The opportunity to conquer one of the toughest challenges in the world was more than enough of an incentive for Hector to join the team. The prospect of breaking a world record only served to cement the decision.
Born & bred in central London, Hector is the only true Brit aboard the boat, and is very much looking forward to proudly waving the Union Jack and showing off an incredible sunburn upon arrival in Antigua.
After developing an interest in running during the later half of university, he has gone on to challenge himself through sport to the fullest extent, running a number of half marathons, competing in Spartan Races and racing in Vatternrundan for 5 consecutive years.
Hector characterises boundless enthusiasm and unrelenting energy, which will doubtlessly serve towards keeping the team’s morale afloat through tough times and rough seas.
His avid love of fitness and sport makes him a fierce competitor, although is was his compassion that first compelled him to study medicine. Whilst at University he competed in a range of disciplines including swimming, rugby, running and powerlifting.
Always looking for new experiences, rowing became the next obsession and the obvious race to partake in was the Talisker Atlantic Challenge!
He is a team player, and most content when interacting and collaborating with others towards a common goal. His hunger for new skills, knowledge and experiences have lead him down many new and exciting paths, to his great satisfaction.
Immediately distinguishable as the enormous blond haired member of the team, Paul lives a very active lifestyle, with gym and cycling as his principle sporting disciplines. His other sporting disciplines include water polo and swimming.
Since graduating from Southampton university with a degree in mechanical engineering, Paul has lived and worked in Holland, where he has established a career in naval architecture within the oil & gas industry.
As the only member of the team who has previously visited Antigua, he very much looks forward to returning to the island, although recognises that this time the journey will be a significantly more lengthy one!
Although a novice rower, Nick is an experienced sportsman who has represented the Royal Navy and GB at powerlifting; as well as playing rugby and sailing at a more relaxed level.
Nick is driven by a love of conquering challenges and pushing beyond what was thought previously possible. His energy, drive and enthusiasm are contagious, as is his trademark laugh which colleagues report can be regularly heard across the office.
Besides maintaining morale, Nick will add power and nautical expertise to the team, as they seek to not just row the Atlantic, but break the record for doing so!
A last minute addition to the team is Rory. As a bit of a sporting jack of all trades and all round sucker for punishment he jumped at the opportunity to join the team.
He represented his university for squash and triathlon, and his Army Reserve unit for sailing, kayaking and winter biathlon. He has peaked Mt Blanc, Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Elbrus and is continually challenging himself in new environments and ranging from the arctic circle to the deserts of the middle east.
He graduated from the University of Southampton and now works as a junior doctor in Portsmouth. It is about time he left the south coast.