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The Impossible Row – Jamie Douglas-Hamilton (1995) 

British Entrepreneur Breaks Five World Records becoming first to row the Drake Passage.
A team including Britain’s Jamie Douglas-Hamilton, founder of ACTIPH Water, became the first to row from Cape Horn in Chile to Antarctica battling brutal storms and freezing cold conditions in the notorious Drake Passage – the world’s most treacherous stretch of water. In 2014, Jamie was part of a team who set two Guinness World Records by rowing 5,000 miles across the vast Indian Ocean, all the way from Australia to Africa – meaning he now holds an incredible seven Guinness World Records.

“In the 12 days we endured a lot of pain, exhaustion, sleep deprivation and severe cold which has now led to frost nip in my feet and fingers a condition that takes weeks or even months to recover from. I also lost two stone in weight, but all the pain and suffering disappeared as we reached the South Shetland Islands and rowed through the most pristine and beautiful landscape I have ever seen. We passed icebergs the size of towns and islands that looked like Himalayan peaks and were followed by orcas, whales and thousands of penguins for the last 150 miles.

IMPOSSIBLE ROW GALLERY (photo credit Discovery)

“This challenge was labelled the ‘The Impossible Row’ as everyone told us we were crazy to even try it and that it could never be done. We believed we had a chance with the right preparation, training, team and determination. Just like my grandad’s expedition over Mount Everest inspired me to take up challenges that led to rowing the Indian Ocean and founding ACTIPH Water, I hope in time this expedition will inspire people to follow their dreams and to challenge the status quo. What might seem impossible rarely is if you truly believe in what you are doing and are determined to make it a reality.”

The expedition was recorded by Discovery, which is airing as a 1.5 hour documentary on Discovery Channel in 210 countries later this year.


Whole way to Stokeyo - Jamie Ramsay (1992)

Jamie, no stranger to cycling and running huge distances around various parts of the globe, is currently cycling around GB to raise support for the Olympics and the GB athletes.

Originally, Jamie’s plan was to cycle from London to Tokyo for the start of the Olympics. But COVID-19’s shadow put the brakes on that plan. Instead, he is cycling from London to Stokeyo (aka Stoke-on-Trent) in a circuitous route that will take him 10000km; about the same distance to Tokyo in a straight line.

To keep abreast of how he's getting on go to his website - or view his progress on a map,