Team Oarstruck – Atlantic Challenge

Team Oarstuck 2017

Team Oarstruck, a four man crew consisting of  local Caerleon lads, John Evan MorganJoel Wood, Hugo Thompson and Monty Williams, will be competing in the 2017 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, ‘The World’s Toughest Row’, to help raise money for Diabetes Uk. The race begins in December 2017 and sets off from San Sebastian de La Gomera, Spain, ending over 3,000 nautical miles later in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua. We’re a 4-man team with a mammoth task in front of us: to get our boat into the water before propelling ourselves across the world’s second largest ocean

“Fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic than have been to space”

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Described as the world’s toughest row.

The premier event in ocean rowing – A challenge that will take you more than 4.800 km. west from San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands (28oN 18oW) to Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda (17oN 61oW). The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. The race structure brings together an environment where teams from across the globe gather in the race village San Sebastian in La Gomera, Canary Islands. The atmosphere is electric as people help each other prepare for the challenge of the mighty Atlantic Ocean. All with the same objective – to take on the unique experience of crossing an ocean in a rowing boat. The party atmosphere creates strong friendships and competiveness gives way to commaradery that will continue throughout the event.

But down to the serious business of rowing an ocean. From the sunsets and sunrises to the wildlife that will be encountered first hand – the race offers different experiences to all those involved. Boats are seven meters long and just under two metres wide, with only a small cabin for protection against storms. All boats are equipped at the race start, and cannot take any repair, help or food and water during the crossing. There is a constant battle of sleep deprivation, salt sores and the physical extremes that the row will inflict. Once the safe haven and party atmosphere of port is left behind – you are left with your own thoughts, an expanse of the ocean and the job of getting the boat safely to the other side. It’s now your World. A basic existence leaving behind the memories and smells of land and dealing with the emotions of leaving loved ones behind. The focus changes to your teammate, watch systems and knowing everything there is to know about your rowing boat.
Team Oarstucks first challenge along the way is getting to the start line, We are looking for help from businesses and individuals who want to support our journey from here to Antigua and help us raise money for charity. We’re currently raising funds to get our boat on to the water whilst also helping to raise a substantial amount of money for Diabetes UK.
A rough estimate of the typical costs to put a Fours Team/Boat campaign together is in the region of 100,000 Euros. This includes: boat, shipping, training, courses, food, flights, accommodation, trailer and all the equipment on board the boat, this also includes the entrance fee.

Funding Team Oarstruck:

We’re grateful of any help to get us nearer to our goal and we’re currently looking for headline sponsors as well as smaller donations.

Headline Sponsorship opportunity:

We are looking for companies who would like to invest a substantial amount of money in to our team and boat and we would like to work with people that have a genuine enthusiasm for the task we are undertaking. The boat and all of our promotional clothing/artwork would be designed to incorporate all of our main sponsors’ logos and colour schemes.

The 250 Club:

Everybody who supports us by donating £250 will be able to claim a space for their name/company/logo on our boat as it embarks on this epic voyage.

All 250 Club members will then have their space reserved on our boat and their name listed on our website (with your logo and a link to your website if you’d like).

If you would like to contact us regarding sponsorship/doantions or have any questions then please email us at

To make a donation, payments can simply be sent to our bank details below.

Bank: Lloyds Bank

Sort Code: 77-62-11

Account Number: 31895260

Referance : “Company Name”

If you would then like to have your name added to the 250 club, please send a confirmation of your details to

250 Club members:

Alternatively, You can visit our Go Fund me page and pleadge a donation of any amount you wish.

Raising Money for Diabetes UK:

We are using this opportunity to raise money and awareness for our chosen charity, Diabetes UK.

To Donate to Diabetes UK:

Sending a Text Donation is easy. simply send one of the codes below in a text message to this number 70070.

Send a £5 donation: text OARS55 £5 to 70070

Send a £10 donation: text OARS55 £10 to 70070

Send a £15 donation: text OARS55 £15 to 70070

Send a £20 donation: text OARS55 £20 to 70070

Send a £25 donation: text OARS55 £25 to 70070

To send a greater amount simply change the amount in pounds in the text code. Alternitively, Donations can be made voa our Just Giving page located on the link below.

Videos of Team Oarstruck on there Facebook Page.

Team Oarstruck at sea

Short video from the weekend out at sea. Thanks to Ruby Duff for letting us use the backing track.

Posted by Team Oarstruck on Monday, 26 June 2017

Team Oarstruck on the news !

 Little Video of us on ITV Wales this evening #Oarstruck #twac #twac2017 #diabetes

Posted by Team Oarstruck on Friday, 16 June 2017

More videos on Team Oarstrucks Facebook Page below.

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