Dubbed as ‘The Worlds Toughest Row’, In December 2022, Mike Bates will begin a solo row across the Atlantic Ocean!
Incredibly, more people have reached the summit of Everest or travelled into space than have successfully rowed an Ocean. This shows what an incredible feat Mike is embarking upon.
The annual race begins in early December, with up to 30 teams participating from around the world. This premier event in ocean rowing, the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge, will take the former marine more than 3000 Miles west from the Canary Islands to Nelson’s Dockyard in Antigua.
Mike, who has dubbed his fundraising challenge ‘The Atlantic Grappler’, is aiming to raise £100,000 to benefit the hospital unit which saved his son’s life 10 years ago. Born prematurely, Mike’s son Gabriel contracted meningitis and was cared for by staff on the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at Leeds Children’s Hospital during his first few months.
In the two years since Mike started fundraising, the Atlantic Grappler has received support from hundreds of donors. As an ex-Marine, Mike has even gained the attention of actor Tom Hardy, who is an ambassador for REORG Charity which supports serving and ex-military personnel.