Welcome! My name is Tommy Tippetts and this is my website covering my attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean, setting out in January 2012.
Below is my blog where you will be able to keep up to date with all areas of my preparation, from sponsors to securing a boat and all my training to prepare for such a challenge.
Please also take some time to look at why I am doing this row, raising money and awareness for mental health in this country and any small donation you can make will go a long way to improving lives of many people around the UK. Please click below to sponsor me on my row in aid of Mind. I am hoping to raise £25,000 for the charity and any contribution you can make, small or big, would be gratefully received.
Solo Atlantic Row 2011
Read Tommy's blog as he prepares to take on 'the World's toughest rowing race'
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KIRDFORD MAN ATTEMPTING SOLO ATLANTIC ROW
22 Year Old Will Be The Youngest Ever Solo Entrant Of ‘The World’s Toughest Rowing Race’
Tommy Tippetts, 22, of Kirdford, West Sussex is aiming to become one of the youngest people ever to row across the Atlantic Ocean solo as he competes in the Woodvale Challenge Atlantic Rowing Race. Departing La Gomera, Canary Islands on 4thDecember 2011, it is 3000 miles across the open ocean, fully unsupported, to the finish line at Port St. Charles, Barbados.
Less than 90 people have ever achieved this feat and with more people summiting Mt. Everest each year than have ever rowed an ocean it is fast becoming a pinnacle of human physical achievement.
During his time at sea Tommy will receive no outside support apart from weather updates from his land based team. He will be carrying everything he requires to survive the crossing which is likely to take longer than 80 days-with bad weather this could extend to 4 months or more.
Tommy will be burning up to 8000 calories a day and his food, consisting of de-hydrated expedition rations, will be key to providing him with the energy he requires. A water maker provides fresh water for Tommy to drink and is powered by solar panels on the top of Tommy’s custom made ocean rowing boat. The solar panels also run all GPS and navigation systems on board that are vital, as well as early warning systems for approaching vessels.
Tommy has been training for over a year to make sure he is ready to take on a challenge that pushes the body to its absolute limit. Now with three months to go the training is at a fundamental point. Whilst spending time in the gym and on the rowing machine, Tommy is also getting as much training on the boat as he can which is currently kept at Sussex Yacht Club in Shoreham.
On Saturday 15thOctober 2011, Tommy is undertaking a 24 hour row on the main concourse of London Victoria Station to help raise money for the charity Mind, the charity Tommy is supporting with the row. Starting at 7 am on Saturday and finishing at 7 am on Sunday 16thOctober Tommy will be rowing constantly, only stopping for a few minutes an hour. Tommy is inviting everyone to come and support him take on this challenge at London Victoria and will be available for interviews both before and after.
All information on the race and Tommy’s entry appear alongside the blog on his website: www.SoloAtlanticRow2011.co.uk.