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The event is being supported and publicised by the Ocean Rowing Society
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Sir Richard Branson

“This is one of the most extreme and exciting challenges I have ever come across, rowing around the UK non-stop and un-aided any way and in a competitive race. Definitely the hardest rowing race in the world. How exciting!”

Richard Branson

Dee Caffari

“I've experienced some pretty tough sailing conditions on my adventures around the globe, but this endurance rowing race is ultra challenging. Rowing around the UK coastline is difficult enough, but non-stop and unaided in anyway reminds me of the challenges I faced on the Vendee Globe race last year .......I wish all participants in GBRow 2010 every success - they'll need excellent preparation, good support from family and friends throughout and some luck with the weather! This is an extreme test of mental and physical ability, with raw strength to row 2010 miles and tactical guile to make the best of the winds and tides they will undoubtedly encounter. Fantastic, I hope to watch as much of the event as possible during June 2010.”

Dee Caffari MBE

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Ranulph Fiennes

“The circumnavigation of UK coastal waters, non-stop in a 4 man ocean going rowing boat is an epic adventure that will only be completed by a few intrepid oarsmen. They will need to be strong and determined individuals, yet outstanding as a team - and be able to work the weather and tides to their advantage. I wish the Anglo American Boat Race (called GB Row 2010 this year) every success - it truly is the ultimate endurance challenge and an event I shall be tracking closely as it develops throughout June. Good luck to all who take part.”

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Bear Grylls

Bear gained a Guinness Book of Records entry as the youngest person to climb Everest and has also completed many other ground breaking expeditions such as leading a team across the freezing North Atlantic Arctic Ocean in a small open rigid inflatable boat. He has also published best selling books and is well known through his TV appearances. We are delighted to have his support for the Anglo American Boat Race.

The Entrepreneurs Business Academy

The EBA have provided substantial administrative support for GB Row 2010 through EBA staff member William de Laszlo, leader of the 2005 record setting rowers. The Entrepreneurs' Business Academy is a unique and highly practical one stop resource for business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs, providing a range of courses , events and materials that give step-by-step guidance for entrepreneurs on their business journey.


xCell Oars and Sculls

Xcell is dedicated to the sport of rowing and believe their products give the ultimate tool for transferring your power into motion. Their Design and Build Teams are constantly scrutinising designs, structures, the latest materials, aero and hydrodynamics to ensure that Xcell remains at the forefront of technology.

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