Atlantic Titan is made up of just one person,
29-year-old Rob Hamilton. Rob has always enjoyed
pushing himself to find his limit. He has
completed two ultra-mountain marathons, is a
climber, a technical diver, a powerlifter and
has travelled to 48 countries so far, with a
particular fascination for the Middle East.
In 2016 Rob achieved a lifelong dream when he
started his training to become an officer in the
British Army at the Royal Military Academy
Sandhurst. However, shortly after starting his
training he injured his knee and was medically
discharged. The diagnosis – avascular necrosis
resulting in a partially dead knee, three months
on crutches and no more long-distance running.
This was certainly a shock to his system and
while he had always wanted to take part in the
Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, this
unfortunate turn of events meant he is now more
determined than ever to not only complete the
crossing but win the solo category. With the
goal of proving to himself and others that
injuries and life changing events need not be a
barrier for achieving extraordinary things.
You would be hard pressed to find a better way of
achieving this than to row across the Atlantic. The
Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is often touted
as the world’s toughest race and the premier event
in ocean rowing, and with good reason. The 3000-mile
race starts every December in La Gomera, the Canary
Islands and finishes up to three months later in
Antigua. Rob will be totally unsupported, carrying
everything he needs for the crossing on his boat and
won’t leave his boat until he reaches Antigua.
Rowing across the Atlantic presents many challenges,
Sleep Deprivation – Rowing for up
to 18 hours a day is exhausting, giving very little
time to sleep, coupled with the fact that sleeping
in an ocean rowing boat is often quite bumpy. Ocean
rowers frequently report hallucinations.
Salt Sores – Salt from the ocean
gets everywhere, all over your skin and clothes.
With nowhere to wash the salt can often lead to
painful sores which have the potential to lead to
Dehydration – With temperatures in
excess of 30 degrees, no shade on the boat and
rowing all day, every day, dehydration is a real
risk. The onboard watermaker is therefore a vital
piece of equipment.
Waves – Waves in the Atlantic can
be big, really big, up to 30ft (9 metres) high, in
fact. This may be ok in a larger ocean-going vessel
but in a small 24ft (7.3 metres) rowing boat it can
lead to capsizes.
Food – Spending all this time
rowing burns a huge number of calories,
approximately 8000 a day. However, rowers typically
only manage to eat 6000 calories a day. Therefore,
Rob will likely lose between 10kg and 15kg on the
crossing. This may be exacerbated by bouts of sea
sickness which drain energy and motivation making it
all that much harder.
Overall, the mental challenge of rowing across an
ocean outweighs the physical. There are times during
the race where the water will be 5km deep and you
will be closer to someone in space than on land.
Indeed, more people have been into space than have
rowed across an ocean, let alone completed a solo
Just making it to the start line is an impressive
feat, with £110,000 required to cover race costs
including the build and purchase of the boat from
Rannoch Adventure, all the navigation, emergency and
communications equipment as well as shipping costs,
the race entrance fee and mandatory courses. Rob is
actively searching for sponsors to join him on this
incredible adventure to prove that injury and life
changing events do not need to be a barrier to
success. Information on sponsor packages which start
from £5,000 can be found below. Please download
sponsor document below for more information and feel
free to contact Rob through the contact form below.
If you would like to help Rob reach the start line
by supporting his race costs for smaller amount, he
has now started a “250 club”. In exchange for £250,
your logo or name (or whatever you want, within
reason) can be placed on the boat! If you would like
to donate, please follow the link to the
crowdfunding page below.
Rob is raising money for two extremely worthwhile
Collateral Repair Project (CRP), a refugee support organisation based in Amman,
Jordan. And the
Invictus Games Foundation (IGF)
which supports and empowers service personnel from
around the world who have suffered life changing
injuries, visible or otherwise. Rob has previously
worked for CRP in 2018 and his short stint training
to be an officer in the British Army has given him
an appreciation of the needs of both refugees and
Both organisations support victims of conflict and
Rob’s campaign aims to draw support for what is
essentially two sides of the same coin. Rob is
hoping to raise £50,000 for these two charities with
all contributions split evenly between them.
When most people think about the refugee crisis,
they think of boats making dangerous journeys across
the Mediterranean, and families crowded into tents
in European camps. But the reality is that the vast
majority of displaced people never reach Europe.
This is where CRP comes in. Since 2006, CRP have
supported urban refugees in Amman. The organisation
tries to meet the immediate needs of its
beneficiaries by distributing food vouchers and
providing medical support. They give out warm
clothes and heaters in the winter, and
back-to-school supplies in September. At their
community centre in east Amman they offer classes
and activities focusing on education and trauma
On a trip to the Warrior Games in the USA in 2013,
HRH The Duke of Sussex saw first-hand how the power
of sport can help physically, psychologically and
socially those suffering from injuries and illness.
He was inspired by his visit and the Invictus Games
was born. The Games have been supporting wounded
service personnel since 2014, when the inaugural
Invictus Games were held in London. The organisation
harness’ the power of sport to inspire recovery,
support rehabilitation and generate a wider
understanding and respect for those who serve their
If you would like to help Rob meet his fundraising
goal, please follow the link below.