Team Hallin

Boat number: 3

Retired from GBRow 2013 at Land’s End due to steering failure on Jun 6.

Boat Name: Hallin Marine 2.

24-foot long ocean-going rowing boat with two cabins. Crew of four.

TEAM CHARITY: Combat Stress.

SKIPPER: David Hosking MBE
Age: 58.

From: Wimbledon, South London. Is rowing coach at Charterhouse School and a member of Walton-on-Thames rowing club.

Profile: David is a former Royal Navy Commander. He served in the Falklands, where his ship, HMS Glamorgan, was hit by an Exocet missile. He became a mine countermeasures diver and lived with danger throughout his naval career, working on minehunters, including commanding HMS Sandown.

He has rowed and sculled the Atlantic and is the father of London Olympics gold medal rower, Sophie Hosking. Sophie and Kat Copeland won gold in the ladies lightweight doubles.

Married to Louise, father-of-three David also rowed for Britain and won gold in the 1980 World Championships in the men’s lightweight eight.

Height: 5ft 10ins Weight: 79kg

Neil Ward

Age: 41

From: Now lives in Les Contamines in the French Alps. Originally from Milford Haven, Pembrokeshire, south Wales.

Profile: Married to Louise and have a six-month-old daughter, Elsa. Neil works offshore on oilrig construction vessels. He has rowed the Atlantic before with David Hosking and leapt at the chance to row around GB.

Height: 1.72metres Weight: 78kg



Julian Bellido

Age: 29

From: Gibraltar. Julian was born and bred in Gibraltar.

Profile: Julian’s girlfriend, Desiree, is due to give birth in August. Cyclist Julian represented Gibraltar at the Commonwealth Games (2006 and 2010) as a cyclist in the 40km time trial. He has only been rowing for five years.

In 2010 he attempted to row from Gib across the Atlantic but had to be towed to safety after his boat was driven dangerously close to rocks off Morocco in heavy weather conditions.

Height: 1.69m Weight: 72kg

Stuart Chamberlayne

Age: 22 (birthday July 19)

From: Coulsdon, Surrey. Is a member of Walton on Thames Rowing Club.

Profile: As a junior, Stuart cycled for the South East. He joined the Paras on his gap year and ended up on a six-month tour the front line at Nadj-E-Ali in Helmand province. He was recently travelling in New Zealand and Australia where he was planning to work in the mining industry when he was asked by David Hoskin to join the Team Hallin crew.

Height: 5ft 10ins Weight: 78kg

‘Hallin Marine 2’ is a 24ft Rossiter Ocean Rowing Boat. She has previously crossed both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and over the past 10 months has undergone a refit in the hands of Team Hallin in readiness for the voyage around Britain, which the team say is more challenging than crossing the Atlantic. You can keep up with Team Hallin on their website at

Team Hallin’s Charity: Combat Stress

Team Hallin are fundraising for Combat Stress,, the UK’s leading military charity specialising in the care of Veterans’ mental health.

Founded in 1919, their aim is to ensure that ex-Service men and women receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time.

At the moment, Combat Stress is working with over 5,200 Veterans – more than at any time in their long history. This includes 724 who served in Iraq and 396 who served in Afghanistan. Their youngest Veteran is just 18 years old. Demand for their services is rising: 1,500 Veterans contacted Combat Stress for help in the financial year 2011-2012.

Combat Stress treat conditions such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety disorders. Their services are free of charge to Veterans. To help them rebuild their lives, Combat Stress provides a range of services:

  • A 24-hour Helpline (tel: 0800 138 1619, text: 07537 404 719, or email: – the Helpline provides free and confidential mental health advice and support. It is for current and ex-Service personnel, and their families and carers;
  • Community Outreach – delivered by a national network of teams of Regional Welfare Officers (providing practical support) and community-based clinicians. Support is tailored to each Veteran’s needs;
  • Short-stay clinical treatment – with other Veterans – at one of three specialist Treatment Centres, in Ayrshire, Shropshire and Surrey. The treatment and care that we provide is tailored to each Veteran’s needs
  • A specialist Territorial and Reserve Forces Liaison Team;
  • NHS Specialised Commissioned Veterans’ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder programme. Combat Stress is a centre of excellence for the treatment of PTSD.


Team Hallin – David Hosking, Neil Ward, Julian Bellido and Stuart Chamberlayne – rowed 100 nautical miles during sea trials in Hallin Marine II over the Easter Weekend. Here is their report:

hallin-hoistOn Tuesday 26 March the boat was lifted into the water at Shepperton Marina on the River Thames and to David’s delight the vessel looked great after its 15-month-long refit.

London Olympic gold medal winner Sophie Hosking christened the boat ‘Hallin Marine II’ in front of a gathering of press reporters, before coaching the crew in their first training session in the new boat.

Wednesday 27 March was spent working on the boat and then loading the food and supplies required for the sea trials.

After safety briefs and equipment checks the team set off on Thursday afternoon to row down the River Thames – spending the night alongside in Kingston – where they witnessed a late night robbery.

hallin-nightDavid explains: While we were on ‘anchor’ watch with one crewmember sleeping in the rowing deck, Stu witnessed four youths with a white bag and big bolt croppers climb over the fence near the boat into a private boat club, which backed onto Hampton Court Palace and a private estate.

“We called the local police who went to the wrong side of the river. By the time they came to the correct location, it was some 20mins later and they thought the robbers would have been long gone. One policeman felt a bit guilty taking so long to respond that he donated money into our Combat Stress bucket!

‘Some 90 minutes later Neil, who was next on watch, saw the same four lads returning over the same fence with a full bag of stolen gear – again we phoned the police. This time they responded a bit quicker but missed the robbers as they crossed Kingston Bridge!”

hallin-stuartAt dawn on Good Friday March 28 the crew set off again and made good progress in a fast stream of flood water, arriving at Richmond lock at 8am.

Once through the lock the crew split into their sea-watches with David and Julian taking the first one-hour stint followed by Neil and Stu for the next.

Progress down the Tideway on the Thames was swift and for a short burst the top recorded speed was over 7.5kts with the tidal stream.

However, as the boat reached Battersea, the tide turned and for the next six hours the team had to row against a strong flood stream and into a moderate – and very cold – easterly wind.

hallin-tower-bridgeAfter a brief lunch stop on a buoy near Tower Bridge – where GBRow 2013 will start on June 1st – the crew continued rowing down river.

Soon after Greenwich the flood tide slackened off and as the team transited the Thames Barrier, through span Bravo, the tidal stream was again in their favour.

As night fell the east wind picked up and blowing against a fast-running ebb tidal stream, creating a short choppy sea. In the dark the crew picked up an empty mooring buoy near the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge.

hallin-neilThat night the temperatures fell well below zero and both the watermaker and the fuel cell froze as a result – but crew morale did not suffer in the very cold conditions. Ice formed on the boat as Stu slept on deck.

Easter Saturday was spent with more boat and crew drills before setting back up the Thames. Passing the Putney reach, Team Hallin watched the final practice session of the Oxford and Cambridge blue boats before the Boat Race on Easter Sunday afternoon.

After rowing 14hrs that day, including into a snow storm, the team spent the night opposite Hampton Court Palace.

hallin-upriverOn Easter Sunday the crew rowed upstream to Shepperton Marina – stopping off at Stu and David’s rowing club at Walton-on-Thames for bacon sandwiches. The rest of the day was then spent conducting auto-helm tests and setting to work on the spare tiller pilot.

On Monday 1st April the crew worked hard to rectify problem areas picked up from the sea trial, before the boat was lifted out of the water ready for inspection by the race scrutineer.