We rowed the Atlantic

“It was truly a beautiful story. I had tears in my eyes a number of times. Thank you for taking your time to not only live the story, but let it be lived by others.Very inspiring. You have encouraged me to be the person I was meant to be, and more.”

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telling our story

Exactly one month after successfully completing their 3,000 mile row, the team delivered an honest, powerful account of their journey entitled Atlantic Discovery Uncut to an audience at Swiss Re’s uber-impressive, state-of-the-art auditorium in their brand new headquarters in Zurich.

Cameron explained how a small act of kindness - such as being taught to row by a Urs Steiner on Lake Zurich - can lead to great things.

Cameron explained how a small act of kindness - such as being taught to row by a Urs Steiner on Lake Zurich - can lead to great things.

Compelling and insightful, the team conveyed a little of what they are feeling four weeks after a personal achievement that measures about 10 on the Richter magnitude scale.

The film shown, and the unscripted dialogue, covers how they developed into a high performing team, conflict management, the relentless routine they followed for 40 days, how they overcame adversity and setbacks, ways they motivated themselves and each other when they were at their lowest points, some of the highs and lows they faced, and how they are using their personal and team learnings to live life with meaning, impact and presence. The enthusiastic response from the audience was humbling.

Inspirational, real and meaningful content… It awakened the principle that all people have the ability to do great things.

Isaac explained the challenges of aligning team goals and making sure individual expectations are managed.

Isaac explained the challenges of aligning team goals and making sure individual expectations are managed.

Inspired to RAAAH!

When the rowers reach Antigua, it is customary - and probably largely involuntary - that they all light flares on their boat and RAAAH with all the pent up emotion of their achievement. It’s a primal cry of elation, of leaving the ocean and it’s challenges behind them, and facing their families and loved ones as changed people. An incredible, heartmoving sound.

The audience at Swiss Re was moved to RAAAH at the end of the presentation. It was a time-stopping moment.

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£28K - we’re nearly half way

Our goal remains to meet our fundraising target of £60K for Multiple Sclerosis charities, so we were hugely appreciative to the Swiss Re Foundation for their generous contribution to our fundraising drive.

It was simply VERY EMOTIONAL. Honestly. This is one of those important things in life that really matters. Beyond everything and anything. Impact is GREAT! Thank you for the inspiration. And, say hi to Rose ;-). My aunt is in the same situation, unfortunately.

Ben talks about how his mother inspired him to cross the Atlantic - despite never having been to sea before.

Ben talks about how his mother inspired him to cross the Atlantic - despite never having been to sea before.

“A fantastic presentation team and you were just glowing! Your energy, enthusiasm and most importantly your openness and authenticity came across so strongly. You were all inspiring! It would be great if either individually or as a team you were available for team events to share your stories - you have a very powerful message here and it’s so relevant for businesses right now!”

We are available

If you would like us to deliver Atlantic Discovery - Uncut to your business, university or school setting, please get in touch.

Reactions to our first event - based on a 55% response from attendees:

  • 88% ▲ positive state of mind

  • 66% ▲ resourcefulness and creativity

  • 78% ▲ determination and drive

  • 84% ▲ gratitude and appreciation

  • 69% said they are more likely to set themselves more challenging goals.

  • 81% said they are more likely to focus more and make better progress towards achieving their goals.

  • 59% said they are more likely to be decisive, commercially orientated and own the outcome.

  • 84% said they will be more likely to inspire others through their actions.

  • 75% said they are more likely to leverage the diversity and skills of their teams.

Thank you to all the Swiss Re delegates for your wonderful and helpful feedback!

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Watch this space @virtualstowaway  Penny Bird is a professional photographer and writer documenting Atlantic Discovery's incredible journey.