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Trios

In Sanity (NL)
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Team: In Sanity (NL)

Number: (1)
Rower: Ann de Haan, Ester van der Velden, Nicolla Pannebakker
Country: The Netherlands
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Website: www.insanityoceanrowing.nl

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Fours

Ocean’s 4 (SUI)
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Force Genesis (UK)
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Row Aurora (UK)
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Brothers ‘N Oars (UK)
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Sisphish (UK)
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Pacific Discovery (SUI)
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Team Antigua Island Girls (AG)
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Dutch Courage (NL)
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Team: Ocean’s 4 (SUI)

Number: (2)
Rower: Philipp Kessler, Astrid Schmid, Robert Jaeggi, Denise Luetzelschwab
Country: Switzerland
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Website: www.oceans4.ch

The team of OCEAN’S 4 is excited to accept the big PACIFIC CHALLENGE 2023. It will be the first Swiss team to row the Pacific Ocean.

Astrid has rowed the ATLANTIC CHALLENGE 2019 with the team called SwissOceanDancers. Her experience and stories of adventure have set a spark amongst many friends and especially in the local rowing club. Denise, Robert and Philipp have become so inspired and encouraged that they teamed up to share Astrid’s ambition of rowing the PACIFIC CHALLENGE.

Given this exceptional opportunity of sharing an unforgettable experience, we are willing to trade land and mountains for the power of wind, waves and seemingly endless space.

As much as we anticipate mental and physical hardship, we are confident in taking on this unique experience. The team of OCEAN’S 4 is curious about the unknown and unforeseeable components of this adventure and is very much looking forward to exploring the unique, unfiltered and powerful moods of nature. Our goal is to successfully manage the challenges based on combined forces, powered by the sum of our individual strengths and skills. OCEAN’S 4 very much enjoys each other’s company and trusts the team’s good sense of humor

Team: Force Genesis (UK)

Number: (3)
Rower: Mark Sealey, Amy Wood & 2 TBC
Country: R45
Boat Design: Devon Freewheelers
Charity: TBC
Website: Coming Soon!

With a successful Atlantic crossing under our belts having competed in TWAC 2020, what was to come next? The Pacific of course, why not do the double! Devon Free Wheelers were a great charity to work with first time round, so it seemed only right to link up again with this amazing group of volunteers https://www.devonfreewheelers.org.uk/

Team: Row Aurora (UK)

Number: (4)
Rower: Dawn Wood, Louise Brown, Sophie Hibbin & 1 TBC
Country: UK
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Marine Conservation Society
Website: www.rowaurora.co.uk

As individuals we bring very different skills and abilities to the table to make our team extremely successful. As a team we have a huge amount of Ocean rowing and general maritime experience including literally thousands of on water hours in all kinds of vessels and several ocean crossings.

We want to show that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things and the power of teamwork whilst raising awareness about the environment.

We are all passionate about the environment, and the Row Aurora campaign was awarded fundraiser of the year in 2019. We are extremely proud to be continuing to support the Marine Conservation Society to help them continue their important work to protect our planet.

Team: Brothers ‘N Oars (UK)

Number: (5)
Rower: Oliver Amos, Harry Amos, Cayle Royce & 1 TBC
Country: UK
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Row2Recovery & Blue Marine Foundation
Website: www.brothersnoars.com

Inspired by Cayle’s first race in 2013 this has been a dream for us all. We are a dedicated crew being put to the ultimate test, pushing our bodies and mind to the test. Preparation is key and we’re excited to be apart of this new Pacific campaign. We are raising funds and awareness for two great causes, Blue Marine Foundation and Row2Recovery. We’re here to make a real impact for these amazing organisations. Blue Marine Foundation seeks to protect 30% of the world’s oceans by 2030 which aligns with our goals for why we are embarking of this incredible challenge. Row2Recovery which Cayle Royce knows first-hand on the amazing work that they do in inspiring positivity in the face of adversity through military adaptive rowing. Taking British wounded, injured and sick veterans and channelling that energy to a force of good. Our goal to raise £200K will make a huge difference to both these organisations.

Team: Sisphish (UK)

Number: (6)
Rower: Alex Brooker, Rich Henderson, Sam Boehringer, Patrick Cole
Country: UK
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Website: Coming soon!

Four men spanning 3 continents brought together by Alex Brooker to row an ocean. A very “Brooker” proposal we all agreed. In our first introductions as a team, Rich, a new father, mentioned the importance of leading by example. He mentioned the gravity of this event in showing his son that anything’s possible. It rang through us. We’re rowing to raise money for causes we care about and we believe will do good work. We’re rowing to compete in one of the wildest events on the planet. And we’re rowing under the name Sisyphish to remember that no matter how many races, there’s really only one finish line. It’s an honor for us to join the rest of the field, we’ll see you in Monterey!

Team: Pacific Discovery (SUI)

Number: (7)
Rower: Cameron Parker, Tia Patricios, Reema Uppal, Andrei Celovschi
Country: Switzerland
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Website: www.pacific-discovery.com

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Team: Team Antigua Island Girls (AG)

Number: (8)
Rower: Kevinia Francis, Christal Clashing, Elvira Bell and Samara Emmanuel
Country: Antigua
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Team Island Girls Non-Profit
Website: www.antiguabarbudaislandgirls.com

We are Christal, Elvira, Kevinia and Samara; Team Antigua Island Girls—history- making rowers. We represented Antigua and Barbuda in the 2018 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge. When we arrived home on Monday, January 28, 2019, we rowed into the history books, becoming, not just the first all-woman team from the Caribbean to compete in the TWAC, but also the first all-black team to row across any ocean.

We’re adventurers and competitors, who committed soon after our feat in 2018-19 to find another challenge. Our TWAC experience was transformative. We entered to test our mettle and expand our boundaries, and we gained so much more. The support of our country and people far and wide in the diaspora and beyond buoyed us. The impact that we had on women and girls especially, sparked a commitment to continue doing good for our community. Our first row paid homage to our forebears—taking us, as it did, across the Transatlantic slave route. This row in the Pacific will connect us to another island culture—one that is intimately intertwined with the ocean. We are excited to row in those waters and learn from the Hawai’ian community.

Team: Dutch Courage (NL)

Number: (2)
Rower: Janwillem Breider, Petra Post & 2 TBC
Country: The Netherlands
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Website: www.dutchcourage-pacific.com

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Fives

Flyin’ Fish (UK)
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Team: Flyin’ Fish (UK)

Number: (9)
Rower: Andy Warner, Elaine Theaker, Alison Wannell, Neil Blackeby & Steve Theaker
Country: UK
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Cornwall Air Ambulance, Devon Air Ambulance, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Wales Air Ambulance
Website:TBC

Despite being one of the UK’s first emergency responders, each region’s Air Ambulance is not part of the NHS, is devoid of government funding and relies on the fundraising efforts of those it serves. However, when that red phone rings, they will treat anyone, anywhere, at anytime (within their own safe operating hours).

Whether you’re a resident in a county, there on a ‘staycation’, or just travelling through, the air ambulance may not be something you think too much about, until you or a loved one needs to…..More than a method of quick transport, air ambulances bring the A&E department to an incident by carrying specialist equipment, drugs, doctors and critical care paramedics to a scene to ensure a patient not only receives the intensive care they require within the vital first minutes after an incident, but is then able to transport that patient to the best hospital for their injuries expeditiously, even if that’s within another region. Not only do they work physically with other air ambulances by attending incidents in neighbouring counties, either in conjunction with or to assist if their own is unable to attend, but all charities are part of Air Ambulance UK who provides a collective national voice across the air ambulance sector and works with its members to improve patient outcomes every day. Therefore, although we’re raising funds for the four regions of our crew members (Cornwall Air Ambulance, Devon Air Ambulance, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Wales Air Ambulance), our family, friends and those who wish to contribute know that every penny raised could potentially help anyone, anywhere, at any time.