Hi! Our names are David Ferrier and Garry Hoyle, and we're the lucky two who will be embarking on this remarkable challenge of rowing the Atlantic Ocean.

We have both been lucky to have worked all our adult lives, from leaving school at 16, and have taken the decision independently to retire from full time employment when we turn 60 and 61 respectively in 2023. However, neither of us intends to treat retirement as the end of an era, or a time to simply dwell on our past achievements, but the beginning of the next big thing and an opportunity to make new memories. As we have both remained sporty and healthy throughout our lives, we have talked for some time about marking the occasion with an appropriate physical challenge… and why not the world’s toughest row?!

We hope you'll join us on this journey, share in the highs and lows and, most importantly, help us to raise as much money as possible for the Royal National Lifeboats institution, a worthy and life-saving cause.

Image by Tim Marshall