Row for the Ocean

by Row for the Ocean in Exeter, Devon, England

Rowing 3,000 miles across the Atlantic helping create a #PlasticFreeGeneration & raising money for Surfers Against Sewage

by Row for the Ocean in Exeter, Devon, England


raised of £10,000 target


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This project will only be funded if at least £10,000 is pledged by June 17th 2018 at 8:00pm




We are Row For The Ocean - founded by Ros, Kirsty, Laura and Kate - brought together by a passion for adventure and rowing. 

In December 2018, we are rowing 3,000 miles across Atlantic ocean, unsupported, in order to raise awareness of the ocean plastics crisis, raise money for Surfers Against Sewage and build upon our local project, Plastic Free Exeter.

More people have been into space and climbed Everest than have rowed across the Atlantic!

Our purpose is to raise £60,000 for Surfers Against Sewage for their Ocean Schools programme. 

The programme works to inspire and engage young people against plastic pollution, providing them with the education and opportunities to become innovators of the future and stewards of the environment.


As part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge, we'll be one of thirty boats attempting to cross the Atlantic in December 2018.  We aim to be the fastest women. With no sail or motor, it’ll be up to us to get across safely and quickly. Here’s what we’ll face...

SLEEP DEPRIVATION AND EXHAUSTION: Rowing 24/7, non-stop, in a 2 hours on, 2 hours off shift patterns for 3,000 miles. We will also be rowing in the night, through the darkness. 

ISOLATION: There’s no outside help. We take everything we need on board the boat for the full crossing.
In an emergency situation, a rescue can be days away. 

EXTREME WEATHER CONDITIONS:  We will experience 30-40 ft waves, storms and an extreme range of temperatures. 

VULNERABILITY: Whales and sharks, and rowing through shipping lanes for vessels 30x the size of our rowing boat.  

HEALTH ISSUES: Salt sores, blisters, infections, muscle damage and depletion and sunstoke are just a few of things we will suffer from.

NUTRITION: All food is freeze dried and our water is pumped from the sea. Keeping nutrition levels high and our bodies fully hydrated will be a challenge in itself.

THE BOAT AND EQUIPMENT: Any boat damage is dealt with by us - at sea - in the aforementioned 30-40ft waves! 


The specialist boat, on-board equipment, on-shore support and insurance all cost money and without these, our challenge isn't possible.

The good news is that a lot of the costs incurred on the boat and equipment will be recouped upon re-sale, and all proceeds will go to Surfers Against Sewage. We hope to exceed our £60,000  target in order to make a real difference in the fight against ocean plastics.

Since starting the campaign in August 2017, we have achieved 70% of our target - so this is the final push we need to get us fully funded!

Whilst we have the boat and are training hard, there is still vital safety equipment we need in order to attempt the crossing - this is where you come in!



Aside from supporting this important cause, we are offering incentives (just click on the links to the right!) - which includes having your name on our boat.
For £250, it allows us to take you across the Atlantic with us.

We also have range of other rewards branded by Row for the Ocean and Plastic Free Exeter, plus reusable bottles from one of our supporting partners, Klean Kanteen.


It’s estimated that 50% of plastic is used only once and then thrown away. This ‘single-use’ plastic is what we want to target.

The more we delve into the subject of Plastic pollution, the more shocking it gets, with new stats, images, and videos emerging daily; you may remember the images shown by David Attenborough and Blue Planet II?
By taking on the Atlantic row, we have a unique platform to inspire action for the cause, as well as provide vital funding for Surfers Against Sewage. 

Along with a group of dedicated volunteers we aim to make Exeter one of the first plastic-free cities in the UK by 2020 as our legacy to the Row for the Ocean project. On a national level, we hope tthat this will inspire other cities to join the Plastic Free movement.

If you want to know more about the SAS Ocean Schools programme that will receive our direct funding, visit :



If you want to find out more about the project you can contact us via:

Facebook: Row For The Ocean
Instagram: @rowfortheocean
Twitter: @rowfortheocean
You Tube: Row For The Ocean

Tel: 07827666950

If you are a business and want to be involved in our project with branding on the boat and on our kit, please visit our Parternship packages here


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

RFTO Window Swing Tag

Tired of the plastic window stickers? This is the future! Hang in any window or in your car to show your support. Developed by our Partner Ashley House Printing!

£10 or more

RFTO Tote Bag

Go Plastic Free shopping with our branded RFTO tote bag! Working partnership with Sew for the Ocean run by our Partner Hantex.

£25 or more

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Kid Klean Kanteen Water Bottle

The Kid Classic Insulated 12oz water bottle was designed for kids who love hot chocolate or cold juice. Small form is easy for little hands to hold and works great for adults looking to throw a bottle in a purse or backpack. Climate Lock™ double-wall vacuum insulation keeps drinks hot for 12 hours and iced for 40 hours! Producing the safest most environmentally friendly products we possibly can is our top priority.

£25 or more

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Klean Kanteen (473ml) Coffee Cup

The Insulated Tumbler 16oz easily transitions from morning coffee to afternoon smoothie to nighttime beer, keeping drinks hot for 4 hours and iced for 20 hours!

£30 or more

RFTO Supporters T-Shirt

Be the ultimate supporter with our branded Supporters T!

£30 or more

Plastic Free Exeter T-Shirt

Show your support for the Plastic Free Exeter movement.

£35 or more

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Klean Kanteen 946ml Water Bottle

The Insulated Classic 32oz is based on our classic stainless steel water bottle combined with Climate Lock™ double-wall vacuum insulation, keeping drinks hot for 24 hours and iced for 90 hours!

£50 or more

Ultimate RFTO Supporters Package

Get the whole selection of RFTO branded items- swing tag, tote bag and t-shirt and be the ultimate supporter!

£100 or more

Name on the Oars

Get your name on the very things that will power us across the Atlantic! Be part of the team and join the adventure...

£250 or more

Name on the Boat

Get your name on our boat and be part of our 3,000 mile crossing. Be part of the team that makes a difference in the Plastic Free fight. You’ll also get a branded RFTO Supporters t-shirt.

£500 or more

Business Logo on the Boat

Are you a small business that wants to be involved in the Plastic Free movement? Get your logo on our boat and let the nation see your involvement.

£1,000 or more

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Race Oars + Post-Row Event Tickets

Get one of the oars we'll be using across the Atlantic! Have it signed by us and dispay it proudly on your wall. We'll present it to you at our post-row events with two tickets included.

Lets make 'Row for the Ocean' happen