2026 Race Entrants

Solo

Billy Row Mates (UK)
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The Jolly Roger (CH)
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Kyle Will(s) Row (CA)
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C'Oar'nish Maid (UK)
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Firefly (UK)
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Renate Solo (NL)
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Team: Billy Row Mates (UK)

Rower: Dave Malortie
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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I have a bit of a track record of signing up for physical challenges without fully thinking them through. My thought process normally goes something like this; “That looks disgustingly, hilariously hard! I can probably do that. I will do that. I am now apparently signed up for that. Right. What have I actually committed to here?”

Through my lack of sound thinking, I have found myself taking on ultra marathons, the Marathon Des Sables, an Ironman triathlon, and a nearly decade in the Army. So far I have come through everything relatively unscathed, which clearly means I haven’t found my limit yet and I need to think bigger.

So when I heard about the Atlantic row, I committed myself to it almost immediately. All the friends I asked to join me took a more considered approach and said it was a stupid idea and they wanted no part of my idiocy.

And that brings me here. Rowing the Atlantic. On my own. 3000 miles of ocean and weeks on end with no one to talk to apart from my own brain telling me that all my friends were right.

Maybe I’ll find my limit here.
Team: The Jolly Roger (CH)

Rower: Roger Jost
Country: Switzerland
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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Team: Kyle Will(s) Row (CA)

Rower: Kyle Wills
Country: Canada
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: SickKids Foundation
Social Media: Instagram

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After a long battle with mental health in my early adulthood.  I’ve always been drawn to endurance sports.  As an avid ultra runner, I love the feeling of pushing my limits past where I could ever imagine.  When I stumbled upon this challenge I didn’t hesitate for a second.  I knew it was something that I needed to do.

I spent years being my own worst enemy and I’m happy to constantly prove to myself and those around me, that it couldn’t be further from the truth now.

Team: C’Oar’nish Maid (UK)

Rower: Claire Sharp
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: MND Association
Social Media:Facebook

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Why am I Rowing – Rowing the Atlantic has been on my bucket list for possibly over 15 years, I have enjoyed falling the race, and more so over the last 4 years where I have been lucky to follow 3 close friends do it, back in 2019 I flew out to see the finish of their race and as I stood on the dock in Antigua I vowed the next time I stand on the same dock will be after I have rowed in! So now it’s my turn so why not do it Solo!

My Chosen Charity – I have chosen Motor Neurone Disease Association as the charity to raise money and more awareness of what they are doing supporting people and families affected by MND, which I am seeing first hand with a close friend fighting the disease presently.

Team: Firefly (UK)

Rower: Ollie Quilter
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: CALM(Campaign Against Living Miserably) & The Goed Life
Social Media: TBC

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I’ve always been intrigued by what it is like to be out on the open ocean, having grown up with my dad’s stories from his row in 2003. I decided to bite the bullet and sign up to feed my interest in doing a challenge of this scale. I have always loved the idea of striking out alone and putting myself into a situation entirely out of my comfort zone, so felt I couldn’t go much further than signing up to row 3000 miles on my own. To be able to feed my ambitions, whilst raising money for a couple of causes that are important to me in different ways was a complete no-brainer and almost a calling that I could not ignore the opportunity to pursue. 

Team: Renate Solo (NL)

Rower: Renate de Backere
Country: Netherlands
Boat Design: R25
Charity: World Cancer Research Fund (www.wkof.nl)
Social Media: Website

Why indeed! After successfully finishing the WTR Atlantic in January 2021 with the Atlantic Dutchesses, a deep ocean longing stayed in my system. A failed attempt to participate in the WTR-Pacific in 2024 made the longing even more as the energy was still there to go, GO! During the crossing in 2020-2021 I sometimes thought; would I dare to do this alone? The answer was yes, and yes again. So why not? I know I’m capable, having endured hardship in many ways. Enough stamina for all the oceans, but the adventure to go solo will last for a lifetime.

And here is the real answer to the why. Having suffered from cancer and especially the treatments, it made me realize how powerful the body and mind are. It made me stronger and actually, without this period I couldn’t and wouldn’t have crossed any ocean at all. I’ll never be thankful for having had cancer, but it brought me a deep gratitude for life and all its possibilities. I chose the World Cancer Research Fund as they support research that explores the relationship between healthy choices in diet and lifestyle and the reduction of risk to get any kind of cancer. We can’t control everything that happens to us, but we do have a choice in how we deal with it. So I’ll do what I love best to support this message and help the World Cancer Research Fund continue their good work.

Pairs

Team Couples Therapy (USA)
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One Row, Live it(UK)
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2 Wild Souls (UK & AUS)
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Claverdon Lions (UK)
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Uncharted (USA)
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Team: Team Couples Therapy (USA)

Rower: Karyna & Ben Odom
Country: USA
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: https://www.teamcouplestherapy.com/the-challenge

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Karyna supported Ben when he thrust the family into the insanity of the race in 2019 as team Row4Hope made their journey in 2021. Now, being newly retired and with adult children flying the coop, she’s keen to see what this race is all about! She and Ben will row as a pairs team and look forward to seeing all that the race has to offer, not only the intense sleep deprivation, sea sickness, and endless rowing for weeks, around the clock, but the serenity and solitude of sunsets, sunrises and moonlit nights. Here’s to the insanity, chaos, danger, and beauty of it all!

Team: One Row, Live it (UK)

Rower: Giorgia Webb & Louis Webb
Country: Great Britain
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) & Alzheimer’s Research UK
Social Media: Website, InstagramFacebook

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Rowing the Atlantic Ocean became a goal in recent years, we have both had a very adventurous childhoods which has followed us into adulthood. You only live once, so live it to the full and try everything! Hence why we chose our name “One Row, Live It”. A spark of adventure appeared when we made the decision to attempt such a challenge, and the best thing is we can help raise vital funds for charities whilst taking on this epic journey. 

We have chosen two charities – 

  1. Royal National Lifeboat Institution 
  2. Alzheimer’s Research UK

 

Why we have chosen the RNLI…

 

… Living in the United Kingdom of Great Britain or in the Republic of Ireland, it’s impossible to not end up by the coast, the RNLI is a charity which everyone may need to use at some point in their life, hopefully never! The RNLI completely relies on donations from the public to help provide their amazing selfless crews with valuable equipment which helps them to save all walks of life. We choose the RNLI because no matter your age, sex, race, religion, nationality or even species (our beloved pets), this wonderful charity will always answer your call for help and it is important to support those who have saved over 140,000 lives since 1824! 

Why we have chosen Alzheimer’s Research UK…

… We believe in living your life to the very best, to venture on those adventures, taking those chances and most importantly, making those treasured memories along the way. Alzheimer’s Disease affects around 6 in every 10 people with dementia in the UK, a huge percentage! And this disease can affect anyone of any age. What a terrible thing, to live the most amazing life, only to forget it. And those you love so dearly have to watch this horrid disease take over. This is why we have chosen Alzheimer’s Research UK, they are a charity with one goal, to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. They currently have discovered a new drug which can help dramatically slow down the symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease and is currently in the trail stages.

Team: 2 Wild Souls (UK & AUS)

Rower: Shelley & David Redwood
Country: United Kingdom & Australia
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Coming Soon
Social Media: journeyof2wildsouls

David and Shelley are inspired by the challenge of the race – both mental and physical – and are determined to succeed in joining the small group of adventurers who have rowed the Atlantic Ocean.

 They currently spend most of their time aboard their yacht in Western Australia and are not only rowing the Atlantic in 2026, but also plan to sail a lap around Australia in 2025.

While David has been rowing since he was young and was a ‘Super Vets World Gig Rowing Champion’, Shelley is relatively new to the sport but has had dreams of rowing across oceans for years. 

Their shared love of the ocean and great sense of adventure, means that these challenges are sure to be only the start of their exciting journey!

 “If it’s both terrifying and amazing then you should definitely pursue it.”

Team: Claverdon Lions (UK)

Rower: Daz Ariss & Duncan Nealan
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R25
Charity: LooseHeadz
Social Media: WebsiteInstagramFacebook

As a pair, and as individuals, we both love the sanctity of endurance challenges. The purity of experiencing you against you, and of man working intimately with mother nature is something we are both lucky enough to have experienced before, and always cherished. In today’s frantic, always-connected world, being in the moment of a singleminded focus, of getting from A to B, is a genuine privilege. And experiencing it with a life-long friend, to share the memories with, makes this challenge something to treasure.

Sadly we both have direct experience of the impact of men being unable to talk about their mental health. That suicide is the biggest killer of men under 50 in the UK is both shocking and unacceptable. LooseHeadz is a charity focused on ending the stigma associated with mental health, and encouraging people to talk about how they are feeling. Their affiliation with the rugby community makes them a natural and obvious charity to get fully behind.

Team: Uncharted (USA)

Rower: Grant Miller & Keith Shannon
Country: United States
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: WebsiteInstagramTwitterFacebook

Two lifelong friends always looking for adventure decided to make a team to take on the world’s toughest row to raise money to make the world a better place through the prevention and fight against human trafficking and sex slavery. Grant Miller is the team’s true endurance athlete and first mate. Grant is a business owner, avid runner, and adventurer who jumped at the idea of pushing his limits and facing a new challenge while having fun and making memories. Our Captain Keith Shannon is an average guy who has big dreams. Keith’s desire to change the world for the better led the team to the idea and where they are today.

Trios

Coastal Commanders (UK)
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Grannies on Waves (NL)
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Team: Coastal Commanders (UK)

Rower: Scott Dingle, Jon Reilly & Martin Mead
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media:Website

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We are the Coastal Commanders, a team of three airline captains who have worked together in the most challenging environments. Our unwavering determination and commitment to success drive us to exchange the Boeing 737 for an ocean rowing boat and take on the World’s Toughest Row head-on.

Initially, Jon and Scott started planning to form a team, but in 2022, Martin joined the discussion, and that’s when we truly became the Coastal Commanders. As aviation captains, we have the essential skills, knowledge, and expertise required to accomplish a successful campaign. Safety is our top priority, and we frequently utilise critical thinking to solve day-to-day problems. We are dynamic, confident, and possess excellent communication skills, always with a smile on our faces!

Our ultimate goal is to complete the crossing successfully, set a new world record, and raise significant funds for our chosen charities. With our skills, experience, and unbeatable spirit, we do not doubt that we will achieve this goal.

Team: Grannies on Waves (NL)

Rower: Trea ten Kate, Ineke Boxem & Carla Schraa
Country: The Netherlands
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: TBC
Social Media: TBC

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We are 3 grannies from the Netherlands. We have rowed many kilometers together and the World’s Toughest Row has been beckoning for years. It’s a desire to do something far outside our comfort zone with teammates we trust implicitly. We look forward to going back to basics, getting to know ourselves and each other even better while we have one task: working together and rowing safely until the job is done. We realize that it takes courage and that we are taking a risk, but it’s a calculated risk. Together with the people around us, the organization, our preparations and the right tools, we do everything we can to reach the port of Antigua safely. With this challenge we also want to inspire others to take the plunge and show that anything is possible, at any age.

Our beautiful grandchildren are healthy and growing up in a safe and loving environment. We wish that for every child and we are looking for a goal that contributes to this, but we have not yet made a final choice.

Fours

Fourtitude (UK)
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Atlantx (CH)
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You Row Girl (UK)
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CTF Hambo (UK)
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Foar Mavericks (GB)
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WTR WOI Headers (IE)
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Team: Fourtitude (UK)

Rowers: Matt, Digger, Coe & Sam
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: MIND UK & Motor Neuron Disease Association
Social Media: fourtitude_worlds_toughest_row

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It all started with the great mind of Matt, the oldest and some would say the wisest member of the team ! We are a group of 4 friends, and a bunch of budding adventures, however we all share the same love for the outdoors, for challenges, and pushing ourselves beyond our limits. With a varied background of sports and adventure including cricket,running,rugby,mountaineering and more, these skills have formed FOURTITUDE. We have many reasons for taking on this challenge however at the core of it we are doing this to prove that ordinary people can achieve extraordinary things. Our 2 chosen charities are MIND UK and the Motor Neurone Disease Association both of which have personal links to our team.
We are looking forward to learning and building the skills to take on ‘The World’s Toughest Row’ things will break and weather will change but we will be ready,
Here’s to 2026 !
Matt – Digger – Coe – Sam
Team: Atlantx (CH)

Rowers: Andreas Nef, Marco Kamm, Robin Muntwyler & William Stampfli
Country: Switzerland
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Cancer charity organisation (Switzerland & International)
Social Media: Website

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The project presents a dual challenge for us, encompassing not only athletic performance but also resilience at sea. Our objective is to leverage this challenge as an optimal platform to raise awareness and secure financial support for cancer aid.

Hence, in instances where safety permits, we restrict our material procurement to cost-effective options, aiming to maximize the financial surplus for subsequent donations at the project’s conclusion. In line with this, we intentionally adhere to the motto “World rescue before world record.”

Team: You Row Girl (UK)

Rowers: Hebe Hemming, Amy Sparks, Sophie Otter & TBC
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: Women in Sport
Social Media: Instagram

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Sport has always played a large part in all of our lives, firstly we wouldn’t have met without it. Secondly and most importantly without it we would not be who we are today. The Row seems like the perfect way to physically and mentally push ourselves. Whilst simultaneously inspiring Women and Girls to get back into sport, to break down the barriers that stopped them from competing, to show them that if you put your mind to something, it is more than possible.

The charity we have chosen is Women in Sport. We have chosen this charity because we love the work they do, we know from our experience what a huge impact sport has and we want to support the work they do to allow more Women and Girls to benefit from participating in Sport.

Team: CTF Hambo (UK)

Rowers: Julian Evans, Martin Corry, Nick Kempster & Mike Berry
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: R45
Charity: Clocktower Foundation and Matt Hampson Foundation
Social Media: Instagram

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We have all competed in various epic events and are keen to test our resilience, and endurance, on this famous race.

The Clocktower Foundation and Matt Hampson Foundation provide phenomanal support for the special forces and those with serious spinal injury, respectively. We believe it is important to assist others who are not as fortunate in life, and this adventure, will enable us to raise funds for our chosen charities.

Team: Foar Mavericks (GB)

Rowers: Jasper Upton, Edward Mortimer, Jamie Gregory & Patrick Bullard
Country: Great Britain
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: James’ Place, East Anglia Air Ambulance
Social Media: TBC

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Team: WTR WOI Headers (IE)

Rowers: Bryan Hyland, Padraig Marrey, Tommy Bourke & TBC
Country: Ireland
Boat Design: RX45
Charity: CROI
Social Media: TBC

Embarking on the row, offers us an unparalleled opportunity to test our limits and achieve something extraordinary. We have done some extraordinary things in our lives but nothing that will push us to the limits that this will. This journey will foster intense personal growth and resilience, as we navigate unpredictable ocean conditions, demonstrating our capacity to overcome extreme challenges. Participating in this event also allows us to join a prestigious community of adventurers and, to help support our charity partners by raising awareness and funds. The backdrop of the vast, beautiful Atlantic would provide moments of profound solitude and connection with nature, making this not just a physical challenge, but a deeply spiritual journey too. The personal achievement and the thrill of adventure will be a transformative experience that can redefine the boundaries of what we believe is possible.

We are supporting CROI, the Heart and Stroke Charity, because of its profound impact on cardiovascular health. This organisation not only fuels essential research to prevent, diagnose, and treat heart disease and stroke—the leading causes of death and disability worldwide—but also engages in vital public education and advocacy for better care. Our contribution will help expand educational outreach, improving community health and promoting healthy lifestyles. Having a personal connection to cardiovascular challenges, supporting CROI feels deeply meaningful. It’s a way for us to give back and support others facing similar health issues, contributing to a future where these diseases no longer pose a major threat to our well-being.

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The Remiges V (UK)
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Team: The Remiges V (UK)

Rower: Will Mackie, Brian Smith, Stuart Ward, Stuart Brown & Declan Winfield
Country: United Kingdom
Boat Design: TBC
Charity: The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity, Mind Body and Sole and MND Scotland
Social Media: TBC

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Will Mackie: A 41 year old ex stoker in the Royal Navy, Will is from Peterhead in Aberdeenshire. Currently a senior operations technician for Shell in the North Sea. Dad to two boys and his incredible 4 legged companion Murphy. See’s the row as the ultimate physical and mental challenge.

Brian Smith: Brian, 36 is from Glasgow. He is an offshore operations and maintenance technician with Shell. A keen fitness enthusiast and father to 3 girls, The row represents an excellent opportunity to test himself mentall and physicall and the WTR 2026 cannot come quickly enough!

Stuart Ward: Stuart, 34 is from Fife. He works offshore in the North sea as a metering specialist. He is dad to 1 son and would consider himself a ‘runner’. He is excited to find the adventure of his lifetime and has been shocked when people have asked why would you want to do that? He prefers why not?

Stuart Brown: Stuart B, 28 hails from the central belt. He is also an offshore operations and maintenance technician for Shell specialising in instruments. Already very fit, he is excited to level up throughout the challenge as we chase the class win.

Declan Winfield: Declan at 26 is the baby of the group. His youth and energy will be essential if others dare mutter the phrase we’re getting too old for this. He lives in Cullen where he is fully renovating a house and is also an operations and maintenance technician at Shell.