Richard Pinches (Filming)
Richard and his team are providing Fourbirdsaboating with film footage of their journey, to be used for promotional, educational, and fundraising purposes, including a documentary post ocean row in 2015. Richard will be responsible for editing the team’s 3D film footage of flora, fauna, marine debris, and animal behaviour during the 8 month row. Meadows Farm Studios are Gold sponsors of the Pacific Ocean row. Follow them on Twitter here and Facebook here.
I have always been good at art but I swapped pencil and brush for camera and film when I went to Art College to study photography. I have my own studio complex on my family farm in Henley-on-Thames. I have been an advertising photographer, shooting for major global brands like BMW, Dell, Sony, Rolls Royce, British Airways and Xerox, for nearly 30 years. You will have seen my photographs in car magazines, glossy magazines, posters, billboards, buses and the internet of course. I’m now shooting for commercial video projects but my real passion is making films. I’m shooting documentaries and short films and loving the experience.
Chris and Paul Walker (Photography)
Paul and Chris met Sarah after making initial contact on Twitter. A few cups of coffee and a cake later at the Chocolate Theatre Café in Henley-On-Thames one drizzly Sunday morning, after a good natter with Sarah, they were hooked! Chris is a background artiste working in film and TV in which she was delighted to find she shared a common interest with Sarah through Screenlite Agency. Follow Chris on Twitter here.
Paul is an accountant with a background in education and currently a Finance Manager at The Association of Commonwealth Universities in London. He is also a keen photographer in his spare time. You can see his work on Facebook including highlights from the 2013 Afro Models Awards Show and stills from the short film ‘The Journey of Alfred Small’. Follow Paul on Twitter here. Paul is a Kit Sponsor of the 2014 Pacific Ocean row.
Christine Wilson (Homeopathy)
Christine is putting together lots of lotions and potions for the team whilst they train, and for during the Pacific Ocean row. For a variety of conditions from bruises and scrapes, to seasickness, boat capsizes and bad weather, stress, allergy desensitization, and help with polyphasic sleep patterns. Christine runs clinics in Marlow, Maidenhead, and High Wycombe. Visit Christine’s Love My Health website here. Christine is a Kit Sponsor of the 2014 Pacific Ocean row.
Jenny McBean (Business Coaching)
Jenny meets regularly with the Fourbirdsaboating team, helping them with a wide range of new challenges, from organising their time, planning ahead, dealing with presentation nerves, and transitioning from small scale school project to registered UK charity.
I completed my training with the Coaching Academy, with a distinction, and have subsequently coached teenagers to retirees on a wide spectrum of business and personal development issues.
Celine Samson (Sports Massage)
Celine provides the team with regular sports massages and massage therapy training to help their bodies get prepared for rowing 15 hours a day on the Pacific Ocean. Not only does this help them prepare thoroughly for their expedition, but it also gives them a little bit of mental relaxation away from the stresses of media interviews and project logistics.
Being exposed to the healing arts from an early age helped me to discover my vocation in life lay in helping people through massage and holistic body work. I started massaging over 30 years ago enabling me to develop my intuition and touch sensitivity. This helps me tailor my treatments for the unique needs of every client. I have a lifelong quest to continue to explore my technical knowledge and expertise by attending a cross section of CPD workshops and seminars across the country and abroad. You can never get bored learning this subject!
Stokey Woodall (Weather Router)
“Stokey” is a well-known ocean sailor who has in 33 years made some 30 Trans-Atlantic crossings and amassed more than a quarter of a million sea miles. He is a highly respected teacher in celestial navigation and has sailed to the Azores some 89 times teaching students completing their Ocean Yachtmaster certification.
Stokey will be the man to guide the Fourbirdsaboating team safely through whatever whether the Pacific Ocean wants to throw at them, and will be in touch with the team on a daily basis whilst at sea.
More about Stokey on his website here.
Dr Alexander Kumar (Expedition Medic)
As well as being Patron to the charity, Alex is an experienced wilderness medic and NHS Doctor in London, having recently spent a year as theEuropean Space Agency’s Base Medic in Antarctica, and as Medic to Sir Rannulph Fiennes’ ‘Coldest Journey’ expedition in 2013. Alex will be the first port of call for any medical advice whilst the ladies are at sea.
Crispin Rossiter (Boat Builder)
“Cris has worked at the family boat yard since 2006 and now heads Rossiter Rowing Boats always striving to provide the best possible service for not just our customers but all ocean rowers. Cris served his boat building apprenticeship with Blondecell of Southampton while studying at Solent Universities marine campus. At Blondecell Cris built over 100 Hawk 20 day sailing boats and worked on and built a wide variety of boats including, the opulent Discovery 55 yachts, a 70′ steel hulled Arctic Whale research vessel for IFAW, 75′ Sea Scout training ship, luxury house boats with bespoke granite galleys and hot tubs, super-fast Bladerunner power boats and all manner of craft in-between. After leaving Blondecell Cris worked for Yachting Projects in Hamble Point Marina building Swordsman power boats and carrying out general repairs and maintenance to the wide variety of boats in the marina.
Before Cris started building boats he was a cocktail barman and cook in Southampton and the New Forest’s various bars and pubs helping the good people of the South coast make the most of their evenings out!!!”
Find out more about Crispin and Rossiter’s boats on their website.
Dan Worsley (Boat Builder)
In September 2005 Dan joined us as an apprentice boat builder. Since that first day Dan has become a valued member of our team, never shying away from learning a new skill. Most recently Dan has perfected the art of spray painting boats, which is fantastic for us to be able to keep it in house. Dan’s versatility sees him carry out all aspects of boat yard work from joinery to helping lift the boats in and out of the water. Dan has now built or worked on dozens of ocean and coastal rowing boats to an exceptionally high standard.
He is a keen sailor in his spare time and is often seen sailing in the Solent and further afield.
Simon Crowther (Boat Builder)
When Simon joined us several years ago he bought with him a wealth of boatbuilding experience which without we wouldn’t be able to now produce the high quality boats we do. Simon shows real expertise in his craft on a daily basis and constructs even our largest boats with ease and a smile. Utilising modern state of the art materials and equipment Simon demonstrates a flair for producing a quality finish to every job he does.
Before he came to us Simon built exquisite racing yachts that have sailed on all of the world’s oceans, he and his family are all avid sailors.
Dave Williams (Marine Electrician)
Dave is a highly trained and BMET qualified marine electrician. He astounds us with his knowledge of electronics and relating subject, from wiring grades to the best satellite systems to use for certain pieces equipment. Dave has not only installed every major brand of marine electronics, he also produces wiring diagrams and is more than happy to sit on the boats with customers and give run through tuition on the operation of the equipment. If you are really lucky he may even find time to tell you about his holiday in Barbados!!!
Phillip (Fuzzy) Chuck (Boat Fitting)
Phillip came to us on the recommendation of our rowing equipment manufacturers Neaves Rowing Services and we cannot thank them enough. Phillip bought his experience as a coach and rower at Bournemouth University. Other than being fantastic at setting up boats, he has also become a real asset in fitting out, as well as developing a skill for the lay up process. We are not sure where the ‘Fuzzy’ nickname comes from and I’m not sure we want to know!!!
Peter May and Tom Sowerby (RYA Instruction)
The Fourbirdsaboating team will undertake all of their required RYA training courses with Peter and Tom through Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School based at the Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, close to Henley-On-Thames. Bisham Abbey Sailing and Navigation School are Kit Sponsors of Fourbirdsaboating. Check out the gallery for more pictures of the team’s training or become a training event sponsor here.
Jo Tall (Lawyer)
Jo Tall provides the Fourbirdsaboating team with legal advice on a wide range of topics. Find out more about Jo Tall and her business here, or follow her on Twitter or Facebook. Off to See My Lawyer are a Silver Sponsor of the Fourbirdsaboating.
Roger Overall (Podcast)
Roger Overall is the man behind the Fourbirdsaboating weekly podcast, and is based in Cork, Ireland.
“I’m both Dutch and English, a parent from each country. I was moulded in England and finished in Holland, then my wife brought me to Ireland.
I failed the application process for the photography academy in The Hague. Instead I got a degree in Anthropology.
I worked in publishing in London and became a shipping correspondent. That was international, so I travelled the world, gathering stories to be printed on paper. The internet was fledgling back then.
Photography never let go of me, so after a decade as a writer I switched and spent the next ten years telling stories through photographs. I still do.
Along the way, I started started podcasting and producing short films”.