Dan and Will met while studying at Oxford Brookes University in 2006.
In 2011, Dan invited Will to join him on this adventure when his previous rowing partner had to pull out due to a heart condition. Will was keen from the very start and they have been working hard for the last two years to bring the campaign together.
Dan originally had the idea to row the Atlantic following a short period working for James Cracknell’s sports marketing company, Threshold Sports. It was here where he met James, read his book and then watched the video of his 2005 crossing with Ben Fogle. This seemed like the ultimate challenge and Dan knew that he absoutely had to attempt it at some stage.
Dan, 27 (28 come race day) is a chartered surveyor working in London for out of town retail specialists Edgerley Simpson Howe. He has always been a sporting enthusiast and has taken part in events such as marathons, half marathons and endurance cycling events. Rowing the Atlantic however will be by far his biggest challenge to date and one that will test him to the very limit. The fact he has had 3 shoulder operations and never stepped foot in a rowing boat does not make things easier!
"I really want to raise as much money as possible for these three amazing charities. I am well aware how lucky I am do be fit and healthy and to be able to undertake such a challenge which others cannot. I've wanted to row the Atlantic for many years and feel that now is the perfect time to put the 'oars' in motion. I want to look back on my life and feel I have pushed myself and done some great things. It will also be a great story to tell my grandchildren about (or bore rigid!)"
Will, 28, is a headhunter working with the executive search firm Sheffield Haworth. In his spare time he plays 1st XV for Hammersmith and Fulham Rugby Club, and is a keen tennis player and surfer. Will has taken part in a number of fundraising challenges in the past, but this will by far be the greatest test of mental and physical capabilities he has experienced. Will is chomping at the bit to face the trials the Atlantic will throw at him, and is proud to be raising money for causes close to his heart.
‘There are three charities that are immensely important to both Dan and myself, and to have the opportunity to support them is such a worthwhile reason for investing so much time and effort into this. In addition, the adulation from crossing the finish line in English Harbour will be something to treasure for the rest of our lives and along with the fact that there are few other challenges that impose such great demands on the human body and mind, competing in this race is something that I will not look back on with any regrets.’