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The Atlantic Mavericks take on ‘the world’s toughest row’ to support Myeloma UK

An Ex-Forces team are planning to take on the exciting challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to help raise funds for Myeloma UK.

Fundraising news // 31st October 2019

An Ex-Forces team are planning to take on the exciting challenge of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to help raise funds for Myeloma UK.

The Atlantic Challenge, considered to be ‘the world’s toughest row’ sees teams row from San Sebastian, La Gomera into Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Antigua & Barbuda and will begin in early December 2019. Taking part in the challenge was the idea of Ian Davies, Ex Warrant Officer Class 1 in the REME who will be joined by three ex-Army friends, Roy Dixon – Lt Colonel (Retired) RADC, Richard “Tiny” Baker – and Ian Duncan – Ex Lt Colonel, REME and are collectively known as ‘The Atlantic Mavericks’.

Ian Davies, a 59-year-old former serviceman from Shropshire has always been one for challenges for charity. In 2009 he drove a one-litre car to Mongolia and in 2013 he swam the Solent. Then just one week after swimming the English Channel in 2014 he was diagnosed with myeloma.

Speaking about his treatment and the forthcoming challenge Ian said, “I received 18 months of treatment and had a transplant on my 55th birthday. Fortunately, I am now in remission. At the end of 2015 I wanted to prove to myself that I was still capable of keeping fit and raising funds for people less fortunate than myself.

I decided a long-term challenge was the way forward to raise significant monies for some great charities. So how about rowing the Atlantic?! More people have been into space, or climbed Everest than have rowed the Atlantic, it is a huge challenge. Rowing the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic in 45 days will test the limit of our physical and mental strength but we can achieve something unthinkable and truly remarkable. It takes a certain kind of person to keep going when faced with blisters, salt rash, sharks and sleep deprivation. But we all know we are doing it for such a worthwhile cause.

We will be rowing as a team of four and are currently training hard as we can to build up our fitness and improve our rowing skills. We aim to raise sponsorship to compete in the challenge and support our charities. Most importantly, we want to and inspire other people who have an illness and remind them that they can still achieve great things. We want to support Myeloma UK in their great work combating this rare and incurable blood cancer.”
To find out more about The Atlantic Challenge or to sponsor Ian and his team, go to