The Transatlantic Trio

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an unsupported 5550km rowing race across the Atlantic Ocean from La Gomera to Antigua, tagged as ‘The worlds toughest row’. 

The team will row 2 hours on 2 hours off, 24 hours a day for roughly 45 days. 40 days if the weather conditions suit a race record.  Sleep Deprivation & Exhaustion. Rowing non-stop in 2 hour shifts, day & night. Exposure to extreme weather, giant waves, boat wear & tear, sharks, no outside assistance, shipping... Health Challenges include salt sores, sun exposure, exhaustion, nutrition - all food must be carried and drinking water pumped with a desalination unit. Needing to consume over 6000 calories per day. No shower or luxury items.

To survive the team will have to work together as a crew, look after each other mentally and physically. Team work will be essential on the oars to row a good race but also instrumental in making crucial navigation decisions and having the mental toughness to continue through this gruelling regime.

Jooles started rowing in 2007 and has competed competitively consistently ever since her love of the water stemming from being on the inland canals and rivers from just 5 days old. Proud sporting moments include holding the record at Boston Marathon 50km in an WIM3 4+ in 2012 and Fastest Women's crew and Masters A W2x in 2017. Jooles holds an indoor World Record involving a Women's Large Team 20-29 Heavyweight 100km with Concept2 in 2017, Jooles has also rowed in various coastal races, notably the Orestone challenge 40km, the Vogalonga in Venice 30km and the prestigious Queens Diamond Jubilee Pageant on the Thames in 2012. Jooles has also completed two full marathons on the Concept2 and many half marathons over the years. Other rowing adventures include coastal rowing in Naples & Marseilles and Austria. Jooles is no stranger to hard work both on and off the water and has been wanting to undertake an ocean row since 2013 when the GB Row dream with an all girl crew including Amy didn't come to fruition. With both daughters at school now and a recent promotion means time away from the business has become possible. The Atlantic Challenge is becoming an exciting reality with Mark and Amy to fulfil a long and deep routed dream. 

Mark - After a life playing every sport imaginable including rugby union, cricket, golf, tennis, but most notably semi-professional and representative football, what would be next? I know, I’ll learn to row and not just river rowing but ocean rowing! Since discovering the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, it has absolutely captivated me in every way and I cannot let it go. Once I had completed several qualifying rows, the power and magnitude of the ocean enhanced my desire to row the Atlantic. With a great deal of planning and preparation already in the bag, The Transatlantic Trio is the perfect project to bring existing planning, passion and desire together. The feat we are undertaking will push us to the limits, testing both friendship and partnership but the feeling of success and achievement upon rowing into English Harbour, Antigua will define all three of us.

Amy learnt to row, in 2010, at Welbeck Defence College with an incredible coach – Jooles. She rowed competitively over her time there and captained the squad as a senior, winning the Sports Woman of the Year award. Amy has completed rowing marathons, both on and off water, within the UK and abroad. She, along with Jooles, was part of the fastest women’s crew at the Naples-Capri race in 2017. Amy has spent a large amount of time in the USA as a head rowing coach, helping young girls meet their sporting goals. She is a serious competitor and the youngest member of our team at the age of 24. Up until taking up rowing, Amy competed for the England karate squad with multiple wins internationally, A keen skier and cyclist, she is up for any challenge that comes her way. Amy's ultimate rowing goal is to row an ocean. Unfortunately, in 2012 Amy and Jooles didn't quite make it to the start line of GB Row due to external factors. So now, it's into the deep (quite literally!) to go straight for the Atlantic. This time, the crew will make it!

The support of partners is essential for the success of our campaign, 3 of us may do the rowing, however this is a massive team campaign. Your business will benefit from supporting us by Increased PR, brand exposure and outreach through global media coverage, events and partner network . Your brand will receive local, national and international exposure through TV, press, radio and social media from our campaign and the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. Team endorsement of your products or services. This can be through a variety of channels including content creation such as video footage and photos on the row, as well as mentions on our blog, website and social media to directly engage your target audience. High quality media content. The team will be available for press releases about the partnership and will provide rights to all photos and video content from the row to partners. We have a variety of corporate sponsorship levels available for you to partner our team available to view on our website. 

For us to complete the crossing, first we need to fund a boat, technical and life-saving equipment, onshore support, food and other operational costs.

We need lots of equipment to keep us safe, keep in touch, to help us navigate, in fact the list is endless. If your company or as an individual would like to donate any of the following items we would be extremely grateful in enabling this expedition to get to the start line. Please do get in touch with us for an up to date list and ways in which you can help us.

£250 CLUB
The support of partners is essential for the success of our campaign, 3 of us may do the rowing, however this is a massive team campaign. The aim of the 250 Club is to involve the local communities and local businesses, friends, colleagues and family in a one off collaboration to celebrate the courageousness, the sacrifices that will be made, the hardships, the sheer strength and metal toughness required to row an ocean by Mark, Amy and Jooles. The aim is to bring 250 donations together all donating £250 in many different ways from grass roots fundraising like bake sales and sponsored walk or rowing events through to family members clubbing together to donate together. For smaller businesses this amount is a feasible amount to them but also really does make a huge difference once they start getting on board. You get your name and picture and weblink on our £250 Club page on our website  with a motivational message and name on the cabins inside as a reminder to us through the dark times of all the people supporting us. A sense of community and working together towards one goal is created though everyone's efforts. You may even want to tie in a holiday to Antigua in Jan/Feb 2021 to welcome us in. Its set to be an amazing party. The race organisers recommend waiting until the crew are two weeks away from reaching Antigua before booking flights. 

To be the first Mixed Trio to row the Atlantic (Guinness World Record) To be the first crew with females in to reach Antigua in the 2020 race To try to beat the current Trio record of 41 days Mental challenge Wildlife including whales, turtles, birds & bioluminescence to name a few. Physical challenge - The ultimate rowing race Jooles & Mark to inspire their children. True teamwork. Ultimate rowing challenge. Raise money for Blood Bikes. To raise awareness of the oceans pollution crisis. To learn the sport of Ocean Rowing. 

It would mean the world to all of us if you make a donation however big or small.  Charity - Our chosen charities are the Blood Bikes. Saving vital NHS funds by providing out of hours voluntary support transporting blood, breast milk for poorly premature babies and much more. If we raise £100,000 for blood bikes it will save the NHS a staggering £500,000!!

Thank you Mark, Jooles, & Amy x

Donations (0)

  • Amy Walshe 
    • £25 
    • 18 d
  • Tom Kilner 
    • £40 
    • 1 mo
  • Pete Fisher 
    • £10 
    • 1 mo
  • John Stepney 
    • £33 
    • 1 mo
  • Andrew Gilmour 
    • £30 
    • 2 mos


Jooles Paillin 
Ratcliffe-on-Soar, East Midlands, United Kingdom
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