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In 2020, I will solo row 3,000 miles across the Atlantic.

3,000 Miles

800 Sheets Of Toilet Paper

90 Days

1.5 Million Oar Strokes

1 Man

Countdown to race:

CRP

CRP

Dynafit

dynafit

Fourth Element

Fourth Element

Sam Poate

RH

Burlingham London

Burlingham

Athlete Movement

Athlete Movement

SOAS London

SOAS London

The Man

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.

The Challenge


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 infection.
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 crossing.

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.

250 Club 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.

Download a Sponsorship Document 250 Club
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The Charity

Rob’s goal is part of the reason why he is raising money for Collateral Repair Project (CRP). The organisation is an areligious apolitical refugee organisation based in Amman, Jordan, that he worked for last year. CRP provides emergency aid for thousands of families fleeing war zones in Iraq, Syria, Yemen and Libya - amongst other countries. Beneficiaries of the centre have suffered extreme setbacks in their life and funds raised for CRP would help to ensure they have a future to look forward to! Rob is hoping to raise £50,000 for this incredible organisation.

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 relief.

If you would like to help Rob meet his fundraising goal, please follow the link below. In the modern age where many people are unsure where donations to charities end up, Rob employment history with the centre means he is able to guarantee that all donations to CRP will directly benefit the lives of refugees by either providing emergency food vouchers, clothing or improving the facilities for the beneficiaries.