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University of London alumni complete epic row across the Atlantic Ocean

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The Tidewaves, a trio of UoL alumni, has arrived on the Caribbean island of Antigua to complete the World’s Toughest Row 2023, a 3,000 mile-race across the Atlantic Ocean by rowing boat.

Louise Cox, Robyn Hart-Winks and Jordan Cole-Hossain left San Sebastian de La Gomera in Spain in December 2023.  After 47 days, 6 hours and 36 minutes at sea, the trio finally set foot on dry land on Monday 29 January and were happily reunited with their families.

The Tidewaves were the 21st team to arrive at the finish line at Antigua and were racing Team Ace Of Blades at the last stretch for final position. Watch this video (YouTube) to see the team cross the finish line and reflect on the journey in interviews.

The Tidewaves rowers on Dotty

University of London was proud to sponsor the team who had initially met at the University of London Boat Club (ULBC) while completing their studies.

University of London Vice-Chancellor, Professor Wendy Thomson CBE said:

The University of London is delighted to be able to support the Tidewaves team, who have showed such great determination, courage and stamina in rowing across the Atlantic in aid of SportAid Scotland, Access Sport and London Youth Rowing. We hope Tidewaves supporters will continue to donate to these worthy causes even now Louise, Robyn and Jordan are back on dry land!

The three rowers faced a series of physical and mental challenges during the competition including Atlantic storms, building-sized waves, exhaustion, sickness and dehydration.

As part of the Row, the Tidewaves raised funds for three charities dedicated to creating equal opportunities for young people in sport.

Robyn’s chosen charity was SportAid Scotland, which provides financial support to talented young Scottish people competing in sports.

Louise chose Access Sport, a charity helping community sports clubs, organisations and volunteers to provide inclusive sport programmes.

Lastly, London Youth Rowing was selected by Jordan to support their cause of encouraging young people from diverse and disadvantaged backgrounds to get involved in rowing.

If you are interested in supporting the Tidewaves and their chosen charities, please visit their dedicated donation page.

Louise CRobyn Hart-Winks and Jordan Cole-Hossain celebrate their win
Louise Cox, Robyn Hart-Winks and Jordan Cole-Hossain at the finish line in Antigua (Photo credit: World’s Toughest Row)
The Tidewaves UoL trio celebrating the final
Photo credit: World’s Toughest Row