The row is complete!
The crew set off at 5:30am AWST on Thursday 11 May from Geraldton, WA. At 12:37pm local time on Wednesday 19th July they made land in Mauritius! A total crossing time of 69 days, 11 hours and 7 minutes.
Huge congratulations to the crew! They are now only the 61st, 62nd, 63rd and 64th people to have successfully rowed the Indian Ocean unsupported!
Thank you for following their journey. We will publish more blog posts in the coming days.
A big thank you to all the sponsors and individuals who have generously donated your time & money to make this possible! It's not too late to donate. Please use the donate button so we can raise as much money as we can for Parkinson's Disease Research!
INDI ROW 2023
IN SUPPORT OF THE BRAIN WAVES FOUNDATION
The team at IOR23 are delighted to welcome the support of British comedian, actor, author, playwright, lyricist and director, Ben Elton. Ben, who divides his time between Western Australia and the UK, has family members who live with Parkinson’s Disease. “I am very aware of how debilitating the disease can be, and that there are some remarkable people researching for a cure. However, this cannot be achieved without fundraising and grants. Whilst some take the challenge of walking, running or cycling to raise funds; to row, unsupported, across the Indian Ocean is a truly courageous venture. I wish Chris and his team fair winds and following seas”.
To reach as many people as possible to raise awareness and money for Parkinson's Disease during our attempt to row unsupported across the Indian Ocean from Western Australia to Mauritius.
Jack of All Trades
Chris, a former Royal Marine Commando, spent most of his career in the Royal Marines in small boat operations globally.
Chris has previously rowed across the Atlantic Ocean with his Brother in 2011 after finding out a close relative had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The crossing took them 64 days to complete.
He works in Submarine Rescue for the Australian Navy, often spending weeks at a time at sea. Chris maintains his fitness by rowing, playing rugby, diving and going to the gym.
Allan Huntly is a 55 year old retired Firefighter from Stirling Scotland. Married with two daughters and now works in his trade as a plumbing and heating engineer. Allan rowed with Team Tyne Innovation across the Atlantic with a record breaking time in the 2018/19 race .
He is a life long motorcyclist riding road and enduro having ridden round Australia and a keen hang glider and microlight pilot.
Allan is looking forward to being part of the Indi Row 23 team .
Ben is a Rope access technician and carpenter by trade, skills that will come in handy on the row!
He started sailing in 2015 and hasn't looked back, racing in 6 Sydney to Hobart’s, a Sydney to Noumea and an Antigua race week to name a few of his offshore adventures. Ben maintains his fitness and is turbo excited about doing the row! Ben is keen to support the cause and raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease.
Steve is a 58 year old ex Merchant Seaman who last travelled the Indian Ocean in the mid 80’s on board QE2. A further 21 years in the Fire Service allowed him to develop a strong teamwork ethic.
He is giving up his current role as an aircraft refueller at London Stansted, to fulfil his ambition of rowing across an ocean . Steve feels very humbled to join the team for such a worthy cause and excited at the prospect of spending time at sea under the Red Duster after so many years away.
He maintains his fitness with a range of bodyweight and kettlebell exercises, which he squeezes between his busy shift working life.
Become a Sponsor
The journey to get to the start line can be as difficult as the actual row itself and poses just as many challenges. The work that goes into the logistics and funding of the challenge is often the biggest obstacle to overcome and would simply not be possible without the help and support of sponsors.
Do you, or someone you know, own a business looking for a unique sponsorship opportunity with the benefits of advertising on an international platform? We have a range of customisable sponsor packages to suit all budgets. Download our Sponsor Pack below for more information.
THE 500 CLUB
We are inviting local and small businesses to become part of the 500 club by donating $500 to help us get to the start. You get: your company logo on the outside of the boat, mention on our social media channels and your company name and hyperlink on our website. All donations contribute to the charity and the challenge. To become part of the 500 Club when donating (Through the Donate button) mark your donation as 500CLUB and include your company name. We will be in touch to arrange for your logo / branding on the boat and website.
THE 500 CLUB SPONSORS SO FAR
Jacqui & Phil Dalton
Lions Club of Leeuwin
Lord Digby Jones & Lady Pat
Lyn & Malcolm Weir
Masonic Lodge (Blair)
Ocean Keys Baptist Church
Palm Beach Rotary Club
Pete, Louise & Mattie Schmidt
West Perth Rotary
THE 100 CLUB
By donating $100 to the row you will contribute to the costs of the challenge and to the charity.
Member benefits include: your name on our boat, your name on our website (if you want it on there) and we will ask all 100 club members to write us a letter / postcard / story / draw us a picture (whatever you want to do) which we will open on the boat and share on social media. Simply write 100CLUB when you donate (Through the Donate button), we will contact you from there with further information.
THE 100 CLUB SPONSORS SO FAR
Allan & Merryl Gamble
Anchorage Drive Physio
Anne & David Easton
Chad & Dianne Smith
Chris N McKenzie
Damian & Sally Tabram
Flavia Di Pietro
Gary & Yvonne Duffield
Gregory B Cotten
Healthy Brain Mind & Soul
HMS Ganges Association
Jim & Cathy Sharkey
Joanne & John Greaves
Luke Charles Jones
Michael & Erika Jackson
Mitchell J Evans
Naval Officers Club of WA
Rob Mitchell & Steph McKenzie
Steve & Suzette Bailey
Vesna Lampalov Moretti
Vince Di Pietro