On the 12th of December 2018 our team of 4 will depart La Gomera and row row row our boat the 3000 + miles to Antigua, racing other crews in The World’s Toughest Row. What was just an idea in early 2017 when 3 of the team took part in the The Toughest Footrace on Earth in the Sahara Desert, will have become a reality. After months of planning, training and working with the amazing support from friends, colleagues, partners and family we will be at the start line ready for the off! We are anticipating a massive physical and mental challenge and everything we have read and all the people we have spoken to suggest that we will not be disappointed!
Storms and 50ft waves that toss and roll the tiny boat like some giant hand from the sky, blisters, sea sickness, sunburn, lack of sleep, open sores, rehydrated food, exhaustion from rowing in shifts of 2 hours on 2 hours off are just some of the pleasures that we have been promised. We know this, yet we are excited and looking forward to the trip because we are thinking about it differently.
Our real challenge and our commitment is to:
- Enjoy every minute of the amazing experience we are lucky enough to take part in
- Deliver a strong performance by being our best (individually and as a team) at all times whatever the challenges might be
- Demonstrate that choosing how you think makes a massive difference to performance, enjoying the moment and enjoying life
- Make overwhelming positive memories of the experience and each other
- Equip ourselves with the skills and confidence to make a positive difference to everyone we interact with on the row
- Be strong ambassadors for our sponsors and nominated charities
No matter how hard things become or what difficulties we face we know that success and enjoyment is entirely in our hands and minds.
Choosing how you think can change your life!
Andy enjoys challenging himself in endurance events and spending time in the mountains whenever possible. Whether at work or play Andy is is a strong believer in the power of thinking differently and the importance of positivity in all we do.
Rowing the Atlantic with this team will be a fantastic experience – what could possibly go wrong?
Jonny comes from a nautical family and as such found himself drawn to the oceans recreationally and professionally. He has worked internationally with the marine industry for some time and now relishes the opportunity to be back on home shores for training and to promote both the team and the challenge. When not working, Jonny thrives on adventure and travel in sea or mountain sports alike. If these life-enriching activities offer the opportunity to also raise money for worthy causes and provide help for others, the stimulation from undertaking them becomes even greater. onny is delighted to join the team and grateful for all the support already shown – he hopes that this adventure will be followed and enjoyed by many.
Fast forward nearly 20 years and Andy’s vast sailing career has taken him across the globe and seen him log over 100,000 nautical miles working for the RNLI, sail training and superyacht industries. Aged 31 and originally from Skegness, Andy is an experienced yacht racer and has competed in three Round the Island Races, six Superyacht Regattas, Cowes Weeks, the Panerai Classic, The Bicentenary, Sydney Harbour Twilight Series and Lion Island Races.
As a warm up for the Atlantic Row Andy is the skipper of the Great Britain boat in the Clipper 17/18 Round the world yacht race!
A real-life Action Man, Andy is always looking to push himself and has completed marathons, triathlons, two half Ironman competitions, one full Ironman and the 3 Peaks Challenge. When he’s not working, Andy is also a keen windsurfer, kitesurfer, surfer, diver and snowboarder.
This challenge can’t come fast enough and I am extremely excited to be ably supported by 3 fantastic crewmembers.
By now it won't surprise you to know we thought differently about our team name! Row Row Row Our Boat was inspired by the Nursery Rhyme we are all familiar with. But how familiar are you with this rhyme that dates back to 1852 being a metaphor for life? We think Prince EA says it better than we ever could in the video clip to the left, but the key elements are:
Row Row Row
You are constantly rowing, working at life, towards an end
Signifies your life, you and only you are the oarsman rowing down the river of time/life
Don’t race along so you miss too much, enjoy the ride
Merrily Merrily Merrily
Attitude is everything, be happy, positive and passionate about your life journey