– In July 2013, hundreds of miles offshore on a rusting barge in Angola, West Africa, I considered where I was and what I wanted to do with my life. My father had recently passed away from a brain tumour, and I wanted to do something to remember him. Obviously rowing from America to England in aid of the Brain Tumor Charity would be a sweet way to do that!
For 5 months I read every book there is about offshore rowing and drank copious amounts of pints with past Atlantic rowers. By December 2013 I had written a 32 page, 12,000 word document containing research on how to successfully cross the North Atlantic, and potentially smash the 116 year old record!
Then, in January 2014, Sam and I paid the deposit to have a bespoke ocean rowing boat constructed. Justin Adkin of SeaSabre briefed me over more beer on how he hoped to build our machine, and gave a starting date of March 9th to begin building!
So here we are, 9 months down the line, 130 sponsorship letters sent out, the boat starting to be built, a functional website and two of the fittest and toughest rowers you’ll ever meet laying down hours on the moors and weights.
Stay with us and see two lager drinking fairies develop into true ocean rowing machines.
We are Ocean Valour!