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Old Man on the Ocean

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Richard Harries

I am planning to row solo and unsupported across the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to the West Indies towards the end of 2020.

Raising money for multiple charities

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Donations accepted until 28-05-2021

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I am a partly retired consultant radiologist, living in a windmill in rural Lincolnshire with my (long-suffering) wife, Anna. We have 4 children between us and 4 grandchildren, all of whom, I hope, will be listening keenly for my updates from across the water and looking forward to my return to dry land in the hope of hearing some swashbuckling tales of adventure.

I am no stranger to putting my physical and mental endurance to the test. In the last few years I have raised over £7,500 for charity by taking part in various challenges including seven London Marathons, a Bear Grylls 5-day survival course in Scotland, climbing Kilimanjaro and, most recently, walking unsupported from Land’s End to John o’Groats.

I have been a volunteer doctor for the community first responder scheme LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services) and EMICS (East Midlands Immediate Care Scheme) for about 5 years. Through this work I feel an affinity with the emergency charity I have chosen to support, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance.


Event details

Old Man on the Ocean

My bid to row across the Atlantic will start from one of the Canary Islands in late 2020 in order to avoid the hurricane season. The boat will be a specially designed ocean rowing boat with self-righting features, communications (GPS, VHF radio etc.), and two cabins (one for sleeping in). The journey of approximately 3000 nautical miles will take up to 3 months and I will face storms, huge waves, extremes of heat and cold, fatigue and sleep deprivation. Hopefully there will also be periods of calm and I should see a variety of wildlife such as dolphins, whales and perhaps sharks.

Event date

16-December-2020 00:00  - 
28-February-2021 00:00

Event type

Overseas challenge

635 days to event start



Best of luck
Donation by Jennie Bloomfield
on 16-01-2019
£5.00 gift aid
Donation by Anonymous
on 03-12-2018
£25.00 gift aid

Donation summary

Online Donations: £120.00
Offline Donations: £10,000.00
Total Raised: £10,120.00
Total Raised
with gift aid:    £10,150.00

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