingly on a weekly basis which, after a while, became a feat of endurance in itself.  Now, instead of seizing the opportunity for a seat with extra legroom I am seizing the opportunity to row in a tiny boat made of recycled plastic bottles, on my own, powered solely by me, across the ocean I have flown over so many times.  A childhood dream checked off the list and hopefully an opportunity to share whatever learnings are to be found in pulling 1.5 million rowing strokes alone at sea.

When it comes to fitness I am more of a Jack of a few trades, master of none, type, and none of those few trades is rowing, so learning to row efficiently and prepare myself for the physical aspects of this will be a new and interesting challenge.  However, it is building the required mental strength that I am really fascinated by.  3,000 miles is a long way and spending it on my own with all the associated challenges of a solo row is likely to be the biggest single hurdle to overcome.

I will be rowing to raise money for two amazing charities, both revolving around the sea.  The Wave Project harnesses the healing power of the sea to provide ‘surf therapy’ to young people struggling to find their own self belief and Ocean Conservation Trust which is protecting all the world’s oceans that we rely on in so many ways

Team: Ragnarok (NO)

Number: (9)
Rower: Ronnie Evensen
Country: Norway
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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Ragnarock - Ronny Evensen A solo rower in TWAC2022

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Team: Viva For Life (BE)

Number: (10)
Rower: Benoît Bourguet
Country: Belgium
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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Team: A Fisherman’s Mission

Number: (11)
Rower: Izak Lees
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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Team: Peet Botma

Number: (12)
Rower: Peet Botma
Country: South Africa
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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Pairs

Atlantic Bro-ing (IRL)
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Not Today (DE)
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For Better Oar Worse (UK & CYM)
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Atlantic Sixties (NL)
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Seas the Moments (UK)
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Oarmighty Mates (UK)
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The Noarsmen (DK & UK)
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Worcester Buoys (UK)
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Spirit of Hospitality (UK)
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Never2Late (UK)
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Atlantic Dreamers (UK)
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Last Oarders (UK)
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A Salty Journey (NL)
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She rOars (SCT)
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Atlantic Wish
Atlantic Wish (BE)
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The Entrepreneurship (UK)
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Not Today Row (DE)
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A Pair of Pirates (UK)
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Team: Atlantic Bro-ing (IRL)

Number: (15)
Rower: Andrew Breen & Eamon Breen
Country: Ireland
Boat Design: R25
Charity: Make a Wish Ireland & First Light
Social Media: atlanticbroing.com

This row has been a dream of Andrew’s for many years now. Although I (Eamon) am new to rowing, it has been a passion on Andrew’s for at least a decade now. Andrew commented about his dream on a facebook post back in November about a team preparing to do the crossing… and I replied saying “sure I’ll do it with you….” So that’s where are now 🙂 Make A Wish Ireland – this charity to close to me as I have raised previous funds for them. I am also a member of a running who are in the middle of a fundraising event for them (run from Dublin to Donegal) which has been postponed since April 2020 thanks to Covid19. The son (Seimi) of one of the lads died from a brain tumour before he was able to have his wish granted. MAW do amazing work in putting some fun into special peoples lives at the time they need it most First Light – this is a charity that supports families who have been impacted by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (cotdeath). This is close to us as our oldest brother, Rory, died ages 10 weeks. It was obviously a very tough time for our Mam and Dad back then, as Rory was the first child in the family – another 5 have following since. As you’ll see from the team name, we have a major brother/family element in the challenge and what could be better than to name the boat Rory and to honour him with a donation to help other families experiencing the same difficulties

Team: Not Today (DE)

Number: (16)
Rower: Daniel Schleicher & Janik Prottung
Country: Germany
Boat Design: R25
Charity: Bali Children’s Project
Social Media: nottodayrow.com

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Hey, we are Janik and Danny! We graduated from the same high school in Germany in 2012. Today Janik lives in Munich Germany, Danny in Jakarta Indonesia. After years of sporadic contact, we reconnected in Bali in 2019. That’s when this crazy idea first came up. Exploring oneself is the elixir for personal development and change. What better way to do this than while rowing an ocean. Being divers, we have both spent a tiny bit of time on the open sea. This is the ultimate test. We are both ready to tackle a new adventure! Oh, and yes, we’ve heard about the dangers. But why not? Why not row 3000 miles across the Atlantic? Why Not Today? TWAC 2023 – Bring it on! Education is king. The more educated the world is, the better we can cope with future challenges such as climate change, digitisation and human rights. We want to support children from all over the world – starting in Bali. Giving children the chance for a better education ultimately increases the chances of humankind. With the help of our donors we will be able to renovate schools and libraries in rural Bali

Team: For Better Oar Worse (UK & CYM)

Number: (17)
Rower: Mark and Dani Jones
Country: United Kingdom & Wales
Boat Design: R25
Charity: Access Sport
Social Media: forbetteroarworse.com

We are Mark and Dani Jones a married couple, who have found our next mad adventure by signing up to the TWAC 2023. We have over come many obstacles that life has thrown at us, but together we have over come them all and which each one we have grown stronger as a couple. We are not professional rowers, but we are sport mad, it was our love of sport that bought us together as a couple. This is why one of our chosen charities is Access sport. Sport is such a powerful tool, it can boost confidence, help people overcome loneliness and improve physical and mental health issues. We believe everyone, no matter their backgrounds should have access to sport and Access sport provided so many people the opportunity to participate in a variety of sporting events. We will also be raising funds for our local area including our children’s school. The hardest part of for both if us will be leaving our two young children behind, but we want to inspire our children to follow their dreams and over come all that life has to throw at them. “Because all dreams are just the other side of fear, we just need the courage to take the journey”. So TWAC 2023.. Here we come, bring it on! “

Team: Atlantic Sixties (NL)

Number: (18)
Rower: Kees Verweel & Paul Van Der Linde
Country: Netherlands
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Plastic Soup Foundation, The Ocean Cleanup and Spieren Voor Spieren
Social Media: atlanticsixties.com

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Both Paul and Kees (1963) have a very long rowing career, and participated in lots of lifeboat & whaler races in The Netherlands as well as other countries. Both Paul and Kees do have one big dream on their bucket list; rowing across an ocean! In the year they will be 60 years old their dream will come true! Team Atlantic Sixties is on route for their biggest challenge in life; TWAC2023 During our Challenge we raise as much money as possible for three charities close to our hearts. Both in our work and private life, we are involved in the environment, sustainability and the necessary step towards a circular economy. And on a completely different note, although at least as important, every child must be physically able to be a child, meaning able to play and exercise. That is why we are very happy to support Plastic Soup Foundation, The Ocean Cleanup and Spieren voor Spieren

Team: Seas the Moments (UK)

Number: (19)
Rower: David Ferrier & Garry Hoyle
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: RNLI
Social Media: seasthemoments.co.uk

We have been lucky to have worked all our adult lives from leaving school at 16 and have taken the decision independently to retire from full time employment when we turn 60 and 61 respectively in 2023. We both don’t see retirement as the end of an era or a time to simply dwell on our past achievements but the beginning of the next big thing and an opportunity to make new memories. As we have remained sporty and healthy throughout our lives, we have talked for some time about marking the occasion with an appropriate challenge….and why not the world’s toughest row. As a charity, the RNLI depend on public support to help them meet the cost of saving lives at sea. Their volunteer lifesavers give their time for free, but they need training, well-maintained equipment, lifeboats and shore facilities. As we have both lived, worked and played near the sea or waterways our entire lives, we have seen first-hand the sterling and selfless work that these volunteers do for the community. When discussing the countless good charities available to support we kept coming back to the RNLI as it embodies the philosophy and ethos that we both value, namely trustworthy, courageous and dependable.

Team: Oarmighty Mates (UK)

Number: (20)
Rower: Andy Purvis & Stuart Hatcher
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: Dementia UK & Sporting Memories Foundation & Bright Shadows
http://www.dementiauk.org – https://www.sportingmemoriesnetwork.com/ –  https://brightshadow.org.uk/
Social Media: https://oarmightymates.co.uk/

Stuart – Hi Everyone my name is Stuart I’m 47 now but due to entering the TWAC2023 I will be celebrating my 50th somewhere in the Atlantic with one of my best buddies. I’m not an expert sea adventurer, but I do have a huge passion for the outdoors and endurance, so I guess if you think about it this is a combination of both just on an epic scale. But it’s not on the sea where you’d normally find me (especially in the months from December – February) because my biggest passion is Skiing! You’d find me blasting down mountains in powder, and out of season I’d be sitting round a fishing lake followed by a night round the campfire before sleeping under the stars. My love and passion for endurance racing doesn’t come from running ultra marathons or triathlons but it’s Motorsport. So what could I say when one of my best mates asked me to compete in the TWAC2023 with him, a race that combines both of my passions. I didn’t even give it a second thought I WAS IN! The sea has always been a happy and calming place for me from a young age, and that is why the challenge of rowing the Atlantic in aid of CALM and The Sporting Memories Foundation. Mental Health is something I have personal experience of and I hold charities like this close to my heart. Also after the year we have had, I don’t think Mental Health has been more prominent in peoples lives, and is being talked about more and more. Not only will be raising money for a very special charity, I also get to spend a couple of months at sea with someone who I know will keep me motivated, focused and will make me laugh when it’s all starts to feel a little too much. So just like life, the journey from now, as I write this sitting in my kitchen April 2021 until that moment when we finally row into English harbour in Antigua in February 2024 will be one to remember forever. I am so excited to go on this journey, to learn new skills and make some incredible memories. Please help and support us in raising money for this incredible charity. Andy – Hi my names Andy and I will be 60 a few weeks before the start of TWAC2023. Like my buddy Stuart I have always loved the outdoors and extreme activities. My hobbies include Skiing & Scuba diving and I have also skydived among several other extreme activities. My passion is however running having completed many half and full marathons. Rowing the Atlantic will however prove to be the ultimate challenge and we are both excited and honoured to have the opportunity to fulfil an achievement of a lifetime whilst raising money for such a fantastic cause. We are both very lucky to have super supportive families who will encourage us at all times on the wonderful journey ahead.

Team: The Noarsmen (DK & UK)

Number: (21)
Rower: Simon Floyer & Sander Palmqvist
Country: Denmark, United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Young Minds
Social Media: Coming Soon!

One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure” (William Feather)
So why do we want to row an ocean? Adventure. As teachers, this is our chance to inspire the students we teach, inspire young minds to understand that humans are capable of amazing things. We want these children to know that even when it is hard, there is triumph and joy at the end as long as you keep focused, keep dreaming, and strive to do great things. Are we ocean rowers? Nope. Are we mad? Perhaps. Do we plan on making the unimaginable possible by rowing across the Atlantic? You bet!
So why YoungMinds? No one predicted the pandemic that would ravage our way of life and subsequently our mental health. We have seen first hand the impact lockdowns and isolation from friends has had on children and their mental health. YoungMinds will be leading the charge to support our children, giving them a voice, whilst we battle through the aftermath of these difficult times. YoungMinds is helping to brighten the light.
This is the adventure.

Team: Worcester Buoys (UK)

Number: (22)
Rower: Matt Bladen & George Farmiloe
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Acorns Children’s Hospice
Social Media: worcesterbuoys.com

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In the depths of the pandemic, with just a drop of whisky remaining, two overgrown boys shook hands and sealed their fate. On that dark Christmas night, it was decided they would face their greatest challenge yet – the Atlantic Ocean. This story begins 11 years ago, when Matt and George first rowed together at school. In the years since, they have formed an unbreakable bond, a bond of brothers, the true test of which is yet to come. George loves to take on a challenge, however unprepared, as shown to a crowd of a thousand onlookers during his university boxing debut. Matt has a similar penchant for risk (despite his shocking injury record), and regularly competes at a high level in club rowing. Worcester born and bred, they bleed Worcestershire sauce. Make no mistake, these buoys aren’t just here to make up the numbers. We’re here to have an unforgettable experience, redefine our limits, and raise a huge amount of money for a great cause close to our hearts.

Team: Spirit of Hospitality (UK)

Number: (23)
Rower: Chris Mitchell & Robbie Laidlaw
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: DOR12
Charity: Hospitality Action
Social Media: @spirit_of_hospitality

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The hospitality industry is built upon a strong community spirit, and this spirit was damaged during the fallout of the pandemic with waves of redundancies sweeping the sector. Hospitality Action support people facing mental health challenges, something we understand the importance of, and want to support throughout our Atlantic campaign. The Spirit of Hospitality is a fitting name for our journey. Built upon generosity, cheerfulness and fun, our campaign brings together an industry that has suffered greatly, to achieve one important goal, the support of Hospitality Action and the vital work they do. From our lives working within the Contract Catering sector, we have partnered with some inspirational sponsors to help us achieve our fundraising goal of £100,000. Our campaign is being supported by some of the best chefs in the UK, who have kindly sponsored us with the creation of meals and snacks that will keep us going throughout the trip, and that we will share with our followers throughout the campaign. Suppliers, farmers, and producers have offered their support through sponsorship, helping to make our fundraising goal a reality. The Atlantic challenge is branded as “the world’s toughest row” and is a long way from the comforts of the industry we know and love. The tremendous power and support from the sector fuels our ambition, and with it we will cross the Atlantic ocean. Chris and Robbie

Team: Atlantic Dreamers (UK)

Number: (25)
Rower: Kirsten Bennett and Helen Maguire
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Manchester Mind
Social Media: atlanticdreamers.com

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Hi, we’re Kirsten and Helen, complete rowing novices with a thirst for adventure. We’ve always acknowledged how fundamentally important sport and activity is to our own lives and lockdown has reinforced that our own wellbeing relies on keeping active. Kirsten loves a challenge, her love for cycling came many years ago when, before buying a bike, signed up to cycle to Paris. Since then she has gone onto pedal thousands of miles in Europe and the UK. She also takes part in triathlon and has completed an 70.3 Ironman. Helen has completed ultra-marathons and trekked up to Everest Base Camp in 2019. Helen’s ‘can do’ attitude will serve her well when rowing the 3000 miles across the Atlantic. Our friendship blossomed at law school and after many years of watching each other grow professionally and personally, we feel the time is right to take some time out and embark on an adventure together which will push our mental and physical limits and be the ultimate test to our friendship. In our professional lives Helen and I both come across clients finding things hard emotionally. These experiences have spurred us on to support the charity ‘Manchester Mind’. Through our rowing efforts we intend to raise funds for Manchester Mind so that fewer people will face mental health problems alone.

Team: Last Oarders (UK)

Number: (26)
Rower: Stuart Pearce and Amy Fallon
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: TBC
Social Media: lastoarders.co.uk

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Both opting to study the same geology degree, Stuart and Amy met in 2011 at the University of Plymouth Freshers Week. Sessions down the pub, a shared fondness of Lord of The Rings and to a lesser degree – our degree, brought us together as good friends; a friendship which has continued to this day.

It was Stuart who first brought up the subject to Amy of competing in Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge over several bottles of wine, to which her reaction was “Why not?”. Both being the youngest of 3 and having an innate competitiveness, this is the ultimate test of just how far we can push ourselves.

Amy is by far the most experienced rower, with 18 years under her belt to Stuart’s 2 years but neither has tried ocean rowing before. It is a challenge we are both very much looking forward to and we are both very excited to start this amazing journey!

Team: A Salty Journey (NL)

Number: (27)
Rower: Bea Palant (& TBC)
Country: Netherlands
Boat Design: Dor12
Charity: TBC
Social Media: a-salty-journey.com

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Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far they can go
– T.S. Eliot –

It is exactly that what makes us want to take part in this brutal 4800 km challenge. How far can we train ourselves, physically and mentally? How far can we push ourselves until we reach -or even go over- our limits?

The ocean is calling!

Team: Atlantic Wish (BE)

Number: (29)
Rower: Benny Sintubin & Jeroen Claeys
Country: Belgium
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Make a Wish – Belgium
Social Media: atlanticwish.be

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Only those who risk going too far, can possibly find out how far they can go – T.S. Eliot –

It is exactly that what makes us want to take part in this brutal 4800 km challenge. How far can we train ourselves, physically and mentally? How far can we push ourselves until we reach -or even go over- our limits?

Adventure is what brought us (Bea and Iris) together; both always ready to engage in another quest and to chase the next dream on the horizon. This salty journey will definitely be the most epic expedition we have ever undertaken. We’re not -experienced- rowers at all, but as energized and excited as we are, we’re always going full throttle.

By combining our shared love for life, nature and adventure we hope to use this epic undertaking as an opportunity to raise awareness for environmental issues. During the crossing we expect to get closer to the water and the life it contains than we have ever been before; both the beautiful and the imposing parts of it. We’ll test our own resilience and put ourselves at the mercy of the ocean and hopefully we can use this experience and new understanding to in return support and aid to nature’s own resilience and endurance.

It will be a hard challenge, undertaken with many shared laughs and tears. We are confident that this salty journey will be a worthy test of our own perseverance and limits.

The ocean is calling!

Team: Never2Late (UK)

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Rower: Jim Ronaldson & Ian Davies
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: Papyrus – Suicide prevention in young people
Social Media: https://www.gofundme.com/f/rqbkc7-never2late?qid=415c8fc37566e798fd8e0a57fe4648fe

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We have choosen to row the Atlantic with each other, to show that no matter what age you are, if you have  the will and mental strength you can do whatever you want.
Why Papyrus? The Covid 19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the mental health of young people  in particular, many of whom have experienced feelings of anxiety, depression, loneliness and  isolation as well as a loss of coping mechanisms and/or motivation. Disrupted schooling, loss  of employment, the inability to socialise with friends  and the bereavement for lost loved ones  have triggered mental health conditions or exacerbated existing ones.
To combat this worrying trend, we will use our challenge to raise both awareness and monies  for Papyrus.
Team: She rOars (SCT)

Number: (28)
Rower: Sabrina Simpson & Leanne Maiden
Country: Scotland
Boat Design: R25
Charity: Women’s Fund for Scotland, The Polar Academy & The Mabel Foundation
Social Media: she-roars.com

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As a team we are enthusiastic and motivated with equality and empowerment of women and girls being at the forefront of our minds.  As we grow from absolute beginners to seasoned ocean rowers in this new unaccustomed world we hope to inspire other women and girls to step outside their norm and go on their own ADVENTURE of DISCOVERY to reach for that previously unreachable goal.

We have chosen to partner with The Polar Academy, The Mabel Foundation & Women’s Fund for Scotland.

The Polar Academy, work with ‘invisible’ children – the victims of bullying, abuse or children crushed by lack of self-esteem and confidence. Building them into leaders and role models.

The Mabel Foundation, aims to see end of period poverty in Africa, ensuring communities are educated on menstrual health management. Driven to end period poverty in an ecologically-friendly and sustainable way, and spearheading an educational program with the goal to keep girls in school, debunking menstrual myths and taboos.

Women’s Fund for Scotland covers a diverse range of grassroots projects that greatly benefit the communities in which we live and work. There are over 600 projects supported by the Charity across Scotland and at any given time you are no more than 50 miles from a funded project.

Team: The Entrepreneurship (UK)

Rower: Sam Glover & Jake Chapman
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

The Saltaire

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Team: Not Today Row (DE)

Rower: Janik Prottung & Danny Schleicher
Country: Germany
Boat Design: R25
Charity: https://balichildrensproject.org/ & https://ozeankind.de/
Social Media: https://nottodayrow.com/

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We row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money, for children’s education.

Why not row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean?
Why not raise money for education?
Why not do it today?

When we met again ten years after graduating from highschool, these questions came to mind. Danny emigrated to Jakarta to support the family business and Janik moved to Munich to work in IT and study physics. Through a video, Danny had heard about the Atlantic Challenge. A beer or two later, we finished the thought. Let’s start this adventure, but risk our lives for what?

We both believe that the better educated the world is, the better we can meet the future challenges like climate change, digitalization, or human rights. With this in mind, we chose to support two educational charities. Bali’s Children Project helps children in the rural areas of Bali. They give them acces to education by sponsoring and renovating schools. Ozeankind combines pollution with education by opening barter stores in Zanzibar. There, children exchange returned plastic items for something of value.

Team: A Pair of Pirates (UK)

Rower: James Ferrell & Liz Wardley
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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We row across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for children’s education!

Why not row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean? Why not raise money for education? Why not do it today?

When we met again ten years after graduating from high school, these questions came to mind. Danny emigrated to Jakarta to support the family business, and Janik moved to Munich to work in IT and study physics. Through a video, Danny had heard about the Atlantic Challenge. A beer or two later, we finished the thought. Let’s start this adventure, but risk our lives for what?

We both believe that the better educated the world is, the better we can meet future challenges like climate change, digitalization, or human rights. With this in mind, we chose to support two educational charities. Bali’s Children Project helps children in the rural areas of Bali. They give them access to education by sponsoring and renovating schools. Ozeankind combines pollution with education by opening barter stores in Zanzibar. There, children exchange returned plastic items for something of value.

Trios

Become Atlantic (UK)
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Team Excelsioar (UK)
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Mermaid Atlantic (UK)
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Team Oarmighty (CYM)
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Team: Team Excelsioar (UK)

Number: (32)
Rower: Caroline Hague, Rachel Smillie & Nicki Kelly
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Dash & Thames Hospice
Social Media: teamexcelsioar.com

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We are all members of Eton Excelsior rowing club and train together on the stretch of water between Maidenhead and Windsor. We are all driven to push ourselves and achieve things that maybe at first seem slightly beyond what people may see as possible. Another member of the club has recently come back from completing the challenge himself and whilst he was training we started the could we, should we, type conversations which finally turned into a yes we should, let’s just get on and do it type conversation. As a group of women, we are not shy of a challenge – individually we have run marathons, rafted down white water, climbed mountains etc and we know that we can and will support each other through this amazing challenge. DASH is clearly a charity that supports women to be the best they can be and encourages them to stand firm in the face of adversity. We all work with young people in our real lives and at our rowing club and know the effect unhealthy relationships can have both on the individuals and on their extended families. DASH is a charity that many turn to in their hour of need and we want to support DASH to carry on their amazing work. We must stand firm against any abuse within relationships and through our challenge we hope to highlight the work of DASH whilst raising funds for the charity. Thames hospice is a charity close to our hearts. I don’t think there is anyone whose lives have not been touched in some way by cancer and the support of organisations such as hospices is vital when individuals and their families are going through the toughest of times. Palliative care is essential so that people can find dignity and peace in the darkest of moments. Thames hospice is a local charity and we hope to help support its profile in the community.

Team: Mermaid Atlantic (UK)

Number: (33)
Rower: Xaiver Baker, Paul Berry, Chris Mannion
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Hampshire & IOW Wildlife Trust, Surfers Against Sewage and The Seahorse Trust.
Social Media: www.mermaidatlantic.com

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As a group of ocean-loving islanders, the Mermaid Atlantic team are rowing to raise awareness of the pollution and preservation of the world’s water habitats and raise money for marine-focused environmental charities.

The world’s climate crisis is a shared concern for the three teammates, who all embrace the sea as part of their everyday lives. They aim to raise awareness for two issues, water quality, including plastic pollution, and the protection of seagrass meadows. The team will be actively selecting sustainably produced materials for the row and competing as a net-zero outfit to highlight the effect waste disposal and human activity is having on the natural w

Team: Team Oarmighty (CYM)

Number: (34)
Rower: William Collingwood-bell, Samantha Owen & Che Owen
Country: Wales
Boat Design: Rossiter 4
Charity: Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Social Media:
Page – TEAMOARMIGHTY.WALES 
Instagram – @TEAMOARMIGHTY

TEAM OARMIGHTY – A TRIO FROM CARDIGAN BAY, WEST WALES, EMBARKING ON THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ROW – 3000 MILES ACROSS THE ATLANTIC OCEAN FROM LA GOMERA TO ANTIGUA IN TWAC 2023!

Team OarMighty are a team of Coastal Rowers from Cardigan Bay in Beautiful Cymru/Wales who have a passion for Coastal Sculling. William Collingwood-Bell (St Dogmaels), Sam Owen and Che Owen (Llangrannog) have rowed together for many years and in fact Sam & Che are mother son! Each is a prolific competitor at local, national and international level both in indoor and outdoor competitions; winning medals in the Welsh Open offshore championships, British indoor rowing championships, European fixed Seat Championships, and most recently, Che Owen becoming the highest ranked Welsh solo (CM1X) rower in GBR after battling the waves to get through to the finals at the World Rowing Coastal Offshore Championships & at only 18 years old! The Team have also completed significant challenges such as the ‘Great River Race’ – London’s River marathon; ‘Monster of the Loch’ and Will has completed the Celtic Challenge – rowing from Ireland to Wales, being part of the winning Men’s team in 2019! Full bio’s available on our website/social media.

The team are delighted to have secured a place in the TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE – being the premier event in ocean rowing, it is just the challenge the team have been looking for. The team’s Ocean Rowing boat ‘Ceffyl Gwyn Lochtyn’ (Meaning ‘Lochtyn’s White Horse’ in English), is no stranger to the Atlantic after successfully crossing three times already and she still holds the Pure Class Record from 2017.  She can often be seen moored around Cardigan Bay as the team train along the beautiful Cardigan Bay coastline.

 The team are taking on this epic challenge to support a fund close to their hearts called ‘Cronfa i Bawb Urdd’ which means ‘Fund For All’. This is a fund to raise money for Children and Young People from disadvantaged backgrounds to access an activities break. As Sam is a Care Leaver herself the team feel this is a very positive campaign to be connected with. The money raised will support Children & Young People to access a free activities holiday at one of the three Urdd Summer Camps in Wales, where they can try a range of fun activities, make new friends and create positive and lifelong memories. Every £150.00 raised will pay for the majority of the cost of a full holiday for one child at either Llangrannog, Glan-Llyn or Cardiff Urdd Centres. This includes transport, accommodation, up to 35 exciting activities including – canoeing, rafting, zipwire, swimming, skiing, dancing and the opportunities to make new friends and amazing life-long memories!

It’s easy to follow the team on Facebook or Instagram. Anyone who is interested in the amazing opportunities available to Sponsors of the team can download a full information pack from the team’s website – teamoarmighty.wales. Donations to the charity can be made via the team’s Just Giving page which is accessible via the team’s social media, website or directly via the link below.

If you require further information, please feel free to drop the Team a line on teamoarmighty@gmail.com or through one of our platforms.

FACEBOOK –   @TEAMOARMIGHTY-TWAC2023

INSTAGRAM – @TEAMOARMIGHTY

WEB – http://TEAMOARMIGHTY.WALES

JUSTGIVING – https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamoarmighty-twac2023-urdd-fund-for-all-cronfa-cyfle-i-bawb

Team: Become Atlantic (UK)

Rower: Penny Mallory, Maddie Difazio-Wright & Grace Pybus
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Empire Fighting Chance
Social Media: http://www.becomeatlantic.com/

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Sometimes certain stars align and happy accidents occur. Through mutual friends, we found ourselves in Maddie’s kitchen, making very real plans for an Atlantic adventure in 2023. Some things are just meant to be and whilst we have our own personal reasons for this row, our shared focus is on learning new skills, pushing ourselves to new limits and embarking on an adventure with people who bring out the best in each of us.

The anticipation is palpable and we will ‘become’ Atlantic Ocean Rowers in 2023!

Team: The Tidewaves (UK)

Rower: Louise Cox, Robyn Hart-Winks & Jordan Cole-Hossain
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Acces Sport, London Youth Rowing
Social Media: http://www.the-tidewaves.com/

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Robyn, Louise and Jordan met at the University of London Boat Club where they became close friends. Their mutual drive, ability to rally each other and desire for adventure let them to the Atlantic Challenge. Supporting Access Sport and London Youth Rowing gives momentum and motivation to the challenge for the crew. It is important that children from all walks of life can play sport, just as the crew did.

The opportunities to access sport that these charities deliver to children and young people are hugely important. The Tidewaves hope to use the duration of the project to engage with these charities on the ground; encouraging, coaching and supporting the initiatives alongside raising funds for their progammes.

Fours

Ace of Blades (UK)
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Salty Science (USA & CA)
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Fourmidable (UK)
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HMS Oardacious (UK)
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Blue Atlantics (NL)
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Intrepid 232 (UK)
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Team Marduk (UK)
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Team Out of the Blue (CH)
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BlueTusk (UK)
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Hamilton Clan (USA)
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Rowcovery Antigua (ANT/UK)
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WaveBreakers (UK)
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There She Rows (UK)
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Aussie Old Salts (AU)
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Atlantic R2R (UK)
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The Big Oardeal (UK)
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Team: Ace of Blades (UK)

Number: (35)
Rower: Liz Watson, Katherine Windsor, Laura Langton & 1 TBC
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Macmillan, Outward Bound and Prostate Cymru
Social Media: Coming Soon!

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We are four women with one goal: to row across the mighty Atlantic Ocean. Individually, we all want to test and explore what we are made of. United by a sense of adventure and unafraid of a challenge, we have come together to take on this incredible journey. We are raising money for three charities that have either helped the crew personally, or those close to us: – Outward Bound helps young people to build confidence and resilience – Prostate Cymru supports men in Wales with benign prostate disease and prostate cancer – Macmillian provides emotional, physical and financial support to people diagnosed with cancer and their families These causes are the driving force behind our journey and we couldn’t be prouder to be supporting them and raising awareness of their work. Underpinning all of this, we recognise the importance of making our journey as sustainable as possible. We look forward to drawing on the experience of others to help us achieve this, and to sharing what we learn. We hope all those adventurous souls out there will follow our journey, and perhaps be inspired to take on their own adventures in the future.

Team: Salty Science (USA & CA)

Number: (36)
Rower: Chantale Bégin, Noelle Helder, Isabelle Côté & Lauren Shea
Country: Canada, USA
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Bamfield Marine Science Centre, Green Wave & Shellback Expeditions
Social Media: saltyscience.org

We are three generations of marine scientists, connected through marine research and education. Isabelle, a marine ecologist at Simon Fraser University, was Chantale’s PhD advisor and had a big impact on her ideas in marine ecology and conservation. Noelle and Lauren met while studying coral reef ecology during a field course in Curaçao – that was taught by Chantale! Our paths have all remained intertwined over the years, united by a passion for marine conservation. We have committed our lives to understanding, protecting, and sharing our passion for the ocean. All of us love adventures of all sorts, and competing in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge is one adventurous way for us to draw attention to ocean protection, and to support the people and organizations on the front lines of the fight for our ocean. We are splitting our fundraising efforts three ways, which reflects our team’s origins and experiences: some of us are Canadian, some of us are American, so we wanted to support charities based in both of our home countries. But also, we’ve all spent a lot of time working in the Eastern Caribbean, and with the race ending in Antigua we feel strongly that our efforts should also raise funds for marine conservation efforts in the West Indies. More specifically, we aim to raise at least $300,000 for marine conservation organizations, split evenly between the Bamfield Marine Science Center in Canada to support a scholarship fund for students of underrepresented minorities to complete courses and research in marine conservation, Green Wave—a non-profit based in Connecticut (USA) dedicated to sustainable ocean farming, and Shellback Expeditions—a non-profit started by Chantale and colleagues dedicated to marine conservation projects in the Eastern Caribbean.

Team: Fourmidable (UK)

Number: (37)
Rower: Austin Schwarz, John Murphy, Tom Wire & Tom Dove
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: TBC
Social Media: Coming Soon!

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I think we are all interested in finding our limit. For some of us this may be the only opportunity to really challenge ourselves. For others this is just one of a long list of events we have participated in. More than just a test of endurance I think the row will test our mental fortitude as well as our ability to adapt and overcome as a team.

Team: HMS Oardacious (UK)

Number: (38)
Rower: Classified
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and the Submariner Memorial Appeal
Social Media: hmsoardacious.com

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We are Royal Navy Submariners; having taken part in the 2019 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge we found our culture as submariners really harmonised with the extreme environment of “the World’s Toughest Row”, whether it was knowing everything there is to know about our boat, looking out for our crew mates, managing watch systems all while contending with sleep deprivation and dealing with the emotions of leaving our loved ones. Fortunately, 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. HMS Oardacious are back to showcase our professionalism and adaptability as Submariners, pushing ourselves both physically and mentally. Our bodies and minds will again be tempered by the sheer vastness of the Atlantic Ocean; Neptune will again throw his fury upon our little craft and he will be met by Submariners, laughing back at him! Having previously fundraised over £100,000 in support of Mental Health initiatives, we continue to build on our legacy working with our service charity RNRMC, to provide Mental Health and Wellbeing support to our community: serving submariners, veterans and their families through life. Heritage and remembrance are also significant parts of our ethos, recognising all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country; we are therefore proud to also be supporting the Submariner Memorial Appeal to create a fitting memorial to submariners who lost their lives in the service and to the sacrifice of their families.

Team: Blue Atlantics (NL)

Number: (39)
Rower: Ilse Schuurman, Ingrid Voorn, Margot Vries, Marije Van De Bor
Country: Netherlands
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: Het Vergeten Kind and Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur
Social Media: blueatlantics.com

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“Why?” is the question we often receive when we tell that we’re going to row the Atlantic. Why? It’s hard to explain… It’s a feeling that’s already been there for a long time. A feeling to do something way outside our comfort zones, a desire to do something extraordinary, something we never thought we’re capable of. To prove to ourselves that we are, and that we can do more than we ever expected, both physically and mentally. Go back to our basics, getting to know ourselves and each other even better and find out if what we do in life at this moment is the way to go or if something has to change.

We are fortunate that we can change things if we really want to. There are a lot of children in our country who aren’t that lucky. Who live in an environment of abandonment or violence. We row for these children, by choosing Het Vergeten Kind (the Forgotten Child) as one of our charities. This organization fights for a stable, loving environment where children can develop properly. Give them positive experiences with real attention, so they feel seen and supported and regain self-confidence. Something no one can do without…

Besides that we also believe that children should be able to develop themselves in either a cultural or a sportive way. Engaging in sports or culture helps a child to develop optimally in a physical, mental and social way. In the Netherlands however, 1 out of 11 children isn’t able to do this, due to the fact that parents can’t afford it. Children who can’t join such activities, don’t have the opportunities that are taken for granted by their peers. Our second charity therefore is the Jeugdfonds Sport & Cultuur (the Sports & Culture Youth Fund), since all children should be able to dream of becoming the next professional athlete or world famous pop star.

Team: Intrepid 232 (UK)

Number: (40)
Rower: Rosemary Satchwell, Alison Smithurst, Helene Monpetit, Julie Brady
Country: Jersey
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: Grace Crocker Foundation + Blue Marine
Social Media: intrepid232.com

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BELIEVE YOU CAN AND YOU ARE HALFWAY THERE

Hi, we are a team of 4 ladies from the Island of Jersey – Channel Islands, United Kingdom. The sea plays a massive part in our general lives and we are fortunate enough to all live within a mile radius of the coast. Hence we are either on the sea, in it or under it most days. As a team of busy working mums, we want to show that age and gender are not obstacles in achieving something you really want to do and believe strongly in the power of our combined team focus to achieve this goal.

When we succeed in our journey across the Atlantic Ocean we will set a new Guinness Book world record, by being the oldest female crew to have rowed any ocean. Along the way we wish to raise funds for two charities close to our hearts; the Grace Crocker Foundation and the Blue Marine Foundation.

The Grace Crocker Foundation provides emotional and financial support for Jersey families who have children requiring medical support in the UK. The Blue Marine Foundation is a charity dedicated to restoring the ocean to health by addressing overfishing. It currently has a number of worldwide projects and one of those is working with the Jersey National Trust in trying to protect the National park around the Jersey coast.

Please join us on our fantastic sea journey!

Team: Team Marduk (UK)

Number: (41)
Rower: Peter Rose, Alexande Jackson, Adam Carrier & George Dagnall
Country: United Kingdom, Zimbabwe
Boat Design: Rx45
Charity: Head Up & Bowel Cancer Uk
Social Media: https://www.mardukatlanticchallenge.com/

This challenge is a fantastic way for us to raise money and awareness for two charities: Head-Up and Bowel Cancer UK. Team Marduk understand that mental resilience and physical endurance are two of the main components needed to complete the row, we intend to develop ourselves as a team and demonstrate that mental resilience isn’t just something you have, it is developed through adversity.

We want this challenge to raise the profile of our charities and give them a platform to discuss mental health for veterans and services personnel; something which is currently deteriorating. We also want to raise more awareness for Bowel Cancer UK, and help prompt earlier identification for the growing number of young people who are becoming diagnosed with this lethal disease. Finally, much like the Babylonian god Marduk did, we want to conquer the beast of the sea; and to help empower other people who might be going through life’s trials and encourage them to challenge their own limits.

Team: Team Out of the Blue (CH)

Number: (42)
Rower: Amir Anwar-Hameed, Sergio Dubra, Johannes Rehbein, Marko Rehbein
Country: Netherland & Switzerland
Boat Design: R45
Charity: JINC & Reef Support
Social Media: http://www.outoftheblue.team

Photo montage of Team Out of the Blue

As individuals, we are adventure-seekers eager for the next great challenge. But as a team, we are all driven to deliver on something far more important. We are embarking on this journey with a mission: To row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in support of charities that embrace our shared values for environmental conservation and equal education for all.

Based out of the Netherlands and Switzerland, our team consists of an aspiring aerospace engineer; industrial designer; social-tech founder and physiologist. Together we form an interesting alliance, some would even call it Out of the Blue. By taking on ‘the world’s toughest row’ we expect to be pushed to our absolute limits and welcome the adversities between now and the finish line.

Having little experience in ocean rowing we will continue to train and campaign for the next two years until our goals are met, proving that nothing is impossible when you have focus and determination. At the same time, our intention is to inspire like-minded individuals to be bold and realise the impact they can make through taking action. The Atlantic Campaign is the perfect opportunity for Team Out of the Blue to achieve this goal.

Team: BlueTusk

Rowers: David Tiplady, Aaron Kneebone, Andrew Curtis & Chis Wood
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Blue Marine Foundation & Tusk
Social Media: http://www.bluetusk.co.uk/

Introducing the crew of BlueTusk

The guys are work colleagues who all share a passion for challenge and adventure; each with their own personal experiences of taking on extreme endurance events (albeit not always on the water). They also share a love of the great outdoors and are using the Challenge to highlight the urgent need to protect our planet’s wildlife and habitats against both human and environmental impacts, raising funds for two amazing conservation charities, Blue Marine Foundation and Tusk.

The team is made up of …

Andy Curtis, loves the open water his experiences include sailing as well as open water rowing

David Tiplady, a veteran of 9 Ironman races with a passion for endurance cycling and running events

Aaron Kneebone, an ex-Royal Marine, who is passionate about the ocean and is a keen competitive cyclist

Chris Wood, with a passion for adventure activities,  he is an ex-rower including competitively with the British Army

Team: Hamilton Clan (USA)

Number: 44
Rowers: Timothy Hamilton, Trent Hamilton, Troy Hamilton & Thomas Hamilton
Country: USA
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: Send Relief – Afghanistan Refugee Crisis
Social Media: Coming Soon!

The Hamilton Clan

There are few bigger challenges in this world, and my love of the ocean and adventure has drawn my brothers and I toward this row. We seek the opportunity to bond through the adventure, isolation, and challenge.

This charity means so much to us. My brother Troy spent nearly a decade living in Afghanistan running various NGOs. We all have a heart for the oppressed in this world and each of us in different ways have a connection to the people of Afghanistan, so we are super passionate about raising money to help support Afghan refugees.

Team: WaveBreakers

Number: 47
Rowers: Katherine Antrobus, Harriet Carder, Hila Coggans & Bobbie Mellor
Country: United Kingdom and Ireland
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Tusk, The Ocean Conservation Trust & OceanMind
Social Media: wavebreakers.co.uk

We are the WaveBreakers. We are four women, across four decades, taking on the extraordinary. We are going to row across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2023 to protect your planet. We are raising money for three charities that use technology to protect our world from the effects of climate change.
– Katherine – Former river rower, thalassophile, desire to inspire.
– Hatty – River rower, serial explorer, loves a challenge.
– Hila – Paddle sport adventurer, challenge driven, thrives on learning.
– Bobbie – River rower, adventure seeker, passionate about sustainability.
Team: There She Rows (UK)

Number:
Rowers: Victoria Monk, Ana Zigic, (2 TBC)
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: Endometriosis UK, Women’s Sport Trust, Teenage Cancer Trust
Social Media: https://www.instagram.com/theresherows/

There She Rows is an all-female team racing in TWAC 2023. Uniting four women with a mutual love of adventure – sailors, ironwomen, ultramarathon runners, elite rowers – with one shared goal … to inspire women and girls to get active and to demonstrate that through sport, anything is possible.

Girls drop out of sports at 1.5x the rate that boys do by age 14. By age 17, more than half of girls will quit playing sports altogether. Similarly, in the UK, there are 2 million fewer women than men regularly playing sport – There She Rows want to use the race as a platform to inspire women and girls everywhere, and showcase that with self-belief, their own Atlantic Oceans can be crossed and conquered.

Team: Aussie Old Salts (AUS)

Number:
Rowers: Alisdair Putt, Gordon Dryburgh, Justin Weetabix & (+ 1 TBC)
Country: Australia
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Veterans Transition Centre (VTC) Jarradale, Western Australia
Social Media: http://www.aussieoldsalts.org.au

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Didn’t read the fine print about an environmentally friendly, low cost cruise to the Caribbean!

Our charity is, Helping military veterans having a difficult time transitioning to a civilian environment, spending time with former comrades in a lovely Australian bush setting.

Team: Foarrest Gumption (USA)

Number:
Rowers: Payton Henson, Jesse McNeil, Elijah Spray and Ewan Wilson
Country: USA
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: SailFuture
Social Media: http://www.gumptionrowing.com

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The four of us have spent most of our free time outdoors since childhood, fishing and diving in the Gulf of Mexico, backpacking in the Appalachians, Sierras, and Himalayas, and hunting in Montana and Alaska. When a friend of Evan’s wife Noelle stumbled into the end of the race while working on a sailboat in Antigua, she reached out to Noelle and they put together the team Salty Science (also entered in the 2023 race). After a few weeks of FOMO, Evan reached out to me and we put together our own motley crew, Foarrest Gumption. We’re looking forward to a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Providing access to a quality education for underserved youth is a cause we care deeply about. Looking around our local community back in Florida, Evan suggested we work with SailFuture, an innovative foster care program and high school in Tampa, FL. SailFuture has strong ties to the ocean, with portions of their programs taking place on sailboats in the Gulf. Combining access to the outdoors with educational opportunity is a perfect fit for us, so we reached out and were thrilled when they wanted to partner. All revenue we raise above and beyond the cost of the race goes to them, as well as the eventual resale funds from the boat.

Team: Atlantic R2R (UK)

Number: (48)
Rower: Tom Atkinson, Jordan Parkinson, Richard Parkinson & Paul Roadnight
Country: Scotland
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: Rock2Recovery
Social Media: atlanticr2r.com

The Saltaire

Why: As George Mallory said – ‘Because it is there!’ Atlantic R2R is made up of 2 professional yacht crew, a hotelier, an ex-solider and a current soldier who all hold in common a drive, competitiveness and will to find and test their physical and mental limits – what better place to find and then push these limits that the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge! Although the team come from various backgrounds, the combined qualities, skills and experiences of each team member make for an exciting, cohesive and competitive ocean rowing team and an excellent vessel to raise money and awareness for veterans mental health through their chosen charity Rock2Recovery. Why we have chosen the charity: Mental health is a subject close to many members of the team, but veterans mental health in particular is close to Tom and Paul since the death of a friend and former colleague due to mental health issues. Rock2Recovery was founded by Jamie Sanderson RM and Jason Fox RM following long careers as senior ranking Royal Marines which resulted in medical discharges after diagnoses of stress illness and brain injury. R2R strive to creat positive change when it is needed most and following their unique experience they recognize the need for rapid preventative interventions, specific coaching and assistance, including the provision of short and long-term refocusing support for veterans leaving the service with brain injuries and mental health issues attributable to their period of service.

Team: The Big Oardeal (UK)

Rower: John Aston, John Solosy, Richard Janes & James Bracey
Country: England & Wales
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: TBC
Social Media: http://www.the-big-oardeal.com/

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This is a once in a life time event. The team have a previous military connection and bond which we hope will stand us in good stead to complete this 3,000 mile adventure. We want to inspire and raise awareness for some great charities.

Two of the team live in Cardiff, Wales and the other two in Norfolk. The charities cover our respective  geographical locations but importantly include common ambitions/objectives around supporting health and wellbeing, maritime conservation and smaller charities in Norfolk. The rowing crew all have young (ish) children and want to support health, welfare and conservation…we hope this will help to raise greater awareness of the fragility of the world but also its beauty.

Team: Rowcovery Antigua (ANT/UK)

Rower: Nia Baylis, Caroline Tranter, Pammie Tyson & Mary Wilkinson
Country: Antigua, United Kingdom, Canada
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: The Friends Foundation, Antigua & Barbuda
Social Media: TBC

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As a team of four women, in December 2023 we will embark on a journey of a lifetime, pushing the boundaries of human endurance and discovering our personal limits. Beyond challenging ourselves, our ambition is to increase awareness of mental health and highlight the need to recognise and support each other when faced with demanding situations.

Undertaking this row will take courage, wisdom and resilience beyond anything we’ve encountered before.  Collectively we are all driven by a belief that together we can do more than what we can do alone and when equipped with a positive mindset and unequivocal support, anything is possible.

When a challenge this demanding presents itself in life and seems unimaginably hard and out of reach, it’s perseverance and commitment that will help us overcome. And with the words of of Kurt Hahn echoing in the background – “We are all better than we know, if only we can be brought to realise this, we may never be prepared to settle for anything less”.

Our ambition while taking on this challenge is to increase awareness for mental health and raise funds for the Friends Foundation in Antigua.

The Friends Foundation is an independent non-profit organisation that helps mentally and physically challenged children and their families in Antigua & Barbuda.

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