In January 2015, I will be rowing in a team of eight people, from Puerto Morgan in Gran Canaria, 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to reach Port St Charles in Barbados.
This is an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the fastest crossing in history and cross in under 30 days. The 30-day limit is currently seen as the four minute mile of ocean rowing.
We are also hoping to break the following Guinness World Records:
Fastest crossing of the Atlantic Ocean by human power (current record 32 days).
Longest distance rowed in 24 hours (current record 115 miles).
Most consecutive days rowing over 100 miles (current record 12 days).
And this is the boat that will take us there....
Meet Avalon, an 8 person monohull, made of carbon kevlar with design features which aide self righting and reduce drag significantly.
The skipper is confident she can achieve a blistering pace, perfect for pursuing World Records!
James currently works as a doctor in Sheffield, South Yorkshire and he is also a Captain in the British Army Reserve. He rowed for Sheffield University and has travelled extensively through Eastern and Southern Africa. He enjoys a good joke and is looking forward to this fantastic expedition!
Thato is an accomplished sportswoman with successful rowing experience. She represented South Africa at the FISA Team Cup international regatta and competed at the World University Championships in Brive La Galiarde, France in the coxless 4 event. Thato competes in cycling and running events and her athletic ability and disciplined yet laid back attitude makes her an incredible asset for this expedition.
ORE core crew Don has rowed many ocean miles with Leven, La Mondiale ‘Blue Riband’ 2007/08, 2009 & the North Atlantic Challenge 2010. Between rows he has been running in the USA raising money for charity. His enthusiasm and dedication to getting the ‘job’ done is second to none and he looks forward to this next challenge.
Julie Dunne is from Portarlington in Ireland but has been living in London for the past nine years. Julie has rowed competitively for five years and is currently a member at Twickenham Rowing Club. The most recent endurance race Julie took part in was the 24 hours Three Peaks Challenge and will be fit for this forthcoming challenge!
Cae is from Brazil & combines his love of sports with honourable causes. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Brazilian Harbour Master’s Office & Harvard. He hopes to fulfil his dream of rowing an ocean & helping Osteosarcoma research. Cae believes leaders are not driven to lead people but to serve them. He hopes to put his best on every stroke and be a true team player.
Stuart has real knowledge of the sea, navigation, rowing and all the challenges that lie ahead. He is looking forward to this journey of discovery and learning. This expedition will allow him to discover, not only a new world out there, but about himself, fears, the beauty of the oceans that the humans are busy destroying and hopefully the thing that means the most to us all, Living Life! This is a huge privilege.
Nikki comes from an ex-military background and has shown great determination in the pursuit of his goal ‘to row an ocean’ or several! Recently he has become a key member of ORE, where his doggedness and sharp wit make him a man who will get things done.
Leven Brown, Skipper
An experienced rower & skipper, Leven has faced many tough challenges on the oceans. He leads with a quiet but strong competent manner and is looking forward to this next challenge with eager anticipation of a chance to cross this ‘Trade winds’ route in a record time.