2026 Race Entrants

Solo

Team: The Old See Dogs (UK)

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Rower: Alan Fortuin
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Social Media: http://www.oldseedogs.com

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To mark my 60th Birthday, in January 2019 I completed a solo bike ride from John O’Groats to Lands End, over a period of 14 days, finishing on my 60th. On completion of the ride family and friends asked what challenge I would take on for my 70th, and I decided to row 7,000,000m on an indoor rowing machine in my 70th year. Then in 2021, I saw a news report about Frank Rothwell completing the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge at the age of 70, my thoughts then were, if he can row an ocean why cant I. I will be 66 at the end of my row, so don’t worry Frank your record is safe.

My Grandmother was blind, and since 1999, in her memory, and by conducting various endurance events, I have raised thousands of pounds for the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Guide Dogs). The first UK guide dogs were trained in 1931, and in 1934 the Guide Dogs was formed. The Guide Dogs does tremendous work, breeding and training dogs, helping enable the blind and those with sight loss to conduct a normal and fulfilling life. It should be noted, that for safety reasons, those who are registered blind can not take part in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, however, they will be able to join me, in spirit, as part of the Old See Dogs team.

Pairs

Team: Force Horizon (UK)

Number: (TBC)
Rower: Chris Ambler & Kip Wells
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: The Jon Egging Trust
Social Media: http://www.forcehorizon.com

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We are Team Force Horizon – Chris & Kip!

We met on day 1 of secondary school and instantly hit it off…we had a great time at school competing against each other in the house sports events, competing together in the school teams and also on the amateur rugby scene. Fitness has been a shared passion of ours and we are both keen adventurers. We have been talking for years about doing a serious challenge together, and here we are!

We have decided to compete in TWAC 2025 to support the Jon Egging Trust, who believe that every young person, no matter their starting point, should leave school armed with the confidence, resilience and self-belief to succeed.

Many of JET’s students face significant life challenges or lack positive role models. We know that with the right support, and by building teamwork, leadership and
communication skills and raising aspirations, the sky is their limit.

We aim to be a positive role model for JET, demonstrating to their students that with each Individual effort as part of a likeminded team, we can achieve incredible things. Team Force Horizon celebrates every member of the team, there is a place for everyone and everyone’s roles are important. We win as a team! When the Force Horizon boat makes it to Antigua it’s not just the 2 people in the boat that got it there…it’s the whole Force Horizon family!

We are not afraid of being out of our comfort zone, we thrive in the dark shadows of physical and mental exhaustion. We are a Force and we are heading for that horizon until we hit Antigua!

Trios

Team: The Three Flying Fish (UK)

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Rower: Anna Dunk, Rowan Dally & Matthew Busby
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Teenage Cancer Trust
Social Media: TBC

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In 2021, Anna’s father rowed the Atlantic as part of the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. This inspired Anna, Rowan and Matt to take up the challenge and attempt to become the youngest trio to ever row the Atlantic, along with hopefully beating Dave’s time. The team all formed a friendship through the Royal Air Force Air Cadets, where Anna is a cadet, Mathew is a Corporal and Rowan is a Flight Sergeant. The challenge is sure to push each team member to their limits, mentally and physically. All the members are extremely devoted to the challenge and know its a once in a lifetime experience, something we’ll never forget.
Our Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust is very close to all of our hearts in the team, especially Rowan’s. In 2021, a friend of his in his year at school tragically passed away from cancer. This had a massive effect on his whole year. This event gave us the urge to raise money for people like his friend, so the row became a perfect way to do so. Every day, 10 young people in the UK are diagnosed with cancer. As teenagers, we want to help other kids like us to overcome cancer, by raising as much money as possible for Teenage Cancer Trust.

Fours

Team: Merched y Môr (GB)

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Rowers: Denise Leonard, Helen Heaton, Liz Collyer & Helledd Williams
Country: Wales
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

Why? … To push ourselves beyond the ordinary and to inspire others, especially women, to dream bigger and believe in more.
Who are we? … We are wives, girlfriends, mothers, grandmothers, aunties and sisters who refuse to be limited by social norms. We are outdoor enthusiasts, nature lovers, educators and leaders who have found a mutual love for rowing (or at least we hope so!). We are Sisters of the Sea. We are Merched y Môr!

Fives

Team: Anchor Management (UK)

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Rower: Craig Smith, Sarah Tebbett, Sammi Woodward & Tim Hodgkinson
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: McMillan Cancer Support
Social Media: http://www.anchor-management.co.uk

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So why do we want to do the row? Because when you see something that excites you and scares the hell out of you at the same time it’s just got to be done.

We’ve chosen McMillan because not only are they a fantastic charity and worthy of the support but they helped both Craig & Sarah’s families during their darkest times.

Craig’s Dad had Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and sadly passed away when Craig was just 19, his mum and his younger brother will be forever in their debt for the help and support that McMillan offered at that time.

And 7 years ago Sarah was diagnosed with Breast cancer, with 3 young children McMillan offered the family support whilst she underwent surgery and chemotherapy along with a year of further treatment. 

Their support helped Sarah go on to make a full recovery.