We are two women on a mission to see just how far we can push ourselves while supporting two incredible charities.
Believers in the power of sport to transform body and mind, we have chosen to support London Youth Rowing who work to promoting the importance of sport in the development of young people and The Fawcett Society who's vision is for a society in which women and girls in all their diversity are equal and truly free to fulfill their potential creating a stronger, happier, better future for us all.
With Victoria's rowing background and Saf's military expertise, we are determined to break the world record for the fastest female pair, set in 2018.
Victoria has been involved in rowing since she was 10 when she was first thrown in a single during summer holidays in Co. Kerry, Ireland. Being the 5th generation of rower in her family she didn't really have a choice!
Having competed at National Championships, major Head races and qualifying for Henley Women's regatta several times as part of Vesta Rowing Club, she is no stranger to competitive rowing....although over a slightly shorter distance than the Atlantic!
Victoria has been active in sport from a young age, being selected for Buckinghamshire County hockey and golf teams as well as representing her school at tennis, hockey and swimming. She is passionate about the power of sport on young minds and is wants to show that no sport or activity is limited to any one gender, race or ability.
She put her thoughts into action at Vesta Rowing club from 2017 - 2019, coaching the Novice Women's Squad which welcomes women of all abilities and ages to learn our favorite sport of rowing, with several going on to compete at Henley Women's Regatta.
Saf learned to row in 2007 but her rowing aspirations were put on hold when she started at Sandhurst followed by a tour in Afghanistan. Saf came back to rowing in 2018 when she joined Vesta, coached by Victoria.
Her 12 years serving in the British Army brings a wealth of organisational and leadership skills to the crew.
In order to get to the start line we need YOUR help! Your support will go towards our boat, equipment and food for our crossing....but the best part is that once we have completed the race all of our equipment will be sold with 100% of proceeds going directly to our two fantastic charities.
Angela started off as Victoria's partner for the row but is now embarking on a whole different adventure...motherhood! She will act as our official admin support both in the lead up and during the race.
Perhaps the biggest challenge for us was getting some sort of decent photographs! This is where Mel came in, providing our fabulous headshots and official crew photos. Check out her work at https://melbrownstudios.co.uk/
Our logo and brand will be a key part of our campaign and so we are incredibly lucky to have the help of Kathryn! She has produced our logo, helped us with the layout of our website and will be invaluable when we start branding up our kit and boat.