Known as one of the toughest challenges on earth, made more difficult by raging seas,
howling winds, sharks, blisters, salt rashes, sunstroke and sleep deprivation, there is
little wonder that a mere 500 people have completed this challenge. Almost ten times
that number have been to the summit of Mount Everest, and nearly twice the number
have travelled to space.
Dylan and Sam will be challenged physically and mentally whilst rowing a constant, relentless shift-pattern of two hours on and two hours off. They will be using their down time only to eat, make water, make repairs and attempt to catch up on well deserved rest in a boat not much bigger than a standard family car.
The aim is to raise awareness for the Make a Wish Foundation, an incredibly deserving charity with an ambitious, but achievable fundraising target of $100,000 AUD. In order to gain maximum exposure and ensure that the charities and partners receive the maximum benefit, Dylan and Sam intend not only to win the race, but also to break the world record for a pair’s boat crossing the Atlantic..
Growing up between Australia and Europe, Dylan’s passion for adventure and the ocean was inevitable after his parents sailed to Australia from the UK; spending years exploring the Pacific Ocean. Once completing high school, he received a scholarship to the Australian Institute of Fitness which gave him the opportunity to travel the world as a personal trainer. Over the last 5 years Dylan has been based between Europe and the US completing his studies and sea-time to be qualified as an Officer of the Watch for vessels up to 3000GT. Some of Dylan’s achievements and qualifications include;
Sam has surrounded himself in the surfing culture from a young age; travelling around the South Pacific, Sumatra and Indonesia while discovering untouched waves and becoming a talented waterman in the process. He is no stranger to pushing the limit of the body’s capabilities either; from being in the Army, to competing in ultra marathons around the world, he has become a prominent figure in a community more commonly reserved for a more experienced generation of athletes. Over the last few years this has seen him become a recognizable character in the ultra marathon community, as well as a source of inspiration to the many who follow his incredible feats through social media. Along with various Australian long distance records, some of his achievements include:
If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with The Ocean Nomads at any level, please contact us. We would be very happy to answer any questions you may have. You can also send us an email to request a copy of the Campaign Support Proposal with full details of the challenge, as well as our mission and how we aim to achieve it.