There are more than 10 times the amount of astronauts that have made the Journey into space than there are Ocean Rowers who have successfully crossed the Indian Ocean. The challenge is not an easy one…………
In June 2017, the crew of 4 British rowers who make up team Indian Ocean Row 17 will leave the shores of Western Australia to try and add their names to this elite list of particular adventurers. We will be following a route that will see us cover approximately 3,600 miles over a period of anything between 65 and 85 days, and we will be completely unsupported as we do so.
By the time we make land in Mauritius, we will have each spent in the region of 900 hours at the oars. Our shift pattern will be 2 hours rowing, two hours resting, all day, every day, which will mean that for the entire time we are at sea, we will never have more than 90 minutes sleep at any one time. Our hands will be covered in callouses , and our backsides with saltwater sores. Any breakages we sustain will have to be repaired by whatever we have on board with us. And that goes for our bodies as well as the equipment. We will go through drastic weight loss, exhaustion, sleep deprivation, and have to contend with whatever the Ocean throws at us. We will go through pain and be days away from rescue if it all goes wrong.
We will see the most amazing sunrises and sunsets, help raise money for charity and be part of research that may help the lives of those living with Parkinson’s disease, be completely disconnected from the pressure and stress of modern life and all that comes with it. We will do something that so few have ever had the opportunity to do, see marine life that most will only ever see on a screen. We will work, support and rely on each other in a way that you rarely experience in this day and age. We will share good times and bad, laughter and tears, and we will never forget the moment that we stepped onto land again after crossing the Indian Ocean by muscle and willpower alone.
We hope that you will follow us on our journey, a journey that begins with simply getting to the start line, that you will be part of this challenge and share the highs and the lows. We also hope to raise awareness of the struggle and difficulties that people living with Parkinson’s disease face on a day to day basis that make the problems that we face pale into insignificance, and to help us raise money to help them.
Get on board.
The Indian Ocean Row 2017 YouTube Channel
Following the crew of Indian Ocean 2017 as they prepare to row 3,600 miles across the Indian Ocean, from Australia to Mauritius.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes O.B.E.
(Photo Credit: John Cleare)
“Billy Taylor epitomises the modern day adventurer. Not content with inspiring thousands during his record breaking Pacific Ocean Row in the inaugural Great Pacific Race, he has turned his attention to breaking the world speed record for rowing across the Indian Ocean, and in doing so, raising awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s disease. With less than 50 people in the world having successfully rowed the Indian Ocean, Billy and the Indian Ocean Row 217 crew will be joining an elite list of adventurers, and I am delighted to support Indian Ocean Row 2017 in their landmark crossing”.
30th to row the Atlantic E-W solo – 68 days
1st pair to row the North Pacific – Japan to San Francisco – 189 days
Co-founder of the Association of Ocean Rowers
Founder of New Ocean Wave and the Great Pacific Race
Ocean Rowing Society Co-ordinator.
“As part of the four man Team ‘Battleborn’ in the Great Pacific Race, Billy and Barry have already inspired thousands who followed their progress through their upbeat blog posts. I know that in the months and years that have followed their successful completion of the World’s ultimate endurance challenge, they have continued to inspire others, not only through their charitable work, but also in their humorous retelling of their encounters with the mighty Pacific Ocean. They have continually shown good humour, determination and camaraderie which has, and continues to, excite and interest their followers and supporters from around the world. It was an honour to be part of their journey as their crew set not one, but two new Guinness World Records in the Great Pacific Race. I have no doubt that their unique brand of storytelling will engage audiences all over the world as they take us with them on their challenge to break the world speed record for crossing the Indian Ocean”.