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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! 


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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”.

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Our Mission

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. 

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Western Australia to Mauritius

Rowing from the Western Australian Coastline to the island of Mauritius, the four person team will row in pairs 2 hours on 2 hours off in an attempt to break the record of 68 days. 


Raise $100k

Indi Row 23 are aiming to raise $100,000 dollars, representing the 100,000 Australians living with Parkinson's disease.  By donating $2 you can help reach this target, donate here



Indi Row 23 are currently looking at the potential opportunities for carrying out research on the row.  More information to come on this, watch this space!

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Chris Cleghorn

The Skipper


The Fireman

Ben Mann Sailor, Ocean Rower Indian Ocean row 23

The Sailor


Jack of All Trades

The Team

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.

Our Sponsors

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. 


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. 


Ben Elton

Chris Rowe

Don Blair
Douglas Fitch

Jacqui & Phil Dalton

Kay Phipps
Kwinana Rotary 
Linda Gorry

Lions Club of Leeuwin
Lord Digby Jones & Lady Pat 

Lyn & Malcolm Weir
Martin Abbott
Masonic Lodge (Blair)
Ocean Keys Baptist Church
Palm Beach Rotary Club

Peter Hall
Pete, Louise & Mattie Schmidt 
Tony Thatcher
West Perth Rotary


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.

Home: About


Adam Dodson
Adrian Hamill

Agnes Cleghorn
Alan Wishart
Allan & Merryl Gamble
Alyssa Watts

Anchorage Drive Physio

Andrew Strong
Anne & David Easton

Antonios Focas

Barb Murphy

Bev Cook

Bill Ritchie

Bob Mummery
Brad Chesson
Brett Allen
Brett Dowsing

Bruce Miethke

Camille Gribble

Carol Bartlett
Chad & Dianne Smith
Chantelle Wilkins

Charlie Noonan
Chris N McKenzie

Christina Jackson 

Christopher Buet

Damian & Sally Tabram

Damian Maric

Damon Fealy

Dane Boulton

Daniel Brown
Daron Holmes
David Lee
David McCoy
David Muttrie
David Blazey
David Shewan

David Wotherspoon
Deb Sestak
Diane Bayliss
​Dino Zavaroni
Doug Simpson
Duane Smith
Elana Melzak
Elisha Civil
Eric Kumar
Felice R
Flavia Di Pietro
Gail Poyner
Gary & Yvonne Duffield

Gavin Reeves
Gemma Bowie
Gregory B Cotten
Harry Hughes
Healthy Brain Mind & Soul
Heath Ronald

Heidi Branson
Helen Spiers
HMS Ganges Association
Ian Gawthrope
Ian Morris
Ian Salter
Ida Killigrew
Isabel Orchard
Jacky Mason
Jacqueline Sewhee
Janet Powell-Jones
Jayne Williams
Jean Stewart
Jim & Cathy Sharkey
Jim Challis
Jim Murphy
Joanne & John Greaves

Johan Ballot

John Burden

John Parkin
John Ramage
Joshua Shanks
Kate Gilder
Kelly Bell

Kevin Skipworth
Kylie Dixon
Laurie Anstey
Leslie Symonds
Lesley Waller
Lewis Hillman
Lindsey Hanson
Lorna Cook
Luke Charles Jones
Luke Dave

Mark Parsons
Matthias Conway
Melanie Hando
Michael & Erika Jackson

ichael McCourt
Michelle Beattie
Michelle Kiddie
Mike Deeks

Mitchell J Evans
Monica Wardman

Natalie Lareu
Naval Officers Club of WA

Noel Gothmann
Pamela McLennan
Papa Bear
Paul Middleton

Paul Paterson
Peter Aspinall
Peter Chilvers
Peter Cottam

Peter Cummings

Peter Dore
Peter Godfrey 
Petrina Smith

Phillip Skelton
Rachel Baker

Raydon Gates
Richard Dellar
RNA Rockingham
Robert Clark
Robert Gibson
Rob Mitchell & Steph McKenzie
Robert Mo
Rod Johnson
Ruth Strong 

Sally Parrett

Shonelle Royal

Simone Neutgens
Steve & Suzette Bailey
Steven Achilich
Steven Coull
Steve T
Stuart Gold
Sue Ryder

Sulev Koks
Sylvia Fell
Taufik Idru
Todd Anderson
Valerie Walker

Veronica McPhail
Vesna Lampalov Moretti

Vince Di Pietro
Wayne Tarr
Will Olsen
William Kennedy
Will Milner
William Park
Yvonne Huntly

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