DSMC are proud to support

 The Men of Oar

when they row the Atlantic in December 2018.


You can support them too and help them raise money for both Bowel Cancer UK and Combat Stress.

Just click the link below to donate


The Challenge

The Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is an annual race from La Gomera in the Canary Islands to Antigua.


In mid-December, approximately 20-30 crews will set off to row the 3,000 nautical miles to Nelson's Dockyard in Antigua. The fastest crews will make it in 5 weeks but for the slower boats spending over 90 days at sea is not unheard of.  From the moment they leave La Gomera, all rowers go through the same routine - eat, row, sleep repeat - 2 hours on, 2 hours off until they see the welcoming sight of the coastline of Antigua. 


Less people have rowed the Atlantic than have climbed Everest or been to Space.  Perhaps it is the daily 20 foot waves, perhaps it is the thought of spending 7 weeks on 8 square metres of floating fibreglass with three other men with only the promise of blisters aggrevated by salt and the chance of spotting a mythical sea creature to ease the boredom, or perhaps the view from the rowing seat doesn't quite compare to that from the highest mountain in the world.  Rowers race not just against the other crews, but against the deterioration of their own bodies and minds.  This is an endurance event like no other - a psychological challenge as much as a physical one.  Regardless of the view, the completion of the challenge is the reward in itself because the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge is the World's toughest row.




In August 2016, Robin was diagnosed with Bowel Cancer which came as somewhat of a shock for an active 33 year old with dreams of adventure.  Robin was lucky, being diagnosed at stage 2, the cancer had not spread and was treatable through surgery and chemotherapy.  Many young people who suffer from Bowel Cancer suffer a far worse fate because of a lack of symptoms or misdiagnosis.  The decision to row the Atlantic Ocean came from a desire to undertake an adventure to celebrate surviving cancer and to do something to help people who have the disease in the future.  

Robin quickly found his friends and family to be supportive.  Dave, Will and Sam also wanted to do something life changing, sharing in the adventure of raising £250,000 for charities.

​The crew have a strong link to the Armed Forces; three are serving officers in the Army.  As such, they are all too aware of the devastating effect post traumatic stress disorder has on service people, their families and their friends.  Combat Stress does a fantastic job in helping service people deal with the daily difficulties they face as a result of their service.


The UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health

For almost a century, they've helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health problems such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The fourth most common cancer in the UK

Almost 42,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK. Click below to learn about the symptoms of bowel cancer. If you have one or more of these, or things just don't feel right, go to see your GP.

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