Everyday Warriors

My name is Barry Hayes, and I am not rowing the Atlantic Ocean, I am also not rowing the Indian Ocean. And this decision has been fuelled, almost entirely, by the fact that it sounds genuinely horrible. I have, however, been working closely with the amazing Brain Waves team for a little while, helping them…

Unconditional Love

I’m sitting in my lovely new home, in our kitchen/family room, its 4:30am in the morning, and I have less than two weeks before I leave to row the Atlantic ocean! Which is precisely the reason why I’m awake at 4:30am on my day off. The nerves are starting to kick in a little, but…

Scott’s thoughts from the jungle

Many of you may have noticed that the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge rowing race has begun. 35 teams and solo rowers have set off from La Gomera in the Canary Islands in search of adventure. Perhaps in search of themselves or something equally profound. Whatever their reasons they are in for one incredible journey. We’re not…

An update from Scott

THE ATLANTIC ROW An update from Scott NEWS ∙ OCTOBER 15, 2019 I sit here writing this with cling film wrapped round my arm. Why? Because I’ve just had a tattoo. It’s one of the few times where I sit still for a prolonged period of time and the mind wanders. The tattoo I’ve had is the…

Who is John Haskell?

MEET THE CREW Who is John Haskell? CREW ∙ OCTOBER 15, 2019 After acquiring an old wooden boat that was an exhibit in Swansea maritime museum and totally rebuilding it, John,50, successfully rowed across the Atlantic Ocean as one of a pair. He has two teenage children and believes the most important role in life is…

An update from Rachel

THREE MONTHS TO GO An update from Rachel NEWS ∙ SEPTEMBER 29, 2019 We had a wonderful time at the Southampton boat show this month and one of the common questions was about a blog. I have never blogged in my life, but fully intend to (where possible) when at sea, so why not start early…

Who is Billy Taylor?

MEET THE CREW Who is Billy Taylor? CREW ∙ JULY 14, 2019 Billy started ocean rowing challenges in 2014 after finding out his childhood friend had been diagnosed with Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. He has rowed across the Pacific and Indian Oceans, the Mediterranean and the English Channel, all of which have been to raise awareness…