Stormy Sea

Team Commando Spirit

We’re a team of four Royal Marines Commandos taking on one of the toughest challenges in the world

– rowing 3,000 miles across the ocean, unaided, in the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge.

GARETH EVANS

GARETH EVANS

38

Serving Colour Sergeant in the Royal Marines. 18 years’ service with operational Tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We’re the first four man team of Royal Marines to take on the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge and we’re determined to win. As a team, we have a mission to highlight mental health issues for ex-service personnel. ‘It’s OK not to feel OK’ – that’s the clear message we want to send.”

SIMON HICKLIN

SIMON HICKLIN

50

Retired Colour Sergeant with 22 years’ service. Operational Tours of Northern Ireland, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“Our Royal Marines and Team Commando Spirit values will be uppermost in my mind throughout the challenge. With courage, determination, unselfishness and cheerfulness, I’m more than confident that we’ll make it happen. It’s all about comradeship. We can do this!”

TRISTAN LARK

TRISTAN LARK

38

Former Sergeant with 14 years’ service in the Royal Marines, finishing as a PT Staff Instructor. Operational Tours of Sierra Leone, Afghanistan and The Gulf of Aden.

“I have first-hand experience of the effects of mental health problems. This challenge is part of my own rehabilitation and a way of giving back - supporting other service men and women on their road to recovery.”

CALUM MACRAE

CALUM MACRAE

39

Former Marine with nine years’ service in the Royal Marines. Operational Tours of Iraq and Afghanistan.

“We have a saying in the Royal Marines: ‘No cuff too tough.’ We’re always up for taking on the biggest challenges. We improvise, adapt and overcome – and approach it all with a sense of humour.”

The Whole Team

We’re working with a crack squad to help us prepare for our big challenge.

Christine Madden

Christine Madden

Project Lead

Rich Pencott

Rich Pencott

Producer/Director

Kevin Hill

Kevin Hill

Creative Director

Niki Hutchinson

Niki Hutchinson

Press

Will Scammell

Will Scammell

Team Photographer

Andrew Dell

Andrew Dell

Writer

Leyton Lark

Leyton Lark

Special Advisor

With special thanks to:

Anna and Simon at Exposure Photo Agency….Simon and Laura at imp Graphics….Jim and Gavin at Red Air Drones….Tracie, Dave and all the team at Lake Yard….Ildiko Kmeth….Ryan and the team at Turnchapel Wharf….Malcolm Snelgrove….Steve and Elite Marine Services….Jon ‘Peggy’ Seward