Alone at sea for 90 days Daryl Farmer will be raising money for East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS), rowing over 3000 miles solo from La Gomera to Antigua starting on Wednesday 14th December 2016. He will be one of 12 boats undertaking the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and he will be one of only four soloists!


With no engine and no sails Daryl will have to row every inch of the journey in his Pure Class traditional style ocean rowing boat, expecting to undertake approximately 1.5 million oar strokes to complete the journey.

The journey will test his durability, seeing him row for up to 18 hours a day!


“More people have been into space and successfully climbed Everest than rowed across the Atlantic” said Daryl Farmer, “I’ll be encountering waves up to 50ft high and need to carry everything I need in my boat with me for the entire journey, like all my food which include almost 10kg of nuts alone, 1-2 chocolate bars a day, mini cheddars, liquorice, sesame bars and paste and many other meal packs of dehydrated food. I will need to eat 5000 calories a day whilst rowing ”


Daryl’s boat “Bojangles” has a built in desalinator to produce drinking water and the communication and navigational equipment is powered by solar panels which produce 260watts of electric.


Trevor Weeks MBE founder of East Sussex WRAS said “I take my hat off to Daryl, I think this is the riskiest, furthest and most challenging and demanding fundraising anyone has ever done to help support our charity. This makes me feel so humble and privileged to have been chosen  when there are so many other causes out there. The wildlife of Sussex will certainly be grateful for his mammoth challenge which we hope will see WRAS able to replace one of its aging ambulances.


Before setting off Daryl said “This challenge is the world’s most toughest rows, and I’m just one of four boats doing it solo. I’ve volunteers with WRAS for a couple of years now and I am blown away by how such a small organisation has such a big impact on protecting nature and returning at risk wildlife back to the wild. The staff and volunteers work so hard and tirelessly, and I think this will be mirrored by my row.”


Anyone wanting to sponsor Daryl can do so via his just giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/atlanticsolo2016


Anyone wanting to follow Daryl and race progress can do so at https://www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com/race-tracker/



To see a promotional video of Daryl’s Row: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmi0c_2JgbA&app=desktop


To see a video of a couple of Daryls Rescues with WRAS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIeh_ndah2M



Press Contacts:

Daryl’s wife Sabine who is out in La Gomera with Daryl at the moment can be contacted on +447900566741.

Trevor Weeks MBE can be contacted on 01825-873003 or 07931523958.




Trevor Weeks MBE

Founder & Operations Director


East Sussex Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS)

Reg Charity 1108880


Office: 01825-873003

24Hr Rescue Line: 07815-078234

Trevor’s Private Mobile: 07931-523958



Unit 8 The Shaw Barn, Whitesmith, East Sussex, BN8 6JD.