- Number: (2)
- Rower: Elaine Hopley
- Country: Scotland
- Boat: Jan
- Charity: Alzheimer’s Scotland
- Website: http://www.eh-oceanrow.com
Why row the Atlantic? I want another epic endurance adventure, and this time to be in a race over an ocean.
Alzheimer Scotland is Scotland’s leading voluntary organisation helping people with dementia, their carer’s and families. I was a carer for my Mum for 16 years! Alzheimer Scotland is making sure nobody faces dementia alone.
- Number: (4)
- Rower: Gavan Hennigan
- Country: Ireland
- Boat: Doireann
- Charity: Cancer Care West, Jigsaw
- Website: http://www.gavanhennigan.com
I am rowing the Atlantic Solo as i really want to challenge and push myself,having spent most of my life in extreme environments with my job as a commercial diver and all the expeditions in between,i’m really looking forward to getting out on the Atlantic Ocean for upto 3 months’
I am raising funds and awareness for 2 grassroots local Galway charities,Cancercare West who provide much needed support services for cancer patients and families in the west of Ireland and Jigsaw which is a Galway based youth charity providing a safe haven for young people and their personal issues
- Number: (5)
- Rower: Dmitry Rezvoy
- Country: ukraine
- Boat: Ukraine
- Website: http://
In 2004 my father Pavel Rezvoy crossed the Atlantic Ocean and then in 2005 he also crossed the Indian Ocean. Became Guiness World Record Holder as the oldest and the fastest.
That's when I became passionate about an Ocean Rowing.
I have been repairing and building the ocean rowing boats for over 12 years now. It is time for me to continue "The Family Tradition".
Rowers Ark(6)Team: Rowers Ark
- Number: (6)
- Rower: Daryl Farmer
- Country: UK
- Boat: Bojangles
- Charity: The Peter Andre Fund for Cancer Research UK and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue Ambulance Service
- Website: http://www.rowers-ark.com/
I’m racing to raise funds and awareness for two causes very close to my heart and to conquer a long standing ambition to cross an ocean under my own power. Having completed some of the toughest Ultra Marathons in the world I felt it was time to have a go at something that would involve a bit more sitting down!
Fresh Dental Challenge(11)
32º North(32)Team: 32º North
- Number: (32)
- Rower: John Schwartz & Kurt Schwartz
- Country: USA
- Boat: Bonny Rey
- Charity: The SamFund: Support for young adult cancer survivors
- Website: http://www.row32north.com/
stand committed to ride the seas, to challenge themselves and to inspire those around them to do the same. This race isn’t just a challenge to be the fastest, the strongest and most capable boat across the Atlantic Ocean. For us, two brothers hailing from the United States, this race is a challenge for everyone who has followed a dream, a challenge to give back and help provide an opportunity for others to follow theirs.
- Number: (1)
- Rower: Andy Styles, Andrew Cameron, Andy Sacker
- Country: UK
- Boat: TBA
- Charity: Barnardo’s, Joliba and Bowel Cancer UK, National Autistic Society
- Website: http://www.a-adventures.co.uk/
Andy Styles (52) was looking for his next challenge after completing an epic unassisted trek from the coast to the South Pole last year, so when he decided on the TWAC and he needed to find team-mates for this rowing, he looked no further than his crew from his 2013 North Pole adventure, Andy Sacker (47) and Andy Cameron (48) We are waiting to hear from the Guinness World Records to see how many people have completed the ‘Triple A’ Arctic, Antarctic and Atlantic.
None of us have any sea or rowing experience at the time of signing up for this epic challenge… Which truly will make it a challenge of a life time, and the worlds toughest row!
Between the three of us we have nine children and one grandchild, so supporting a kids charity was very close to all our hearts. We wantEd to be role models to our families, the message being ‘anything is achievable, with hard work and dedication. The other two charities we are raising money for are Joliba trust we have chosen this as it particularly focuses on projects to help women and environmental work to sustain rural livelihoods in Mali. Also Bowel Cancer Uk. Warriors against Cancer! 2.5 million people in the UK are living with cancer, we all need to fight this.’
Facing It(3)Team: Facing It
- Number: (3)
- Rower: Stuart Connacher, Charl Gale & Wayne Johnson
- Country: South Africa
- Boat: Tide
- Charity: SMILE foundation
- Website: http://www.facingit.co.za
I had the privilege of being involved in the 2015 Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Crossing in assisting with the planning of a solo crossing of a life long friend of mine from the logistics, boat build and then the eventual race, truly an amazing experience. This year I have the privilege to take part. This for me is a once in a lifetime experience to take to the max. The ocean has been part of my life since a child and and has grown with me as time has gone by. This crossing for me represents everything that team work can represent in the highest level of any sport or endurance event in the world. Our boat Tide will retain the the branding of the SMILE foundation and our support for such an incredible organization changing the lives of children with facial defects in South Africa has definitely become part of our lives and definitely part of team Facing It 2016.
I have had the privilege of growing up at the sea and enjoying all it has to offer, fishing, diving, surfing, but strangely enough never any paddling or rowing!
About 14 odd years ago a friend suggested I look up a race in which an old friend of his fathers was competing. Turned out to be the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The concept looked crazy to me although it sparked an interest at the time. I often lie awake at night thinking about what is left in the world to discover. Many years ago , you could gather a few crews and head off into the abyss on a journey of discovery, but no longer! Apart from space travel which is very limited, the children of today are not really left with these challenges, and things to discover. They get a number, followed by a degree , and that is it, their future is decided!
We recently lost the father of our Nation, Nelson Mandela, and hopefully during our journey we can continue his legacy of putting smiles on the faces of all young South Africans.
This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me and every opportunity to be in the moment should be embraced and forever cherished.
Our boat, Tide, will reflect the branding of the Smile Foundation in strong support for their altruistic mission of improving the smiles and lives of children with facial defects in South Africa. Smile’s work has definitely become part of our lives and Team Facing It 2016.
American Oarsmen(9)Team: American Oarsmen
- Number: (9)
- Rower: Mike Matson, David Alviar & Brian Krauskopf
- Country: USA
- Boat: Anne
- Charity: Anne Sullivan Foundation, Teach for America: Houston, and Cure Alzheimers Fund
- Website: http://www.RaceTheAtlantic.com
MIKE Having been on nuclear submarines, amphibious assault ships, and even taking a 44′ yawl with a crew of ten from Annapolis to Staten Island and back, Michael Matson feels at home on the ocean. Mike learned to row as a member of the Naval Academy’s Heavyweight Crew and returned that knowledge to Houston where he now coaches the Rice Rowing Club with David and at Atomic CrossFit in Stafford, TX. Stafford is also where Mike was a volunteer firefighter/EMT for over six years and met Anne, our boat’s namesake, who gave her life while fighting the tragic Southwest Inn fire in 2013. The fellowship in her name is Mike’s chosen charity and aims at helping women pursue a career in the fire service. After getting a PhD in Chemistry studying radioactivity and nanotechnology for cancer detection, Mike became a university professor at University of Houston-Downtown and authored Inorganic Chemistry for Dummies with the iconic yellow cover. He currently is an Engineer-in-Training doing reservoir engineering for Kinder Morgan CO2. Most importantly, Mike is a family man, married to his “homeroom angel” Samantha who he met in 7th grade, now with two amazing kiddos: Morgan Melody (6) and Shane Cooper (5). DAVID Rowing’s has been the defining experience in David Alviar’s life. Joining Texas Crew at the University of Texas at Austin, David took to the sport like a fish to water. Fundamentally changing his outlook on life though crew, rowing has taught David discipline, teamwork, and perseverance, which in turn he has shared with both the juniors he coached at Texas Rowing Club during college and the collegiate rowers he continue to coach in Rice Crew. Following college, David moved into education through Teach for America Houston (his cause and benefactor for American Oarsmen’s fundraising efforts). Continuing in education but outside of the classroom, David now works as Product Marketing Manager at Accelerate Learning, a PreK-12 STEM curriculum, and at ROW Studios alongside Brian supporting clients in reaching their health, fitness, and lifestyle goals. Occasionally, breaks from American Oarsmen and David’s career are possible, allowing him to focus on his own competitive rowing, adventure racing, and obsession for loose-leaf tea. When asked why he’s rowing the Atlantic Ocean, David has a simple answer: “we grow the most as individuals when outside of our comfort zone—I can’t find a better way to push myself out of mine BRIAN As a former all-conference collegiate football offensive linemen (the big boys), Brian Krauskopf knows all to well about the hardwork and sacrifice it takes to make a dream a reality. So as a dreamer, it is not unusual for him to see a challenge and strive to conquer it (i.e. the Atlantic). He believes his work ethic, determination, and strength (to make up for David’s lack of) will help the team accomplish it’s goal. He knows what it takes to be apart of a team and is a firm believer in the motto his dad always told him, “You are only as strong as your weakness link.” Along with the race, Brian is hoping to raise awareness and fundraising efforts for research towards Alzheimer’s prevention and cure. It is a disease that has affected his family and is close to his heart. Brian lost his Grandmother in 2008 to the disease and saw first-hand the effects the disease has on a person—he is rowing for her. When Brian is not working towards preparing himself and the boat, he can be found working his real job, coaching and managing at ROW Studios in Houston. ROW brought Brian not only to rowing but also to Mike and David who hooked him on the idea of making this epic crossing across the Atlantic Ocean in record time thanks to the uniqueness of American Oarsmen’s three man team.
Row For James(7)Team: Row For James
- Number: (7)
- Rower: Rory Buchanan, Harry Wentworth-Stanley, Toby Fenwicke-Clennell and Sam Greenly
- Country: UK
- Boat: Jean-Mary
- Charity: JWSMF
- Website: http://www.rowforjames.com/
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Atlantic Endeavour(8)Team: Atlantic Endeavour
- Number: (8)
- Rower: Sarah Hornby, Kate Hallam, Becky Charlton & Charlie Best
- Country: UK
- Boat: Ellida
- Charity: MIND
- Website: http://www.atlanticendeavour.com
Sarah Hornby: Inspired by others who have undertaken this challenge, it’s time for a girls’ 4 to take it on and break the record. Having previously been a full time offshore sailor, with over 30,000 nautical miles under my belt, I am familiar with the trials and tribulations associated with life at sea, and am keen to tackle something new. Mind is a fantastic charity, which not only seeks to support sufferers of a mental illness, but also those who are close to them, and there are a couple of people who are very close to me who have suffered from mental illness, it can be just as isolating for friends and family of the sufferer, and I want to help ensure that those people do not need to feel alone, ever.
Kate Hallam: A true adventurer at heart – from summiting Mont Blanc and Kilimajaro to diving with sharks, ice-climbing in Kyrgyzstan, trekking the Inca Trail, wild camping in the Borneo jungle, and mountaineering in Iraq – I’m always looking out for the next big expedition to explore the unknown and push my limits. After a couple of friends completed the race, it captured my imagination and provided an opportunity to blend my thirst for adventure with an extreme physical challenge. It’s been 10 years since I rowed competitively and my sea legs have certainly never been tested on this scale. Although a keen mountaineer and marathon runner, crossing the Atlantic would both mentally and physically go beyond anything I’ve ever undertaken before and I’m keen to meet it head on. As an issue close to my heart, I’m proud to be doing this race in aid of Mind to both highlight and further the important work they are doing.
Becky Charlton: Being an island girl from Guernsey and a water baby, competitively swimming the first 18 years of my life, rowing an ocean seemed like the logical next step. Despite having never sat in a rowing boat, the desire/obsession to row an ocean has been with me for years. With ‘how to row an ocean’ a regular google search of mine, it probably won’t be a surprise to friends, family and colleagues that this is my next ‘thing’. Outside my 9-5 job in Canary Wharf, the adventurer title is one I can probably be linked to. A keen snowboarder, jungle trekker, mountain climber (I met Kate climbing the highest mountain in Iraq), an officer cadet in the OTC whilst at university and a PADI Rescue Scuba Diver, nothing gets me going more than the highs and lows of a challenge. It is also the psychological challenge of rowing the Atlantic that really appeals to me. I always think getting through the hard times on an expedition are the biggest achievements. For me, this is one of the links to the great work Mind do – mental health awareness, education and support is vital to everyone and anyone, mental health illness does not discriminate. I am extremely proud to be representing Mind with this campaign and to be raising money for the fantastic work they do.
Charlotte Best: As a former competitive rower and avid lover of the sea, the idea of rowing across the Atlantic is enthralling and exciting, yet terrifying at the same time. Most of my time at sea has been spent in a large, ocean-going oceanographic research vessel – a little different to a tiny 4-(wo)man ocean rowing boat! Day to day outside the office, I can usually be found cycling, running, swimming or exploring. Or sometimes baking cake. I have a love for challenges and adventures; this has led me to an Ironman finish, a series of coastal trail half and full marathons, 100+ mile cycles and multi-sport racing across Scotland in a day. In early November I completed a 165km multi-stage race through the Omani desert! Whilst no stranger to a challenge, rowing the Atlantic as part of team Atlantic Endeavour will certainly be the most daunting challenge, both mentally and physically that I’ve undertaken so far. The times that we find mentally tough during the row will act as a reminder about the great work that Mind does and I am proud to be able to support their work through this epic endeavour.
Latitude 35(35)Team: Latitude 35
- Number: (35)
- Rower: Jason Caldwell, Matthew Brown, Angus Collins & Alex Simpson
- Country: USA
- Boat: American Spirit
- Charity: TBA
- Website: http://www.latitude35racing.com
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