In May 2021, former SAS soldier Ian Rivers will embark on a solo unsupported row across the North Atlantic from New York to the Isles of Scilly. Using only a sextant as the main form of navigation, this 3,100 nautical mile crossing will test human endurance, navigation and seamanship to the absolute limit. Nobody has yet completed an unsupported solo from New York.
The row is designed to raise money for the Special Air Service Regimental Association (SASRA) and St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford, whilst also raising awareness of the mental health challenges facing serving and veteran personnel. Ian has personally funded the £25,000 purchase of the Rossiter Ocean 2 boat to ensure the venture takes place.
The Boat is named: ‘Sentinel’ after the SASRA mental health programme. Ian is a SASRA Sentinel. By facing this monumental challenge, Ian wants to raise in excess of £500,000 for his two chosen charities.
During a recent stopover in Saint Lucia, Ian faced the challenge of following his gruelling training routine, whilst observing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period. BFit was delighted to step in and provide a rowing machine to assist Ian in maintaining momentum, and we wish him all the very best in this incredible endeavour!