Atlantic Titan is made up of just me, Rob Hamilton, and in December 2020 I will be taking part in the 2020 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. The challenge is a 3000 mile unsupported row across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Antigua. The race could take up to two months and I will have to contend with seasickness, salt sores, sleep deprivation, dehydration, extreme heat, isolation, 30ft high waves, 35 degree heat, sharks, and possible capsizes. Despite eating over 6000 calories a day, I will likely lose between 10kg and 15kg by the time I finish in Antigua. It is perhaps unsurprising that more people have climbed Everest and been into space than rowed across an ocean.
So why would anyone want to row across an ocean, alone and unsupported? Well, despite (or perhaps because of) my comfortable, thoroughly middle class surroundings, I have always had a love for the ocean, travel and challenging endurance events. I am an experienced scuba diver having passed my PADI scuba dive instructor course at 18 and going on to complete a number of technical diving qualifications. My curiosity about the world and how far I can push myself led me to complete a master’s in Near and Middle Eastern Studies at London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, travel to nearly 50 countries and complete two ultra-mountain marathons.
In 2016, I achieved a lifelong ambition when I was accepted into the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst for training to become an Army officer. Soon after I started, however, I injured my knee (by literally killing off part of my femur), was permanently medically discharged from the Army and put on crutches for three months with a further three months of no sport. I went from someone who could run 50 miles over mountains, to someone who could walk around town for 20 minutes before having to call it a day. This race is a chance to prove to myself and demonstrate to others that life changing events and injuries do not have to permanently change your way of life. With a little grit and determination, incredible things are possible!
I am also doing this incredible challenge to raise money for Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a refugee support organisation based in Amman, Jordan. The organisation is apolitical and areligious meaning they support refugees from a wide spectrum of nationalities and faiths. The organisation does this with emergency aid such as food vouchers, heaters and mattresses as well as community programming such as English classes, after school clubs for kids and a variety of psycho social support programmes to help people move on from their trauma.
In order to get to the start line of this incredible race I have to raise an estimated £110,000 to cover my race costs such as buying the boat, as well as paying for vital safety equipment, food, navigation aids and training courses. Please support me in my journey to the start line by donating today!
I also have a '250 Club', where individuals, groups or organisations can get a logo, name or whatever you want (within reason) on the boat for £250!
for businesses, or individuals, who would like to sponsor a more substanial amount in return for larger logos on the boat and team clothing, use of the boat for PR events, signed and other benefits, please see my website and download a sponsorship document - www.atlantic-titan.com
All proceeds through Gofundme go towards covering my race costs.
for donations to CRP, please fill out the charity donation form, linked here - CRP Donation Form .
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