Atlantic Allies

Ralph Tuijn

Ralph Tuijn

Skipper

Ralph is 45 years old, he is Dutch, has two young children and is a registered nurse. He is a professional adventurer who has cycled more than 100,000km around the world. He has 10 arctic expeditions to his name, climbed mountains in almost every continent, he is 1 of 5 rowers in the world to have rowed more than 500 days on the ocean and currently holds the world record we are aiming to break for a mainland to mainland crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.  Rowing 3,800 miles from Portugal to French Guiana in 48 days 4 hours and 30 minutes.

Duncan Roy

Duncan Roy

Duncan is a 27 year old serving soldier in the British Army. He is based in North Devon but is originally from North Yorkshire. He has always enjoyed pushing himself mentally and physically having completed various challenges from ultra distance marathons to endurance cycling events. Duncan suffered a knee injury while undertaking the All Arms Commando Course in 2015 and has since taken up rowing. His rowing has gone from strength to strength and now competes at a high standard of indoor rowing.

A colleague of Duncan’s completed the Talisker Whiskey Atlantic Challenge in 2016, winning the pairs category. From then on Duncan was captured by the adventure, when he then heard about Ralph’s Atlantic Ocean World Record Crossing Attempt and that Ralph was looking for another rower to complete the crew Duncan jumped at the chance. The perfect opportunity to push himself to the absolute limit and take his love of rowing to a whole new level.

Chris Shirley

Chris Shirley

Following a decade of global adventures in the British Army and Royal Marines, Chris joined an international media organisation (the BBC) within their High Risk Operations team.

Helping others on their production plans became a passion and with demand for his expertise sought by a variety of organisations, in 2016 he decided to become a freelance Hostile Environments consultant.

As a  keen adventurer and passionate advocate of social mobility through challenge; competing in many endurance events including the UK Ironman triathlon, Devizes to Westminster Canoe race, London Marathon and many others.

In 2016, he set the first world record for the fastest Marathon carrying a 100-lb backpack.

Neal Marsh

Neal Marsh

Neal is a 49 year old father of two. He has been running his own companies since he was 19 years old and now has a small portfolio of property. He originally trained as an electrical engineer and then moved into telecoms and security. He is a fault finder and problem solver by nature which will come in very handy for the Expedition!

A strong swimmer having competed at the UK Championships, he took up coastal rowing about 6 years ago and competed on the south coast (CARA) league. He now competes on the Concept2 Indoor Rowing machine and holds the world record for the longest continual row which stands at a staggering 83 hours!!!

So that’s Neal, lots of stories and by nature is as a person that deals with what’s in front of him. Plan for the worst but reach for the best!

Danny O'Brien

Danny O'Brien

Danny is 27 years old from Ireland and is a serving Soldier In the Irish Air Corps and is based Dublin Ireland.

He is a whitewater kayaker who has competed Internationally representing Ireland. With expeditions to remote parts of the world including, Nepal, Norway, Mexico, USA and most of Europe, from 100ft waterfalls to multi day remote jungle expeditions he is extremely comfortable in all water conditions. He has been consistently pushing himself since a young age from Ultra marathons to ocean swimming. He rowed competitively in scull and sweep rowing for several years and after seeing a friend complete the Talisker Whiskey Challenge has been intrigued.

After a long preparation to row the Atlantic west to east this year and a last minute cancellation due to unforeseen circumstances he was delighted to get onboard with Ralph, Duncan, Chris and Neal.