Rowing the Atlantic has enthralled me for many years. I failed in my attempt in 2004 and, with my 50th birthday behind me and one broken hip to my name, it’s time to try again before it’s too late.
I’m excited, and a little scared, but the thought of not doing it is much, much worse.
Having battled depression on and off during my adult life, Mind and Combat Stress are two charities for whom I feel a great affinity. Mental health is a hugely under resourced and under discussed issue in the UK, and hopefully this challenge will help make a difference.
Away from ocean rowing, I’m a copywriter and run a small sound and light company. As Rob Coleman, I’m a semi-professional stand up comedian and comedy promoter and perform all over the country.
I’ve always loved being on or near the water and hope I’ll be saying the same after weeks on end of seeing nothing but the deep blue!
I was used to being cold, wet, tired and hungry when in the Army, but I’m expecting this challenge to be on a new scale.
The sleep deprivation, leaving loved ones behind, the fear of what lies ahead and more to the point what lies beneath, all add up to what I know will be the hardest mental challenge I’ve ever faced.