Team Raring to Row are taking on the huge challenge of rowing unassisted 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean in December 2022, raising much needed funds for the children’s charity Action Medical Research. Being at the mercy of the Ocean alone, they will have to be prepared for every eventuality, mentally and physically. Follow their journey as they plan and train for the World's Toughest Race.
Who Are We?
For Kevin, the idea of the Atlantic row was initially ignited after dinner overlooking Ernest Shackleton’s grave in Grytviken, South Georgia in 2008 onboard HMS Liverpool. This ember of a dream was further fanned after meeting up with the 2012 team Atlantic Dash and seeing their boat and determination to achieve their dream. However, life has a funny way of moving on and leaving dreams behind but a chance encounter with Dean from Elijah’s Star saw an opportunity to row with him in 2021 but family circumstances again meant a delay. But this time the delay isn’t in years but months as his dream will be coming true as part of team Raring to Row rowing in 2022.
Helen is made of the Sea. Having been brought up at one with the Sea by parents who were keen to teach her to sail before she could talk it is only natural that she joins the Team of Raring to Row. Having raced the Fastnet, around the UK as well as in the Mediterranean she jumped at the chance of competing in the Talisker Atlantic Row Campaign. The youngest member of the Team but one of the most experienced sea farers she brings a real class to the Team.
Thinking it would be her ‘once in a lifetime adventure’ she raced across the Atlantic in TWAC 2020, describing it as the most awe inspiring experience. Now here she is, taking on that challenge once again, joined by an amazing crew! This challenge will culminate in her being the first UK woman to race TWAC twice, she will also be competing to be the first EVER woman to race TWAC more than once. What is she most looking forward to? Seeing the crew experience the World’s toughest race for the first time, and experiencing the beauty that is the Atlantic Ocean!
After completing several long-distance running races and duathlons, Adam was looking for a more challenging physical achievement. He has rowed for the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and after moving the family to the South Coast he realised he had a great affiliation with the sea. He started spending more time in the water from surfing, kayaking, wakeboarding and sailing which lead to him becoming the Army Offshore Sailing Champion in 2021, but as soon as he heard about the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge he knew he had to find a team.
Our Chosen Charity
Action Medical Research is the leading UK children's medical research charity.
Across the UK, thousands of families are dealing with the devastating fact that their child has a rare disease for which there is no cure.
Action Medical Research fund ground breaking medical research that offers hope to these families.
Discovering that your child has a rare disease can be heartbreaking and frightening. 75% of rare diseases affect children and sadly 30% with a
rare condition will lose their lives before their fifth birthday. Medical research is desperately needed to offer hope to families and young patients affected by these frequently chronic, progressive, degenerative and life threatening diseases.
The knowledge that diseases can be beaten, that children's lives can be saved, drives us forward.
We are determined to help more children, but we cannot do it alone and we need your help to succeed.
Together we will find the answers.