Craig Forsyth will be last but not least!

Craig, a bricklayer and former professional Rugby League player from York, UK holds the title for taking part in the most editions of the Clipper Race (sailing).

“I enjoy a life of adventure, new experiences and challenges to test my boundaries.; When it comes to the end of my time, I wanted to make sure that I have lived and that there is no mileage left in the clock of life. To row across the Atlantic is something I have read about, and wanted to do for some time. The challenge certainly seems like an amazing way to use up 3000 miles on the life clock. I know that the thought of being out in the middle of the great ocean with nothing to hear but your own thoughts and nothing to see but miles of endless water does terrify people, for me it is bliss. With the support of my family and friends, I’ll be leaving my native Yorkshire and its comforts (apart from Yorkshire Tea) behind to head for the Atlantic Ocean. Having embarked on a few extreme endurance challenges in the past I know the physical and mental strength needed and while relishing the test this offers, and being able to prepare physically for the rowing, I am aware of the highs and lows that may be ahead of me It takes a lot of courage to ask for help, either during or after a career in Sport and despite the importance of mental health regularly hitting the headlines, many sports people still suffer in silence with the stigma of mental health haunting them in the shadows and not asking for the help that they need. Sporting Chance does incredible work supporting both individuals and organisations across the world of sport, to address mental health, emotional welfare and addictive disorders; a very fitting charity for such a sporting endeavour as rowing the Atlantic.

Team’s slogan is ‘by women, for women’

WEBSITE:   www.dutchessofthesea

Atlantic Dutchesses are looking to become the first Dutch female crew to cross the Atlantic ocean.

Astrid is a 53 year old graphic designer, mother of a good looking boy and who is very spontaneous. Remke is a 58 year old grey(cious) lady. She leads an active lifestyle with her boyfriend and Dutchess of the Sea. Désirée is a 52 year old in-exterior decorator who has two dogs and a lovely guy. A woman with balls. Bela is 52 years young sporty freelance digital consultant, has 3 grown kids as well as a loving husband.

The team’s slogan is ‘by women, for women’ and that is why, as a charity, they are raising money to support scientific research that focuses on heart disease in women. At the moment, 57 women per day die of heart disease in the Netherlands. By researching the early symptoms in women, which sometimes differ from men, their chances of survival can be improved significantly. Lastly, a shout out to de Waard transport & overslag b.v. for believing in us and making sure we have a beauty of a boat to race in.