We are aiming to follow the Olympic journey from London to Rio de Janeiro using human power alone with a combination of rowing and cycling.
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We have created a challenge that will coincide with the Olympic venue making its crossing from London over the Atlantic Ocean to Rio de Janeiro. The challenge aims to continue the legacy of the Olympics by following that journey using human power alone. The route itself has never before been completed meaning the Row2Rio team will be the pioneers. With full backing from the Ocean Rowing Society and support from ocean rowing experts, we have plotted a route which will allow us to complete the journey using only an ocean rowing boat, bicycles, and the four team members willpower. We invite you to follow and support us over the coming months leading up to the departure and beyond while we are attempting to complete the challenge. Leading up to the event we will be fully immersed in the training, fundraising, charity work and raising awareness for our challenge. Whilst out on the journey we will be issuing regular updates via satellite phone to our media feeds.
Meet the team who built the dream
The route takes place over 5 stages and nearly 7,000 miles.
Phase 1: London to France to Gibraltar
Kayaking and Cycling 1500 Miles 21 Days Travel Time
Phase 2: Gibraltar to Cape Verde
Rowing 1500 Nautical Miles Approximately 1 month
Phase 3: Cape Verde to Belem
Rowing 1600 Nautical Miles Approximately 2 months
Phase 4: Belem to Salvador
Cycling 1400 miles Approximately 1 month
Phase 5: Salvador to Rio
Rowing Approximately 2 weeks
Below is the breakdown of what we are looking for from Crowdfunder. The neccessity for a boat is our top priority, and a full quote of equipment for an Ocean Rowing Boat is below.
We have attained a quote of £30,000 to cover the following:
Once we have the funds for the boat this will enable to us give a huge push towards the costs of the rest of the trip. A summary breakdown of the further costs are below:
- 1 x R45 Charter Spec Ocean Rowing Boat
- 3 x sets of carbon oars
- Navigation light - Necessary for the night rowing
- 2 x 12v accessory sockets - To keep us connected
- 1 x Watermaker - To give us extra fresh water when required
- Raymarine class C DSC VHF radio - For emergency contact
- Raymarine charplotter - To help us navigate
- Raymarine autopilot - To enable us to row without constantlt changing our course
- Power Source system
- 2 x 96ah deep cycle gel battery - To keep us charged!
- 180w flexible solar panels - Unfortunately we can't use mains power!
- 1 x road trailer
We are looking for the sponsors to work closely with our team and experience this one off challenge first hand. You will be provided with an excellent opportunity to raise the profile and brand perception on a national and international stage. Our aim is to capture global imagination and attention with this challenge. We plan to arrive in Rio in time for the opening ceremony of the 2016 Olympics, hoping this will provide the ideal stage to promote your brand on an international scale with wide spread media coverage throughout the challenge.
The team will be available for profile/sponsorship events, providing talks, Q and A sessions and promotional events. We are heavily involved with social media promotion at present and of course linking everything with partners via our social media sites and online media. When doing events for the row, time will be dedicated to bring to the audiences mind to this world first event, promoting our charities, the work they do now and in the future and our partners. We are currently signed up to participate in events at schools and run events to promote the message using our row as the catalyst.
During the row we will have satellite phones to use on coordinated days doing interviews which can be linked to partners websites and our own which we have already set up www.row2rio2016.co.uk
Once the team have arrived in Rio, we plan to see what the charity work has achieved there and also still promote our partners during our stay over the Olympic event. We also endeavour to have many events upon our return to the UK to continue with the fundraising campaign and talk about our experience.
We plan to depart London in November 2015, so this now only gives us 10 months to raise all of the funds required. So any help in doing this will be greatly appreciated, and of course rewarded through us making it a truly remarkable achievement that will capture the minds of everyone who will see it.
Whilst carrying out the challenge, the team wish to raise as much money as possible for Macmillan. Each team member has been affected in some way by cancer so we feel very strongly about the work that Macmillan do. Raising this money will keep the team even more motivated to achieve their goal.
Partners Helping to Make This Challenge Possible
"We have been working with the team since from very early on, and the momentum seems to keep picking up."
"Having worked and trained with the guys from R2R before the team were excited to be involved with such a huge challenge! Only too pleased to show our support."
"I have worked with some of the team before, and knew that it was going to be an exciting project to be a part of"
"It's been a pleasure so far helping the team build up their website, and we look forward to seeing the success as they continue."
Timeline of Key Events from Row2Rio Creation
April 2012 - Johnny Keevill competed in the DW Kayak Race concept of Row2Rio was born
- Dried food for the duration of the journey £20,000
- Satellite phone costs £4,000
- Shipping of the boat and the bikes £15,000
- Cycling Equipment £10,000
- Transportation for the return £2500
- Initial enquiries into potential team mates
- Begin research into ocean rowing
- Jake Heath joins Row2Rio
- Meet Chris Martin - Ocean rower and Pioneer of the Pacific Rowing Race
- Olympic rower Debbie Flood gives Johnny his first rowing experience at Leander rowing club.
- Working with GMBO the website is born
- Twitter account born and first Twitter follower
- R2R compete in the Great South Run
- Initial discussions with Independent Leaders to come aboard as sponsors.
- Tom Clark joins in training advisory role
- R2R compete in ‘Brutal 10’ Run
- Tom Clark joins as a rower
- Independent Leaders agree to working together
- R2R compete in the Surrey half marathon
- Contact made with Rannoch to discuss ocean rowing boat options
- Facebook account born
- R2R compete in the Devizes to Westminster kayak marathon
- R2R compete in the ‘Brutal 10’ Bordon Run
- Steff McQueen joins the Row2Rio team as project coordinator
- Facebook page is launched
- Compete in 60 mile bike ride
- Training schedule completed
- Meet with Chris Martin to discuss boat and sponsorship options
- R2R compete in Kingston Breakfast 24 mile run
- R2R compete in the Dublin Marathon
- First article published in Adventure Travel Magazine
- 4th Rower search begins
- R2R travel to Brazil to investigate opportunities
- Meeting with Langstone Adventure Rowing club
- Website updates
- Wordpress blog site created
- The proper rowing training begins!
- Team weekend to discuss strategy moving forward
- Attend London Boat Show for sponsors and contacts
- Meeting with Stokey Woodall to discuss options for route
- Attend Adventure Travel Show for sponsors and contacts
- Discussions with contacts in Brazil for cycle routes
- First blogs created
- Attend London Bike Show for sponsors and contacts
- Discussion around the first leg of the cycle route and refinement of route
- Discussions around sponsorship from sections of our cycle route
- Instagram R2R is born
- Developments for cycle routes
- Website updates
- Crowdfunder creation
- 4th rower interviews
- Interviews with various publications
- R2R Pub quiz
- Meetings with Stokey Woodall and Roz Savage
- Meeting with Independent Leaders to discuss ongoing work
- Ride 100