In the last 12 months we have worked with over 3,000 people in schools, businesses and networking groups with our keynote talks and/or workshops.
Our core belief is that there are only ‘ordinary’ people on the planet and it is ordinary people that do extra-ordinary things – this could be recovering from serious illness, getting back into work from unemployment or starting your own business. It could be in personal lives, relationships – or it could be winning Gold medals at the Olympics or rowing across oceans.
Ocean rowing boat:
An extension of our keynote talks and workshops will now be on the practical side as we have finally got our ocean rowing boat in the water! After 12 months or more of rebuild work from her original purpose of rowing across the Atlantic Ocean with double Olympic Champion James Cracknell and TV presenter Ben Fogle.
Remember, it might look idyllic on Rutland Water but this boat was designed to cross 3,000 miles of the Atlantic Ocean and that is exactly what she did in 49 days 19 hours and 8 minutes from December 2005 into 2006. All that time aboard a 7 metre boat largely rowing 2 hours on and 2 hours off, try and imagine that……..or better still come and Experience it!
We will be launching our corporate and education ‘Atlantic Experience’ practical courses in the Spring with additional options on bushcraft, survival, orienteering and other activities.
These will be tailored according to need:
Leadership and team development sessions and/or reward sessions for sales teams, management teams, staff etc.
For schools we will offer these as challenging outdoor activities for students and also for activities to run with disengaged students plus also for staff.
For other training and coaching partners we will offer bespoke packages to help build CVs with unique Experiences that translate directly into the workplace with transferable skills.
For would be adventurers who want to get out of their comfort zone and try something unique – without the potentially massive cost in money and time of going on an expedition.
Please email us to register your interest: firstname.lastname@example.org
Insights into the sessions include from Daniel Lewis, owner of LWS Group:
‘For you, watching your boat float gracefully off of the trailer into the water, after months of work, preparation and tears (of joy and despair) must have been immensely rewarding. After having been involved at the ‘refurbishment stage’, even though in such a small way, even I felt proud for you.
For me the whole day was ‘epic’ as my daughter would say. An early start to prep the boat and trailer. The drive to Rutland with other crew lads discussing our rowing experience (or lack of) and the shared anticipation of the day ahead. Meeting some Kiwi fella (Grant Rawlinson – Legend) who was to be our final crew lad and wondering how he managed to climb Everest with those short legs !! Putting the boat into the water and suddenly thinking ‘goodness, will five of us fit on there’ !! Then thinking ‘Crikey, how would four of us cope on there for 40 days across the Atlantic’ !!!!! Taking my first pull of the oar (I hope that’s technically the right terminology) was a feeling of pure elation, being immediately in the Zone, with my team mate / crew lad working together to make Lisa Too glide through the water. I just wanted to carry on, out of the harbour and onwards !!’
Even though I had only just met my three crew mates, the experience brought us closer together and as soon as we arrived at Rutland we were working as a team in an environment completely new to all of us. I thoroughly recommend the ‘Atlantic Experience’ and can’t wait to get back on the water !!’
A second insight from Everest conquering crew member, Grant Rawlinson follows:
‘It was a great day and thank you again for the privilege and for all you and the teams hard work getting the boat ready and delivered while I just turned up!
Seeing your passion for the rebuild is so inspiring in itself. After hearing the high’s and low’s of your ocean rowing experiences, many of which would have put most people off, it is very obvious how much the sport is entwined with who you are. It gives you direction, heartache and unrivalled happiness, all elements of a rich and memorable life.
I wish you all the success with Lisa Too, may she continue to carry you far from the safety of shore, both in body and in mind, on endless adventure, inspiring all who row with her that we have more in us than we ever dreamed, and then return us safely to our loved ones.’
A third insight here too:
I really enjoyed Sunday, From turning up on a cold morning (-2c I believe). Getting the final few bits ready on the boat, the journey up to Rutland with new team mates, meeting additional team mates up at Rutland.
The peaceful moment Lisa Too floated off the trailer, she was back where she belonged! She looked graceful and elegant! Seeing Ian’s face and how happy he looked was fantastic – we could all see how much this meant to him!
Out on the water we really discovered how important team work was, how to react to others and how to get the best out of the boat – of course the answer is team work! Bearing in mind we had only known each other for a few hours we really pulled together well – with a bit of encouragement from Ian.
Overall a fantastic day and I really look forward to more adventures with Atlantic Experience
We have some test runs to do and a little bit of fine fettling and then we will commence our first courses for businesses, schools, individuals, adventurers and would be ocean rowers – it will be an Experience!
Below, the boat from 10 years ago as she set out across the Atlantic:
These are from when we first ever laid eyes on her – it was going to be a mission:
She then went through this stage:
….and all this ended up at this point……re-named in honour of Ian Rowe’s wife:
A big thank you to sponsors and supporters, LWS Group, Swift Racing, AES Construction and KPI People for their help and support getting us onto the water.
Lastly a big thank you to Lucy and Anglian Water for sorting out access to Rutland Water at the 11th hour – great to start working with them and a big relief to get out.