Tom Rendell has served for eight years in the Royal Marines seeing active service in Kosovo and Afghanistan.
Tom enjoys fishing and lists tuna steak as one of his favourite foods, although there is no time to fish in the team’s grueling regime of rowing twenty four hours a day for over a month. He is now a personal trainer at Clifton College in Bristol and a Royal Marines Reservist.
Tom describes the feelings on board the Ocean Rowing boat as they head towards the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. In just a few days the team will be at the halfway point in the expedition; over 1000 miles from land and a long way from human contact, the British Ocean Racing Team are unsupported; they have no support vessel with them.
“Yes, we are on our own but if we are to successfully complete this task, our achievement is heavily reliant on all four of us hanging together as a team and we are all capable of doing that, teamwork is instilled into every Royal Marine, it is in our mind-set.
On a personal level I have wanted to row an ocean since I was about fourteen and when I heard about the Atlantic row I started to train for it straight away, I was very pleased to be selected for the team and I am looking forward to completing the task and arriving in Barbados, hopefully breaking the world record.”
Currently the British Ocean Rowing Team are ahead of schedule and one of the crucial factors is the weather as tactical navigator Mike Broughton explains;
“The weather has been close to perfect so far with tail winds pushing the team on. There was a possibility of them being caught up in the recent storms that have hit the UK and that is why the team have taken a more southerly course. The threat of headwinds is still there, especially over the next few days and the team is maintaining a southerly course.”