Let me introduce myself, my name is Pete Beatty, I am a dad, husband, and I am a roofer by trade in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire. I consider myself, and others would agree, someone who loves an adventure.
My love for adventure began with a vision to swim the English Channel. I accomplished the Channel, on two occasions. Firstly in 2007, as a solo, and again in 2009 as a relay. In 2011, still needing adventure, I set off to achieve my next goal. With a modified buggy, I walked solo, non-stop, for 1,700 miles. I began my walk in Cap Gris-Nez, where I finished my channel swim, to Gibraltar. This took me 65 days, averaging 30 miles of walking per day. Hoping to be the first man to have travelled from England to Africa without transport, I wish to complete the Gibraltar straights swim, from where I finished my walk in Gibraltar, to Morocco, Africa. But, not until I have completed my Atlantic rowing adventure…
Since the age of 25, inspired by John Ridgeway and Chay Blyth after reading their book ‘A Fighting Chance’, I have been harbouring a dream to row the Atlantic. This is where my next adventure begins!
About the Challenge
In December 2023, I will be taking on my biggest challenge yet, rowing 3,800 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Portimao, Portugal to Cayenne, French Guiana. I will be rowing solo and unsupported, becoming the oldest man to take on this challenge. My challenge is called ‘Indian Summer’, meaning a dream to be achieved at a later age. My estimated completion time will be 100 days, with my tenacity and determination I will achieve my dream.
I will be rowing the Atlantic in a purpose-built ocean rowing boat. This will be a 18ft, custom made, one person rowing boat built to self-right should it capsize. This boat will be fully prepared for my challenge ahead. Equipment such as a water maker, navigation plotter, radios, emergency safety equipment and positioning beacons will be carried on this small, but perfectly formed boat.
I will be completing my row for 2 charities:
- Tough Enough to Care: Tough Enough to Care are a men’s mental health charity. Their main aim is to focus on men in male dominated environments where the “man up” culture is unfortunately ingrained. Their mission is for mental heath to be an easy to talk about subject, and show that it is ok to talk about your feelings.
- Prostate Cancer UK: Prostate cancer is one of the biggest killers of men in the UK. More than 47,500 men in the UK are diagnosed with prostate cancer every year. It is important to raise awareness to bring down this statistic. 1 in 8 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, it is therefore important to make men aware of the availability of a prostate check.
Indian Summer’s mission is to raise awareness of Men’s Mental and Physical Health, and to inspire individuals to challenge themselves.
·To Row 3,800 miles solo across the Atlantic Ocean from Portimao, Portugal to Cayenne, French Guiana.
·To break the world record, becoming the oldest solo male to do this crossing.
·Raise £70k to fund the campaign.
·Raise £100k for charity, to promote men’s mental health and Prostate
·To inspire others to challenge themselves.