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(Newfoundland, Canada to UK)


In June 2024, Tom Waddington is heading out on a truly inspirational and record breaking endeavour. To become the fastest man in history to row from Canada to the UK across the North Atlantic Ocean. Mind Oar Matter is a declaration that with enough commitment and determination we can overcome the physical and mental challenges we face, no matter how insurmountable they seem. This expedition will allow Tom to share his message, long-backed by science, that sport and exercise elevates mood and mental well-being. Tom’s passion for this cause, comes from dealing with monumental loss and grief of his own.

“There have been less than 10 successful solo crossings from Canada to the UK and the current record stands at 38 days, held by Bryce Carlson.”


Once the row starts, there will be an interactive map here, allowing you to follow Tom live as he powers across the ocean, and enjoy his video and audio updates from the boat along the way. 


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Tom Waddington flipping a tractor tyre

Tom is a Yorkshireman living in Switzerland, where he works as a ski instructor and runs his own ski school. Tom is focused on achieving quality in all that he does. As well as a ski instructor, he is also the highest level of both trainer and examiner for the next generation of British ski instructors. In addition to this, he has represented Great Britain at Interski, a congress of ski nations that happens every four years, where each country showcases their best instructors.

In addition to skiing, Tom has been committed to training full time for this expedition, completing 400 hours of on sea experience to date, and worked with world class coaches. This includes multi day expeditions, overnight rowing, routing in bad weather conditions and getting to know how to live and create efficient routines on the boat.  The safety  requirement for the Mid Atlantic crossing is 150 hours of on sea experience.


The mission is simple: to promote mental health awareness, so suffering people will take action, seek help and get physically active via sports or exercise! Tom is passionate about raising £50,000 over the course of his row, for the charity Mind, a charity that provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. With a mission to not give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets support and respect.


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Please support Tom’s goal of raising £50,000 for his chosen charity Mind. Mind provides advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding. Making sure everyone gets both support and respect.

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In the lead-up to Tom’s expedition, he frequently shares chatty videos about his rigorous training, new kit, partnerships, and his own motivation and struggles. Throughout the row, his boat will have live updates across the North Atlantic. But for now, join Tom on his social channels as he embarks on his biggest challenge yet.

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Partnering in this project provides a fantastic opportunity to support mental health awareness and to benefit from the wide publicity around this record breaking attempt and it’s values. It also presents a unique opportunity to engage employees and clients in the process of ‘Matching-the-Miles’! 

“Regarded as the world’s most dangerous row!The largest wave ever recorded, 29 meters, was in the North Atlantic Ocean.”