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Oarsome Buoys ready to embark on epic crossing for Rowcroft

25 November 2015

Ryan Barter and Shaun Pedley are preparing to embark on the toughest rowing race in the world in aid of Rowcroft Hospice.

The daring duo from Torbay will be attempting to cross the Atlantic with 30 crews of soloists, pairs and teams of four, setting off from La Gomera on 15 December and ending in Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua, anything between 45 and 75 days later.

So far their bid to complete the race, named the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, has raised £2,170 for South Devon’s local hospice.

Shaun said: “We have both had close family who have benefitted from Rowcroft’s services.

“This row is a chance to show our appreciation and give something back to Rowcroft by raising public awareness and sponsorship.”

The pair recently answered questions for a blog on Rowcroft’s website, revealing details of what the challenge will involve.

“We will be rowing for 12 hours per day on a rotation of two hours on, two hours off,” they explained.

“A lot of the race is weather dependent and will also depend on if we have any problems with the boat. More people have been to outer space or climbed Mount Everest than have crossed an ocean by rowing boat.”

Ryan added: “We will sleep every two hours in a pod at the front of the boat, and also have time to eat then. 

“We’ll be eating high calorie expedition food which has around 800-1000 calories per meal; we have to make sure that we have enough meals to cover a minimum of 75 days, if the race takes longer, we will have to consider rationing our food.”

Hospice staff and volunteers celebrated Ryan and Shaun’s efforts with the pair at Rowcroft’s Rainbow House this week, as they will be flying to La Gomera to begin race preparations on Thursday 26 November.

Hayley Norrish, Community Fundraising Manager for the hospice, said: “We are amazed by Shaun and Ryan’s commitment to taking on this challenge for us and can’t thank them enough for the efforts they have gone to fundraising and training. 

“Every pound they have raised will help patients and families in South Devon to make the most of every day they have together. 

“We now wish Shaun and Ryan all the best with their incredible challenge.”

To support the Oarsome Buoys and make a donation to the hospice, visit

For more information about taking on a challenge for Rowcroft, you can register for free for an exclusive Challenges Open Evening taking place at Rowcroft’s Rainbow House on Monday 30 November from 6.00pm. Register at or contact Community Fundraising Manager Hayley Norrish on 01803 210835.

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