Team

Jonathan Davies – 43

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!

 


Andy Grant  – 40

Commercial Mariner, Restaurateur, Businessman & Chef; Cornishman Andy, grew up in Mawnan Smith near the Helford River.

From a family of sailors, his formative years were spent sailing and playing most sports.  To this day a keen squash and tennis player, Andy also enjoys mountain life skiing and snowboarding and has endured 2 seasons in Val D’Isere.
A commercially endorsed RYA Yachtmaster Ocean (Sail and Motor)  & Yachtmaster Instructor with over 100,000 miles of experience at sea, Andy has sailed across the South Pacific and the North Atlantic 4 times as well as the Bay of Biscay, Med and English Channel on numerous occasions.
Never been shy of a challenge, he also holds an Australian Skydive C-Licence (170 Jumps), PADI Scuba Diving Qualifications and is currently learning to fly.
Rowing has never been one of his hobbies (only in the dinghy to and from the pub), but when he heard the Atlantic Seamen were short of 2 rowers he couldn’t help himself.  Andy hopes his ocean-crossing experience, resourcefulness and positive outlook will help the team cross the finish line in English Harbour ahead of the pack.

 


Alex fawcett – 38

The Atlantic rowing challenge has been on my bucket list for a few years now when out of nowhere came a phone call along the lines of, ‘fancy rowing the Atlantic?’. My response – ‘um, er, OK, who with, when, you what!?’. As a late addition to the team I feel very appreciative of being on an adventure of a life time.

 
I am married with 3 children and run a Bristol based property development company called Brownfield Green, set-up in 2010 by my wife Kezia and me. We convert disused historic buildings into multiple townhouses with a small in-house construction team. I am also a Chartered Engineer and used to design engineering systems on large London based projects, before moving into development.
 
I’ve always looked for interesting challenges and adventures and rowing the Atlantic will certainly be a challenge! Previous adventures have involved mountain biking old Inca trails whilst cycling across Bolivia and Chile, as well as family sailing around the Mediterranean and Atlantic coast on my sailing boat Alice. 

 

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