Jonathan Davies – 41
Inspired by the endeavours of past competitors I have dreamt of competing in the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge for several years, finally finding a group of like-minded friends with which to take on this enormous undertaking. Cornish born, I have a passion the outdoors and water sports. A keen amateur lobster fisherman, surfer, open water swimmer and pilot gig rower I am used to spending time in and around the sea but not for 45-55 days in a small boat in the middle of the Atlantic!
After serving for 6 years in the British Army as a Captain in the Royal Engineers I decided to return to Cornwall with my wife. I retrained as a Doctor and now work as a GP in Falmouth.
I enjoy travel and have ‘bagged’ all the continents. Highlights include medical volunteer work in a remote rural health post in Nepal as well as a rather rough trip across the Southern Ocean to Antarctica. I have competed in several endurance events including Iron-Man competitions and ultra-marathons.
I expect the biggest challenge during the race will be spending time apart from my wife and three children…but I hope the money raised for Children’s Hospice Southwest and The Urology foundation as well as the after party in English Harbour, will make up for it!
Andrew ‘Bez’ Berry – 48
Originally from Burnley, Lancashire. I now live in Cornwall with my wife and two wonderful children. In recent years I have started to enjoy endurance events; including cycling from London to Paris in 24 hours, and cycling from Lands End to John O’Groats. I am incredibly competitive and I love a challenge. I am at the stage of my life when I want to stretch myself physically and mentally to the max. Rowing across The Atlantic is the ultimate challenge!
With a great team, each with a unique set of skills, means we can not only win but seriously challenge the record for the fastest four person crossing!
Robert Spence is a rower, open-water swimmer and a regular marathon and ultramarathon runner. Rob was a school and university oarsman and returned to the water 5 years ago, sculling on the open waters of the Persian Gulf and the creeks of the UAE coastline; and now Carrick Roads. He ran the first international marathon to be held in Iran last year, competed in the Great Wall Marathon in 2012 and has twice run the high-altitude Annapurna ultra. Rob’s 9-to-5 for the past fifteen years has been spent criss-crossing Arabia’s Empty Quarter carrying out environmental impact assessments for oil exploration projects, which has presented technical challenges and provided regular opportunity for planning remote expeditions, none though as testing as the Atlantic Challenge. Permanently on-the-go, Rob’s bedrock in Cornwall is his wife, Kerstin and their three children.
Tim May – 44
Tim, married with 3 children, hails from the South West and now lives and works in Cornwall.
A keen sportsman, whilst at Kings College, Taunton, Tim played Rugby, Cricket, water polo and has competed in a few local triathlons, coastal runs, swims and can be found regularly on the Squash court!
Always up for a challenge, Tim has completed cycles from Tangiers to Marrakech and an unsupported John o groats to Lands End, jointly raising over £7,000 for Alzheimers Society.
Although not a rower! he has always wanted a challenge where the only way out is the finish line – once Jon put the idea forward, The Atlantic challenge seemed the perfect solution!!