Solitude training

One of the biggest concerns I have ahead of my upcoming Atlantic row is the thought of being isolated for nearly two months. Without going into detail, significant trauma in my early life has left its mark, and being alone with my own thoughts is something I have...

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Platinum sponsor – LV=

I am over the moon to announce WhiteRows shiny new platinum sponsor for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge 2019. Thank you Richard, Karen, Samantha and all at LV= for your support.   LV is one of the United Kingdom's largest insurance companies with over...

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24 Hour continuous row

As part of my preparation for the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, I thought it would be useful to have a good benchmark of how strong I am, both mentally and physically, and how my rowing technique is looking four months ahead of the race, when there is still...

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PeopleHR are PRIME sponsor for WhiteRows

I am delighted to announce that PeopleHR are now the prime boat sponsors for the WhiteRows TWAC 2019 Campaign. Thank you to Manjit, Sat, Jason, Ed and everyone at PeopleHR for all your support. Below is a recent video produced by Ed at PeopleHR outlining the event...

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New Gold Sponsor – PQS Survey

Im delighted to announce a new Gold Sponsor - PQS Survey in Leeds. PQS Survey Ltd is a specialist in the provision and servicing of survey and safety equipment. Formed in 2007, and with several decades of experience across our team, they are the UK’s largest...

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White Rows – The official campaign launch

Six months ahead of my solo Atlantic row we held the official launch party at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. A huge thank you to all that helped make it possible. Special mentions to The Royal Armouries for hosting us, Macmillan Yorkshire and the amazing team there, to...

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A week training in Mallorca with Rannoch

What a week... The adventure began by towing the boat down to Palma in Mallorca by Land Rover and in convoy with Angus Collins at Rannoch Adventure, who was towing his R45 for training another four man team. 36 hours later we pulled into Barcelona and managed to join...

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Not everything goes to plan….

I wanted to post this to show that not everything is sunshine and rainbows and that sometimes things can and do do go south. I also want to say a huge thank you to Humber Coastguard and to the RNLI who were incredible and helped me out of a tough and potentially...

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Performance upgrade

So it would appear that after decades of rugby, ultramarathons and Ironman races, all the training had finally taken its toll. After a knee reconstruction and partial replacement in 2014, my foot was now causing me "significant" pain when I was rowing. In fact it even...

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WhiteRows first outing in Yorkshire

After launching WhiteRows off Hornsea Beach at high tide, courtesy of Hornsea Inshore Rescue I took the boat out to sea, helped by the outgoing tide. Turning the boat 90 degrees I rowed her up the Yorkshire coast toward Bridlington, taking the opportunity to practice...

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Even a solo rower can’t do it all alone…

So after a 300 mile trip from Burnham on Crouch, WhiteRows is now firmly based in Yorkshire. Having spent the previous evening with paper charts and a tide atlas, I plotted what I would be a hard but rewarding 7 hour row, with my wife in support, allowing time for an...

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Technique is everything

So my rowing technique is pants. Had some really great support from @gusbarton and spotted some major technique errors. Plenty to work on...Spine bent, heels elevated and hips too far forward. Too much hip flexion...this is not going to get me across the...

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She’s ready!

Thanks @CharliePitcher at Rannoch for the update. She’s good to go. Can’t wait to take her out when I’m back from Africa.

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Pull Tuesday

45 minutes of pure pain on the daily foam roller followed by Tuesdays push/pull circuit.

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Strength & Conditioning

Great strength workout today, really got those lats and shoulders burning. getting stronger every day. Focussed on arms and chest today.

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Harrogate intro to Ocean Rowing

Great day at the Atlantic Campaigns organised introduction to ocean rowing. Thanks to Atlantic Campaigns and to Row4Victory boys. Very informative; learned a lot, and I can't wait to get on the ocean now.

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Boat structure complete!

Great news! just had a call from Angus Collins at Rannoch. The boat structure is complete. The next stage is the electrical fit out. Time for a visit to Rannoch!

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Boat Design

The Rannoch R25 So caught up with Angus at Rannoch Adventures today and he showed me the latest CAD/CAM designs for the new R25 I have ordered. She has much less windage than previous designs and incorporates all of their knowledge to date in terms of...

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