In 2013, Tom was called upon last minute to join a rowing team who had prepared for over a year to take on The World’s Toughest Rowing Race, across the Atlantic Ocean. With only days to prepare after agreeing to take part, Tom and the Atlantic Quad team set out on the 23 December 08:00 hours from The Canary Islands to row the 3,000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean to the Caribbean Island of Antigua.
They faced big challenges along the way such as the autopilot cable snapping and near capsizing as well as the potential disaster when the desalinator stopped working and they were running out of drinking water. However they pulled together and managed to overcome these problems to complete their goal of crossing the Atlantic Ocean.
They rowed into English Harbour in Antigua at 1am on Wednesday 5th February to the cheers of friends and family. The row took them 43 days, 21 hours, 3 minutes and 30 seconds, propelling them into the record books as having the youngest crew member, 16 years old, to row across the Atlantic.