In May 2022, our two-person mixed crew will leave London and, using muscle power alone, row over 2000 miles around the coast of Great Britain. We will be entirely self supported and rowing non-stop - meaning we will accept no outside help and touch land only once we arrive back in London.
Rowing against fast-turning tides, changeable winds and successfully navigating over 2000 miles of coastline makes this route an incredibly difficult test of endurance and skill. Only 10 crews have ever completed the row. Of those, only 2 crews were pairs. Both crews were male.
We are rowing to raise money for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity.
2000 mile circumnavigation of Great Britain
Starting at Tower Bridge, we will row down the Thames and out into the North Sea. We will pass through the English Channel, round Lands End, and head north through the Irish Sea, past Ireland. Scotland will provide a dramatic and challenging backdrop as we row between the inner and outer Hebrides before reaching the notorious Pentland Firth with its treacherous overfalls and tidal streams. Rounding Duncansby Head will bring us onto the home straight, as we head south on the North Sea, crossing back into England and rowing towards the finish line at Tower Bridge. We will not touch land once we leave.
The small number of people who have rowed both across an ocean and round GB all say the same thing... Round GB tests you like nothing you've done before.
MEET THE CREW
CAZZ LANDER UNITED KINGDOM
Cazz is an adventure athlete who set two Guinness World Records in 2018 as the first crew of three (male or female) to row the mid-pacific ocean and the youngest crew of three to row any of the world's oceans. She has since gone on to work as core safety crew for the NOMAN Ocean Row Race.
She has two English Channel relay swims to her name, being awarded the 2017 Dover Straights award for the fastest standard relay crossing of the year and has completed numerous ultra marathons and multi-day expeditions. In 2019, Cazz joined the Loco Stand Up Paddleboard Team, racing in the UK and Europe against some of the world's best athletes.
A Sport Scientist by trade, she spent seven years working at the English Institute of Sport with the British Olympic and Paralympic sports teams leading the Athlete Health Intelligence Department. She was seconded to lead Athlete Health Intelligence for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympics. Cazz is passionate about exploring human limits and potential, particularly in extreme environments.
ANDRE VAN DER WALD SOUTH AFRICA
A trained survivalist and outdoorsman, Andre has worked around the world with an insatiable adventurous spirit: across Africa in expedition teams, as a Rancher in South Africa, and on farms in the USA in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Colorado. He did Rodeos and Wild Horse races in the States whilst driving a Semi-Truck to pay the bills.
He completed basic military training in the French Foreign Legion and sailed across the Atlantic Ocean, Cape town to Annapolis MD. Previous expeditions have included crossing the Namib and Kalahari deserts in a 1950's Unimog, which he patched together, climbing mountains in Namibia and crossing the croc-infested waters of the Kunene River to Angola on a crude log raft.
A highly skilled carpenter, in 2019 he turned his skills to boat building, handbuilding in traditional methods the Midgard Heron, a 13m wooden Viking longboat. Crewed by 12 people, it successfully sailed around the southernmost tip of South Africa and along the coast to Cape Town.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raises money solely to support The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre.
- Support life-saving research - including funding clinical trials that give patients at the hospital, across the UK and around the world access to the latest breakthrough drugs.
- Invest in state-of-the-art equipment - from the latest in robotic surgery, to improved cancer imaging to ensure more effective and efficient diagnosis and treatment.
- Offer patients world-leading treatment and care - delivering tailored and personalised treatment, which cares for the whole person, not just their illness.
- Fund modern patient environments - allowing the hospital to build new facilities and refurbish existing ones, so that so patients are cared for in the most welcoming, dignified and peaceful environments.