2024 Race Entrants

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The Oarburn Rower (UK)
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Apollo Rower (UK)
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All4One (DE)
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Ocean Nomads (DE)
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Atlantic Odyssey (UK)
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Big Poppa's Ultimate Solo Challenge (UK)
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Remote Rider (UK)
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Row For Hope (NZ)
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Row for MS(UK)
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Mumentous (UK)
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Black Forest Rower (DE)
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Team: The Oarburn Rower (UK)

Number: (1)
Rower: Kyle Meredith
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: theoarburnrower.com

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I’m Kyle, a 20-something Yorkshireman, who has gradually migrated south and currently lives in Salisbury, Wiltshire. As you may have guessed already, I’m a red-head. Most people would say ginger but I’d say I’m more African Sunset or even OARburn. Most red-heads are known to be; feisty, pale, possess copious freckles, often found in a shaded area and – importantly – extremely headstrong. In 2020 – during the first national COVID-19 lockdown – Grandad Michael was admitted to Leeds General Infirmary where he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Malignant Melanoma. The cancer had become metastasis meaning it had grown beyond the original tumour location and regional lymph nodes and spread to his lungs and brain. Not more than 2 weeks later, Grandad Michael tragically lost his fight with Melanoma and succumbed to cancer. Did you know that us red-heads make up between 1-2% of the global population? Did you also know that we have differences in our genetic make-up in the form of a variant in the Melanocortin-1 Receptor (MC1R)? This genetic difference – as well as provides us with our distinctive red-head characteristics – means we are 10x times greater risk of developing skin cancer than our non-red head friends. Melanoma is a very serious and common form of skin cancer which has the ability to spread to the body’s vital organs rapidly if not detected at an early stage. Staggeringly around 15,400 new cases of Melanoma are diagnosed every year in the UK – with cases expected to rise 7% by 2035 – of which 51% of diagnosis are given to men. Whilst with early detection, professional support and treatment, 91% of Melanoma patients survive their disease for 5 or more years, there are still around 2,300 Melanoma deaths in the UK each year.

Team: Apollo Rower (UK)

Number: (2)
Rower: Tom Mumford
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R10
Charity: TBC
Social Media: apollorower.com

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I’m a teacher, and I want to show my students (and anyone else) that with hard work and determination anything is possible. Even something as ridiculous as rowing across the Atlantic Ocean!

Team: All4One (DE)

Number: (3)
Rower: Martin Stengele
Country: Germany
Boat Design: R10
Charity: https://mukobw.de
Social Media: http://www.martin-stengele.de

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Since I was a child I always wanted to be a captain and sail the seas. Well, at least up to the time at which my mother tried to explain to me that I had to have a high school graduation and had to study to get a ship master´s certificate.

However this was not possible as already one of my brothers was studying and we were not able to afford another student (we were six children and my father had a very low income). After some time I returned to my mother beaming with joy and I told her proudly: “ If I cannot be a captain I will be a seaman!”

I made my dream come true in that extent that I served for four years in the German Navy and sailed as crew member on a restored training sailing ship named “Roald Amundsen” for some years.

For several years I have been enthusiastic about kayaking.

During my gym teacher training I also started to run and since then I mastered some marathons.

As a “personal fitness trainer” I will be able to prepare myself well for the physical challenges.

Being a sport psychologist will surely be very helpful during this long trip.

Team: Ocean Nomads (DE)

Number: (4)
Rower: Johannes Niemann
Country: Germany
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: oceannomad.de

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As a passionate surfer, rower and sailor it´s My Way to give back to this beautiful life sustaining Energy.

I don’t really like to row the ocean. It´s 5000km of rowing, open waters, challenging times. But as I was visiting La Gomera in early 2021 and then Sailing with The Blue Pearl, it was more like a Call that came from the deep. As I always try to trust and follow my Soul Journey I had no way to say no, but Yes. A couple of days later I arrived in Fuerteventura and started to seek discomfort and got activ. I had a Call with the Event Manager and got my Spot for 24. Time for a new Adventure 🙂

Team: Atlantic Odyssey (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Ananya Prasad
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R10
Charity: The Mental Health Foundation
Social Media: Coming Soon

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I’ve followed the race avidly since 2018 and like most people who sign up, ocean rowing is very new to me so I will figuratively and literally be throwing myself in the deep end! With my extensive total of zero hours experience rowing on the water (bar parks and lakes!) and my non-existent nautical skillset, a winning combination of blind optimism and lockdown restlessness led me to sign up for this adventure of a lifetime.

In all seriousness, I’ve always loved the outdoors, new adventures and trying new things, whether it’s kayaking, trekking, rock climbing or mountaineering and in my latest exploit, I climbed Gran Paradiso in the Italian Alps this August. I look forward to the various aspects of preparing for the row over the next 3 years.

To the best of my knowledge, I would be the first woman of colour to solo row across any ocean if successful. While there’s a myriad of reasons why rowing as a sport is relatively less diverse, I hope to encourage more diversity in adventure sport and ocean rowing, whether I succeed in the Atlantic Challenge or not.

The charity I’m raising money for is the Mental Health Foundation, whose primary aim is research into mental health, focusing on prevention of mental illness. The vast majority of resources are directed toward treating existing illness whereas the MHF focuses on research into mental illness and reduce poor mental health. They also work to change social perceptions around mental health and despite recent improvements in concern for mental health, it’s still unfairly stigmatised in a way that physical health is not, even as mental illness rates continue to rise globally.

Team: Big Poppa’s Ultimate Solo Challenge (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Vic Handley
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R10 (TBC)
Charity: Crohn’s and Colitis UK
Social Media: (TBC)

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Why am doing this?

I’ll be 70 years old when I undertake the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in 2024. I’ve always had the ambition to compete in it for the last 10 years or so but work mainly got in the way. I like a challenge and entered the Bristish Indoor Rowing Championships a few years ago. I then entered a boxing ring at the age of 56 to fight for charity against a much younger guy, I made a draw and retired undefeated! Since retiring I discovered the world of walking football which led me on a new journey that has resulted in me captaining my country for the ENGLAND WALKING FOOTBALL COMMUNITY (EWFC) over 60’s team.

The Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge will be my ultimate challenge. I’ll be raising money for my chosen charity Crohn’s and Colitis UK. and I have good reasons to. My eldest daughter Nina suffered bravely for many years with Ulcerative Colitis and a few years ago had an operation to remove her large bowel (Ileostomy).  She’s a lot better now, but still has to undergo regular checks. My best friend of nearly 60 years contracted Colitis and nearly died. Following a number of serious operations, he’s recovering well thankfully.

So the journey begins for me. It’s a journey that I know at my age will throw up many challenges just to get to the start line, but I’m ready to attack those challenges head on! I want no regrets, life is too short.

Team: Remote Rider (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Paul v. I.
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R10
Charity: (TBC)
Social Media: http://www.remote-rider.com

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I am entering the 2024 TWAC as all my favourite dust tracks always seem to come to an abrupt end at the Atlantic coastline. To continue heading towards the sunset, I must therefore change my mode of transportation. A rowing boat seems like a good idea. Whilst weather conditions appear to be a key determinant in this race, I am particularly looking forward to the mental challenges of this unusual adventure.

I am not looking for commercial sponsors to fund this (what is at the end of the day a) personal project. I would however be delighted to team up with a charitable organisation to raise funds for a worthy good cause, providing that 100% of all funds raised go towards the actual cause. All suggestions welcome under the “for good cause” tab at www.remote-rider.com

Team: Row For Hope (NZ)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Johanna Brebner
Country: New Zealand
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: (TBC)
Social Media: Coming Soon

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Why you would like to do the row?:

“I am continually amazed by the resilience of humans when placed in situations where they must rise to the occasion. I hope that through this adventure I can inspire young women (or anyone) that the unthinkable, is always possible! Our true potential is endless. This is the ultimate challenge for me, and what better way to do it than by raising money and bringing awareness to Mental Health at the same time.

PS. I have absolutely no ocean rowing experience. Throwing myself in the deep end.. literally, ha.”

Team: Row for MS (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Tom Waddell
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Social Media: Coming Soon

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I have always relished challenges and constantly pushing the physical and mental barriers I place on myself. The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge will be the ultimate test of this.

I’m undertaking this challenge in aid of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society who for over 75 years have provided critical care and compassion for people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Multiple Sclerosis is a condition that affects the brain and spinal cord due to degeneration of the nerve myelin (or, protective ‘coating’), resulting in unpredictable symptoms including fatigue, paralysis, and numbness.

In completing this challenge, I aim to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Societies vision of ‘A World Free of Multiple Sclerosis’.

Cheers, Tom

Team: Mumentous (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Viv Barclay
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Website: Coming Soon
Social Media: http://www.instagram.com/mumentous.atlantic.row/

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Why do this row? Middle age should be anything but beige! As a single, post-menopausal mum with my youngest daughter on the cusp of leaving home, I could choose this mum-moment to sit on the sofa with a bottle of red and binge-watch programmes on the telly!
But that’s not me. I don’t want to slow down, stop and settle but do something ‘Mumentous’ with my life instead. By the time the race starts, I’ll be 59 and I want to learn something new and challenge myself to strive for more than I thought I’d ever do. I also want to prove that even people like me can achieve a new Guinness World Record while they are at it! In the process, I’d like to inspire others, especially fellow pre and post-menopausal ’empty-nesters’ to take on challenges they may have considered impossible or didn’t previously feel they had the time and energy for. The time is now and this is our moment.
I truly believe it’s never too late and that’s what this TWAC 2024 ‘Mumentous’ Atlantic row is all about for me.

Team: Black Forest Rower (DE)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Gregor Wacker
Country: Germany
Boat Design: R10
Charity: Primavera help children in need http://www.primavera-ev-de
Social Media: http://www.blackforestrower.com

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Rowing across an ocean is the biggest, wildest and scariest adventure I can imagine. Being on my own for such a long time and getting out of the comfort zone is something I am looking forward to.

And I choose Primavera as my charity, because they help children in need by offering a way out of the poverty cycle.
Primavera provides medical care, supports educational and vocational activities to enable the children an independent living in the long term.

Pairs

Glimmering Sea (NZ)
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Janse en Janse (NL)
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Atlantic Arrow (SUI)
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2Stroke
2Stroke (UK)
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Plan B (NL)
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The Rowaways (UK & AUS)
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Invitrow (UK)
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Holland Ocean Two (NL)
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Alpine Rowers (DE)
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Team: Glimmering Sea (NZ)

Number: (5)
Rower: Nicky and Bob Parr
Country: New Zealand
Boat Design: R25
Charity: TBC
Social Media: glimmeringsea.org

Nicky and Bob are rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to go always a little further; to raise money for charity; and to stay forever young!

Janse en Janse (NL)

Number: (6)
Rower: Astrid Janse & Eric Janse
Country: Netherlands
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: janse-en-janse.nl

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Astrid (54) participated in TWAC2020. As she was rowing in the middle of the ocean, she thought “this is so fantastic, that’s what I have to do with my brother!” Meanwhile, following his sister on her journey via social media, Eric (56), who is an endurance athlete, came up with almost the same idea.The decision was made quickly. Together they will participate in TWAC2024 as “Janse en Janse”.

Even when they were little, they had little adventures together. Pack your backpacks, make sandwiches and go. How cool to embark on such a great adventure together now that they are in their fifties: crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a small rowing boat.

Invitrow (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Phil Evans & Dan Magrath
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Fertility Network UK (FNUK)
Social Media: invitrow.com

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2Stroke (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rowers: Karl Austen & Ed Shaw
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Dementia UK & Prostate UK)
Social Media: 2stroke.team

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Karl and Ed have been good friends for over 11 years, having met through having children in the same school. Ed is a former PADI Master Scuba diving trainer and now concentrates his sporting pursuits on road cycling, running and football coaching. Karl is a member of his local rowing club in Maidenhead, having spent many years as a keen runner, water-skier and footballer. We both still play football together at 5-a-side each week alongside a group of friends that are also old enough to know better!

It was whilst watching a family member row the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge during the 2020 race that the bug, very unexpectedly, bit Karl. It didn’t take too long to convince Ed of the epic nature of the challenge and team ‘2Stroke’ was born.

The requirements to take on the Atlantic Challenge are massive. Determination, fitness, mental strength, self-belief and a touch of madness. Whilst we both have a keen sense of adventure we are novice ocean rowers. Karl is a keen member of his local rowing club but we have both been ‘land rowers’ with gym memberships for many years. We also both thrive on being told that we can’t (or shouldn’t!) do something and would love to show our children that you can do anything you put your mind to. The wives are going to be harder to convince!

Having recently conquered Kilimanjaro the introduction to this race came at a time we were looking for something to get our teeth into. Although 3 years away, this row already has a grip on us and we look forward to preparing ourselves in the best way possible, learning new skills and making memories that will last a lifetime.

We are supporting two charities with our fundraising, both of which have close family relevance. Our first charity is Dementia UK. The Alzheimer’s Society reports there are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today. This is an awful condition, robbing families of loved ones often years before their physical bodies deteriorate. Karl having a family member suffering from this disease makes us only more determined to raise funds and increase awareness.

Plan B (NL)

Number: (TBC)
Rowers: Saskia Villanueva & Jacoline Alkema
Country: The Netherlands
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: The Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Social Media: http://www.followplanb.com

As a rowing team we are very ambitious. We are creative goal-driven thinkers with a vision focused on the future. Therefore we have linked a charity to our trip.

The climate crisis is putting us all in danger. Young and old. Black and white. Left and right. It is a disaster which affects us all. The seriousness of this Climate and Biodiversity crisis has nu reached the living rooms in every home and finally penetrated its way in to all serious political parties. Nobody can deny this hard reality. We believe that a green and sustainable world can be achieved and that we can collectively achieve a sustainable systematic change. A future that is good for everyone regardless of their origin.

Reusable products and raw materials are a central theme in a circular economy and also prohibiting dangerous emissions in to the ground, water and air (“circular closure”). We have therefore decided to raise funds for The Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

The Rowaways (UK & AUS)

Number: (TBC)
Rowers: Kimberley Gratton & Shelley Robertson
Country: United Kingdom & Australia
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Coming Soon
Social Media: Coming Soon

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Kim & Shelley met back in 2013 whilst working in Qatar together. Both have always been outdoorsy, adventurous women but have never done anything as extreme as crossing the Atlantic Ocean!
They are inspired and determined to join the small group of women who have taken on this epic feat and help to inspire many more in the future!
Prior to signing up, neither Kim nor Shelley had any rowing experience whatsoever and naturally this seemed like the perfect challenge to face head on and prove that absolutely anything is possible if you want it badly enough!

Atlantic Arrow (SUI)

Number: (TBC)
Rowers: Carla Lemm & Katrin Blattner
Country: Switzerland
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Ärzte ohne Grenzen/ médicins sans frontiéres https://www.msf.ch/de
Social Media: http://www.atlanticarrow.ch

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First love lasts forever!

Carla lost her heart on a bike tour through the Middle East, Asia and Eastern Europe. Katrin’s first love was the thru-hike on the Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. The travel fever shaped the two teammates and demanded a continuation: Carla rowed across the Atlantic in a team of four as part of the TWAC in 2019, and Katrin followed the challenge from home.
These experiences have reawakened the spirit of adventure in both of them and allowed them to dream again – and dreams are here to be fulfilled!

There are 3,000 miles across the Atlantic and just as many reasons not to row it! But as Ian Couch, Head Safety Officer of the TWAC, puts it perfectly in two sentences: “There is something very special about being out in the ocean. It’s not about rowing 3’000 miles”.

We are aware that physical and mental exhaustion, impressive forces of nature and great challenges await us every day. But hey: “Everything is beautiful – everything hurts!” We want to be enchanted by the simplicity, freedom and the awareness of holding an everlasting gift in our hands. Because we agree on one thing: Emotionally, the really hard part only begins after entering the harbour in Antigua.

So here we are: Ocean, let’s be part of your magic!

Team: Holland Ocean Two (NL)

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Rowers: Wouter Versteeg & Ron Straver
Country: Netherland
Boat Design: Bosgraaf Yacht Design
Charity: TBC
Socialmedia: TBC

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When you are rowing as long as we do, there is just one thing to wish for: crossing the ocean. Not because it is there, but just to feel the greatness of this enormous body of water. We want to challenge ourselfs and see what this adventure will bring us in life. It lookes almost impossible to accomplish, but every year some fine men and woman manage to cross the Atlantic. We want to be part of this special group of rowers.

Alpine Rowers (DE)

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Rowers: Claudia Dreibrodt & Ernest Kujer
Country: Germany
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Socialmedia: https://www.instagram.com/alpinerowers/

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It all started with the book Four mums in a boat: Friends who rowed 3000 miles, broke a world record and learned a lot about life along the way by Benaddi, Butters, Davies & Doeg.

Claudia read this book in 2019 and after finishing it she was immediately sure that one day she would take part in the race too. The dream was born. The only question was: alone or in a team?

The only one who would be considered as a partner was Ernst, so there were many talks about the TWAC and the participation. In the end, the choice was clear: Claudia would start – together with Ernst; as a team of 2. But when?

Nikki from Atlantic Campaigns should remedy this. And so, after some email correspondence with her, the start date was found: 2024! The forms were filled out and signed, the first entry fee paid and the confirmation came from Nikki: 2024 – you’re in!

The joy was and still is huge. Why? This challenge is in complete contrast to the sporting activities that we usually do. Living in southern Bavaria, we spend a lot of time in the mountains. Longer, higher and more difficult is not uncommon for us. We have grown together as a team and complement each other very well. So we already know the mountains and the challenges they entail. But the sea? This is something completely different and unknown to us. A new great adventure and a dream that will come true now. Why not? Dreams set goals and goals can be achieved.

Trios

Swiss Atlantic Breakers (SUI)
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Atlantic Action (UK)
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ParOARmedics (UK & ZW)
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TEAM V3NTURE (UK)
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Team: Swiss Atlantic Breakers (SUI)

Number: (7)
Rower: Cindy Bak, Michael Stoll & Damara Mathis
Country: Switzerland
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: swiss-atlantic-breakers.ch

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We, the Atlantik Breakers, are all very sporty and asked ourselves what is the bigger challenge besides the Mararhon … Then we found out about this project (crossing the Atlantic with a rowboat.) We knew we were going to be our new adventure be.

Team: Atlantic Action (UK)

Number: (8)
Rower: Anna Williams, Chloe Jones & Tuppence Mellish
Country: United Kingdom, Jersey
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: The Sea Cadets, the Ocean Conservation Trust and All4Paws Edinburgh
Social Media: Coming Soon!

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Team: ParOARmedics (UK & ZM)

Number: (8)
Rower: Thomas Dowdy, Ken Bordt & Ethan Chapman
Country: United Kingdom & Zimbabwe
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: Coming Soon!

Team parOARmedics are three student paramedics currently in their third year at the University of Bradford. We combine a special blend of loving a challenge, being mad enough to try and put together a campaign while studying and working in the prehospital environment, and a desire to do some good at the same time. Oddly enough we all also happen to enjoy the odd (frequent) wee dram.

The idea came to Ken whilst trawling through the web looking for an ocean bound adventure to pursue. As soon as Ken saw the TWAC he knew he had to do it. As with many before him he just needed to find someone who could be convinced rowing 3000 miles across the Atlantic was indeed a grand adventure. Cue Tom and Ethan, one look at the race video and a quick handshake in the skills lab and a team was born and an adventure launched.

We are looking forward to sharing our adventure with you, so keep checking in on us as we launch our campaign and follow us on social media and be a part of our adventure.

Charities: We have chosen three fantastic charities to represent as we race across the Atlantic. We are looking forward to presenting them to you at our launch and to sharing their story and the wonderful work they do.

Team: TEAM V3NTURE (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rowers: Rob Cross, Charlie Newman & Rob Treasure
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: Macmillan Cancer Support
Social Media: https://linktr.ee/teamv3nture

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We’re TEAM V3NTURE, a trio of British Army soldiers attempting to be the first military trio to row any ocean. Our shared love of ventures (and seemingly masochistic tendencies) have led us to the pinnacle of ocean rowing. This will be the ultimate mental and physical test for us.
 
Our goals are threefold:
1. To be the fastest trio to row the Atlantic.
2. To be the first military trio to row any ocean.
3. To raise as much money for charity as possible.

Macmillan Cancer Support are our primary supported charity due to a personal loss within the team. We are also supporting our three regimental charities; the Welsh Guards Charity, the Royal Artillery Charitable Fund and Rifles Regimental Trust. We intend to maintain a 70/30% split and our fundraising total is £200,000.
 
Please head to our Linktree for access to our pitch decks, social media and contact details.

Fours

HMS Oardacious (UK)
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Atlantic Exploarers (UK)
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SeaSoar (UK)
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Lessons From A Boat (UK)
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Yallah Go! (VE, NL, ES, BE)
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Oardinary Buoys (UK)
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Oarsome Army Educators (UK)
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Team: HMS Oardacious (UK)

Number: (9)
Rower: Classified
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity (RNRMC) and the Submariner Memorial Appeal
Social Media: hmoardacious.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: Atlantic Exploarers (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Daragh Macdonagh, Francis Highton, Sam Weston & Ed Hughes
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: Coming Soon!
Charity: Mind
Social Media: atlanticexploarers.co.uk

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Our original motivation was wanting to complete an expedition which would well and truly push our physical and mental boundaries in a way they had not been tested before. However, the hectic nature of student life meant the row got pushed down our list of priorities. That was until a pair of tragic incidents in recent years – two friends unexpectedly took their own lives. This provided the impetus to seriously commit to the row and to raise money for MIND. The desire to honour their memory will be with us for every oar stroke across the Atlantic. It is also worth noting sibling rivalry as an important motivation behind the row! From 2017 to 2018, two school friends, Joe and Ross, tragically and unexpectedly took their own lives. Both possessed enormous, vivacious personalities which still burn brightly in the lives of their families and friends. Joe and Ross were both intelligent, confident, outgoing, devilishly good looking, and surrounded by loyal and loving friends. Nevertheless, they were afflicted by the horrific problem of mental health issues. Their experiences highlight the fact that even lives filled with love, laughter and success are not safe. Suicide is now the leading cause of death for under-35s in the UK and it is estimated that 1 in 4 people experience a mental health issue every year. We are proud to do our little bit to help fight mental health problems by completing this row. The desire to honour the memories of Joe and Ross will be with us for every oar stroke across the Atlantic Ocean. We are thrilled to have both of their families supporting our fundraising efforts for MIND.

Team: SeaSoar (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Niall Brannigan, Freddie Bennett, Ben Owen & Tom Blackwell
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: EFT Foundation/ CALM/ Welsh Air Ambulance/ Promise of Sight
Social Media: teamseasoar.co.uk

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“There’s a rowing race across the Atlantic, about 3000 miles I think. What about that?” That question, brought up on a train after returning from a run in the Sahara desert and looking for our next adventure, was answered with an immediate “Yep”. After a period of back and forth and finding two
more willing participants who jumped at the chance , we are now ecstatic to have an entry into the 2024 crossing. We are a mix of a sky-diving champion, a Guinness World Record Holder, desert ultra runners; soldiers and sailors, motivational speakers, coaches, best selling author, but one thing we have in common is our “that sounds nuts. I’m in” approach. We love testing ourselves to the limit physically and mentally, and are assured this will be an ultimate challenge. We are thrilled to be part of this adventure.

We are raising money for several charities. The EFT foundation was set up in 2021 to create social values within the communities EFT serve and to financially support those in times of hardship and need. Especially for those where no other forms of support are available.

CALM, where money raised will go towards frontline suicide prevention services and to support those who have suffered a family suicide.
Welsh Air Ambulance, which is drastically underfunded for an essential service, that relies solely on charitable donations. A much needed service that provides fast critical care and has saved many many lives.
Promise of Sight, a charity that provides eyewear and care to children in developing countries.

Team: Lessons From A Boat (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Dan Dicker, Jason Howard, Jon Wilburn, Steven Potter
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Diabetes UK, Marine Conservation Society
Social Media: http://lessonsfromaboat.com

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It started, as many of these things do, as a bit of a chat down the pub six or seven years ago. Now we have thrown our hats over the wall, paid the deposit and are fully committed to the whole challenge. We are all excited about the experiences that lay ahead. Raising funds, raising awareness of key environmental issues and the possibility of building a four man boat, to specification, from recycled materials. Dan, who is passionate about the idea of Circularity and making full use of waste materials, set up his company, Circular&Co in his garden shed some eighteen years ago and will be leading the design process. By using recycled materials we hope to inspire and educate everyone about Circular Design and why we must all welcome circularity into our everyday lives. Jason is a physiotherapist and passionate about medical and mental health. Both of these will very much be tested during the crossing and many lessons learned. He will also be looking after our ageing bodies and helping older athletes, who may want to tune in, learn to stay fit. Jon and Steve are both teachers and are looking forward to trying to deliver all sorts of lessons, if technology allows. In addition we will be working with Plymouth University running various tests and gathering data during the crossing. We all hope to be able to deliver some inspiring and memorable lessons, from the middle of the Atlantic on a whole range of topics focusing on the theme “We’re Changing Tomorrow Together.”

Team: Yallah Go! (VE, NL, ES, BE)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Alejandro Bostroem Diago, Suzanna Krekelberg, Margreet Voermans & Manuel Aleandro Parra
Country: Venesuela, Netherlands, Spain, Belgium
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: NOMV (Not One More Vet)
Social Media: http://www.yallahgotwac.com

Margreet is a horse-, camel surgeon and after setting up a horse clinic in Colombia, she participated in the Mongol derby. 1000km on wild horses through the Mongolian steppes. Ended up third and immediately thinking about her next adventure.
The idea of participating in the toughest row on earth was in her mind for several years. For 2 years she has been looking for a crew as nuts as her and of course she found them. With 3 vets on the board the charity could no other be then NOMV, not one more vet. This organization helps vets with depression and suicidal thoughts. The veterinarians are in the top 3 of all professions who commit  suicidal attempts. It’s the team’s duty to raise awareness for the good work of this foundation.

 For more information about us or our charity, we welcome you to visit our website

 

Team: Oardinary Buoys (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Dafydd Helps-Fursse, Lewis Tillett, Alan Kavanagh & Josh Pearson
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: British Heart Foundation, Tag Rugby Trust, CALM
Social Media: http://www.oardinarybuoys.oc.uk

We’re rowing an ocean to help inspire young people within our local community to pursue a life of adventure. We’re aiming to visit upwards of 50 schools, reaching close to 37,500 young people, whilst also carry 3000 Pixels provided by our local community across the ocean with us.

Each rower has selected a specific charity to represent during the course of the row. Dafydd – British Heart Foundation, Lewis – Tag Rugby Trust
and Alan and Josh – CALM

Team: Oarsome Army Educators (UK)

Rower: Dec Lynn, Graham Doyle, Nicole Evans & Graham Yare
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: https://soldierscharity.org/ & https://www.tommys.org/
Social Media: https://oarsomearmyeducators.co.uk/

Our team is taking part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge (TWAC) in 2024 to raise awareness of the enriching contribution of the ETS to the Army offer. Made up of four officers from the Educational and Training Services branch of the British Army, we know a thing or two about discipline and getting the best out of people. We’ll need these skills during the challenge.

And our Charities is:

– ABF, The Soldiers’ Charity is the Army’s national charity; here for soldiers, past and present, and their families for life. From helping wounded soldiers to adapt to life after service, to assisting elderly veterans to keep their independence, we’re here for the Army family when they need us. We offer support in six key areas: independent living, elderly care, education and employability, mental fitness, families and housing.

– Tommy’s is a pregnancy charity working to make the UK the safest place in the world to give birth, supported by people who refuse to accept that a baby’s death is just ‘one of those things’. The people who support Tommy’s want to do something about the lack of research and information around pregnancy issues. They believe every parent has the right to a healthy pregnancy and baby.

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Atlantic Fusion (UK)
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Team: Team Atlantic Fusion (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Steve Haywood, Molly Hemeter, Bel Noyes, David Fassam & Annika Israelsson.
Country: United Kingdom, Sweden & United States
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Abbie’s Army (http://www.abbiesarmy.co.uk)
Social Media: https://atlantic-fusion.com/

Charity: Abbie’s Army https://www.abbiesarmy.co.uk/  – “Abbie’s Army is a children’s charity focused on funding research into a brain cancer known as Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG). Of all 120 brain cancers, it is the most fatal. There is currently no effective cure and average survival time from diagnosis is only 9 months – every 9 days a child will die from DIPG. The charity was founded by the family of Abbie, who sadly passed at 6 years old from DIPG in 2011. One member of our team has experience with how devastating this cancer is, after his twin daughters lost their childhood friend in 2013. Kaitlyn was only 4 years old. As well as leading on DIPG research, Abbie’s Army is also there to support families with advice, information and resources when their child is diagnosed. Our row will help Abbie’s Army to fund crucial research into finding a cure. By supporting us, you will be part of the mission to provide support to families and hope that the battle against this aggressive cancer can be won.”

Molly: “I wanted to take part in something that gave me space to only have thoughts of really living in the moment and thinking of only rowing, sleeping, and eating!”

Dave: “The TWAC is another level of physical and mental challenge for me and I feel privileged to be part of this team. Being out on the water is my happy place

Annika: “been rowing since the age of 13. Having rowed at clubs in Arizona, Sweden and London, I’ve seen my share of rivers, lakes and harbours. Now, I am so excited to add Atlantic rower to my list.

Steve: “The TWAC 2024 will be my most amazing event yet and it is amazing to have joined four other awesome rowers for this life changing challenge.

Bel: “To row the Atlantic and be part of the atlanticfusion2024 team is such a fantastic opportunity, it is the ultimate challenge, and I just love a challenge!”