Pete Rhodes, a rope access manager, father and adventurer from Alford, Aberdeenshire will be setting off on a journey of immense magnitude – a solo row across the North Atlantic Ocean. More people have summited Mount Everest than rowed the Atlantic, and there’s good reason for that. During the 2,000-mile journey, Pete will encounter nature in its rawest and most powerful forms – icebergs, storms, wind, waves and of course amazing wildlife. Pete’s expectation is to not only survive these challenges but thrive in the conditions they throw at him.

the route

The journey will start from St Johns, Newfoundland where Pete will depart from Quidi Vidi harbour and arrive in Oban, Scotland around 50 days later. The exact route will be determined by the prevailing weather and daily updates will be computed on board to ensure the most efficient passage possible.

The effort that the actual row will involve is immense, but the preparation to get the expedition underway is equally as vast. Pete will be learning a vital range of new skills including boat building and maintenance, navigation techniques and seamanship. Not to mention the physical training to endure 50 days of hard ocean rowing.


As the project progresses we will be sharing a number of ways you can keep up-to-date with Pete’s progress during this preparation stage as well as how to follow the journey live.

Read on to find out what Pete hopes to achieve and why he believes he can do it on the Story page.