Get to know our crew

and dedicated support team.

Our Crew

Harry Hearn

Age: 34
Height: 6ft3
Location: London
Profession: Executive Search

Why are you doing the TWAC? From the moment I first talked about doing this two plus years ago, there were always three key reasons behind the madness!

Firstly, the mental challenge. It’s about putting our mental strength on the line; we will be hurting, suffering and hating but it’s all about keeping ourselves psychologically focused and strong enough on completing a job that needs to be done. Personally, I am hugely excited about testing myself mentally – taking negative energy, feelings and surrounds and using it positively to drive yourself forward!

Secondly, the comradery. Quite simply, it may sound cheesy, but it’s about forming a brotherhood; its being there for one another in the good times, but more importantly, the dark times. A form of loyalty and bond, that for me is unbreakable.

Lastly, it’s about giving back. I have been incredibly lucky to live an amazing life, albeit with ups and downs, but with amazing friends and family, I am where I am now. For MIND and the CNCF, two charities that are very close to me, it’s about giving people a chance in life. We aren’t trying to change the world, but if we can make just a small difference to someone’s life, then it’s a job well done. Dream to live, to live and then inspire!

Your Desert Island Disc? Bitter Sweet Sympathy, The Verve on the good days; The Commission, Breton to get me though the dark ones.

One luxury item? TBC, not sure if I’m going to take one, I don’t want it to distract me. ‘Everest’ the CNCF teddy, Alex and I took to EBC for the children will be coming with us – so he can be it.

What will you miss the most? My bed

Food you will crave? It’s not often I go through 48hrs without mayonnaise, so dreading the withdrawal symptoms. Also, fresh vegetables.

What are you most looking forward to? Everything about it. Even the dark and frightening times. Challenging myself more so than I ever have. Whatever happens, it’s going to be a life changing experience, I just can’t wait to get going!

What are you most apprehensive about? Seasickness and the unknown. We can plan and prepare as best we can, but we are quite literally, in the ‘lap of the gods!’

Your Christmas song? Carol of the bells

Alex Soskin

Age: 34
Height: 6ft2
Location: London
Profession: Chartered Surveyor

Why are you doing the TWAC?
Because Harry asked me every day for 6 months… and I eventually gave in!

From a personal perspective, I want to take myself out of my comfort zone to see how I am able to cope under extreme physical and mental conditions. I want to prove to myself and others what you are able to achieve when you put your mind to something. I have been on a few adventures but nothing quite like this!
I have seen first-hand the level of poverty the Vietnamese children face and the day to day struggle of those who directly suffer from mental health. As our chosen Charities, I want to grow the awareness of both who support these great causes and raise as much money as possible for them. The Charities work will no doubt inspire us all in our darkest moments in the race.

Your Desert Island Disc? Mr Brightside, Killers

What will you miss the most? Family and friends, and my own bed

Food you will crave? Anything fresh that doesn’t need water adding to it!

What are you most looking forward to? The whole experience of getting to the start line, the primitive nature of the row and having to work as a team throughout to reach our goals. Ultimately the achievement of reaching the finish line and that moment when we set foot in Antigua and are greeted by all our family and friends!

What are you most apprehensive about? Seasickness

Your Christmas song? Fairytale of New York, The Pogues

Ed Batchelor

Age: 32
Height: 6ft1
Location: London
Profession: Wealth Management

Why are you doing the TWAC?
Having always been a competitive sportsman I have always had the drive to win and the fear of losing. Rugby, running and horses have always been my main passions and I’ve competed at high levels in all of those sports until in 2009 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. This mainly affected my knees so that was sports over – or so I thought! Sport is such a high reliver of stress and helps immensely with mental health and physical health, especially when being sat at a desk all day. So, early in my working life I set out mini challenges which built up to taking part in a charity amateur boxing match for example. From this I realised that with the incredible support of the NHS and the determination not to give in to Arthritis, I would continue to push physical boundaries in my life in order to live the best, happiest and healthiest life I could – and ideally extend it!

With this in mind I thought what better opportunity to demonstrate this powerful thinking and inspire others in my situation, than to take on a seemingly impossible task for someone with my condition. Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge….. here we go!

Your Desert Island Disc? Favourite tune currently has to be Lewis Capaldi but you can't beat a bit of Phil Collins or on the other end of the spectrum… High Contrast!!

What will you miss the most? My Wife and baby

Food you will crave? Cheese, bacon, and mayonnaise

What are you most looking forward to? Putting myself out of my comfort zone and seeing how I react. Hopefully I can learn to control my own and others anxiety in order to push the limits of our challenge and compete at a high level

What are you most apprehensive about? The unkown!

Your Christmas song? All I want for Christmas is you!

Tom Phillips

Age: 33
Height: 5ft 11
Location: Norfolk
Profession: Chartered Surveyor

Why are you doing the TWAC?
It is the ultimate physical and mental test. It’s a challenge I have followed with great interest for years but never thought I would have the opportunity in life to be able to take part in it. To do it with three friends and fundraising for two fantastic charities, will make it a unique and special experience. I can’t wait to get to the start line!

Your Desert Island Disc? ‘I Will Wait’ – Mumford & Sons. It will get you motivated, rowing and singing whatever the mood.

One luxury item? Fishing rod.

What will you miss the most? My bed.

Food you will crave? Fresh fruit and vegetables I suspect but definitely a good fry up.

What are you most looking forward to? The camaraderie with the boys, the experience of it all and ultimately that finishing feeling!

What are you most apprehensive about? The Skipper’s sense of direction and the one bucket to share!

Your Christmas song? Twelve Days of Christmas.

Our Support Team

Duncan Roy – Team Coach

Dunc’s is one of the most respected, professional and well recognised Ocean Rowing coaches in the world. As a proud Yorkshireman and former Royal Engineer in the British Army, he has rowed the Atlantic twice, around 80% of the UK earlier this year and is gearing up to row in the Great Pacific Race 2021. As a qualified RYA Coastal Skipper & Yachtmaster Offshore and British Rowing Indoor Rowing Coach, Dunc’s is a multiple World Record holder at sea and on a Concept2 Indoor Rower. One of the finest men in the ocean rowing community, we are delighted to have ‘Coach’ onboard.

Gus Barton – Team Personal Trainer

Gus is Oardacity’s personal ocean rowing trainer. He founded his own personal training business, Gus Barton Fitness, after completing a Sports Science BSc Degree at Exeter University followed by multiple personal training accreditations (REPS Level 3, Functional Movement Screen & Diploma in Sports Massage). Through a deep-rooted understanding and passion for the industry he forged this distinctive outlook to personal training and strength and conditioning coaching. Gus is now established as a renowned Kensington Personal Trainer.

In the last two years alone, Gus has delivered over 5000 hours of personal and performance training. This has led to Gus being named a master trainer for the Dan Roberts Group, voted Tatler’s Personal Trainer of 2016. Gus rowed the Atlantic with team Ocean Reunion in the 2015/16 TWAC race and will be rowing the Pacific later this year.

Angus Collins – Special Advisor

Having rowed more than 10,000 miles across 3 oceans and around Great Britain, Angus has gained a number of world records and a host of knowledge within the industry.

He first conquered the Indian Ocean in 2014 with the Fast Row West team, where they broke the world record for the fastest four man crossing of the Indian Ocean, and the youngest team. In 2015, Angus took on the Atlantic Ocean in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge where he beat the race record with team Ocean Reunion. Then in 2016 he returned and broke his own record by 3 days.

Angus is Project Manager at Rannoch Adventure, working alongside his uncle and Founder, Charlie Pitcher.

Guy Munnoch – Special Advisor

Having enjoyed 21 years in the Army and 21 years in business, Guy is now on his final 21 year career which he quietly admits to others will take him up to the ripe old age of 83! Having already completed expeditions to both the North and South Poles, summited Everest and completed several ultra-marathons, Guy is currently skippering the ‘Ancient Mariners’ in the current TWAC race. In doing so, they will be breaking the Guinness Book of Records for the highest combined age of the oldest team of 4 to row across any ocean at 223 years and 211days.

From the moment the Oardacity boys starting plotting to carry out the race, Guy has been an incredible support and mentor to them all.

Harry Wentworth-Stanley – Special Advisor

Harry skippered the ‘Row for James’ crew in the 2016/2017 TWAC Race, alongside close friends Rory Buchanan, Toby Fenwicke-Clennell and Sam Greenly, completing the row in just 39 days, 4 hours and 14 minutes.

Harry has become a close friend and mentor to the Oardacity crew and been a more than useful sounding board for the boys since they first started their discussions around this challenge in December 2018.

Juliet Rood – Social Media Manager

As a very close friend of all 4 of the boys, we were delighted to get Juliet (Jules) on board to help drive our Social Media campaign, both pre and during the race. Jules will play a critical role for the team from a PR and Marketing perspective promoting our Key Sponsors and Partners, whilst we are on the water.

She has worked for a handful of Luxury British Heritage brands over her career. She founded ‘The Gunroom London’ Instagram page and continues to support small business growth within the field sports sector. Now a mother (to little Albie), Juliet works part time for ‘The Influence Room’ connecting brands and businesses with celebrities and people of influence.

Peter “Stokey” Woodall – Our fifth man!

Stokey is a well-known ocean sailor who has in 35 years made some 31 Trans-Atlantic crossings and amassed more than a quarter of a million sea miles. He is a highly respected teacher in celestial navigation and has sailed to the Azores some 89 times teaching students completing their Ocean Yachtmaster certification.

He will act as our 5(th) man on the ground during our Atlantic crossing, with 24hrs a day, 7 days a week weather forecasting, routing and boat maintenance. We are delighted to have Stokey onboard.

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