3,000 MILES

On 13th February 2019, The Grandads of The Atlantic set a new world record as the oldest pair to row across ANY ocean.

Their 3,000 mile challenge took them across the Atlantic, from la Gomera to Antigua, as part of the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge. 

It took them 63 days and 22 minutes.


Book the Grandads as  inspirational speakers for your next event

The Grandads are raising money for Royal British Legion Industries, Dreams Come True and Support our Paras


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In their (much) younger days, our intrepid Grandads of the Atlantic completed officer training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and were both commissioned into the Parachute Regiment.


They first met in 1978 as Platoon Commanders on their first tour with 2 PARA in Berlin and later as instructors in Aldershot, where they trained recruits. They also played rugby in the army together and have remained friends for nearly 40 years.


Good luck with your epic journey as you take part in the 2018 Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge to row 3,000 miles unassisted across the Atlantic and whilst doing so undertaking to raise £250k for some fantastic well-deserved charities.Your family and friends must be so proud of you both.  

I wish you both the very best and hope very much you achieve your goals. With your military background I have no doubt you will.


It will get tough, but that's when the tough get going.This will be a trip to remember!!  


All the best

Sir Steve Redgrave CBE DL
GB Rower and five-times Olympic gold medallist

GOOD LUCK Grandads Neil & Peter.


2Para veterans grandads the oldest pair to attempt to row the Atlantic for charity 3000 miles Dec 2018 WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT.


All the best!


Three thousand miles in a rowing boat in your sixties? It sounds crazy, but I’ve known Neil for over 40 years and there is no one more capable of making that happen and generating funds for three worthy charities in the process.


Good luck guys.

Paul Ackford

England and British Lions, 1988-1991

These two Airborne warriors served with me as young men and I am glad to see that age hasn't mellowed their determined spirit. I have no doubt they will succeed against any odds and I will be supporting them all the way.

General Sir Mike Jackson GCB CBE DSO DL

Chief of the General Staff 2003 - 2006

"I fully support Neil and Peter in their extraordinary adventure. Rowing the Atlantic is an incredible challenge, not just physically, but mentally too. It requires resourcefulness, courage and determination. This is in the DNA of every Airborne soldier and does not diminish with age."

Lieutenant General Sir John Lorimer KCB DSO MBE

Colonel Commandant The Parachute Regiment


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