THE ENGINOARS

Four Engineers from England and Norway will be rowing unsupported for 4,800 km across the Atlantic Ocean​

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THE SKIPPER

Name: Rufus Mitchell-Heggs

Age: 27

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EARLY LIFE AND CAREER:

Rufus 27, is a Bio-Engineer working towards a PhD in Neurotechnology at Imperial College London and the University of Edinburgh.  Working also as a consultant, he is obsessed with optimizing the team’s campaign and racing strategy.

INSPIRATION FOR ROWING THE ATLANTIC:

The idea of rowing the Atlantic first came to Rufus as he waved his brother off in the 2019 Atlantic race.  He was in awe of the electric energy surrounding the 35 teams and the monumental unknown that lay ahead of them.  For him, out of all the roads he’d ran, lakes he’d swam, and mountains he’d climbed – nothing amounted to the challenge and adventure of rowing an ocean.

 
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THE JACK OF ALL TRADES

Name: Simen Sandtorv Hansen

Age: 28

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EARLY LIFE AND CAREER:

Simen 28, is an Aerospace Engineer at Clara Venture labs, Bergen developing regenerative hydrogen fuel cell systems for lunar night survival.   With the many things that can go wrong on an Atlantic crossing, every team needs a quick thinker and a calm action taker.

INSPIRATION FOR ROWING THE ATLANTIC:

“I like to do difficult things. Combining the row with our cause, will hopefully put some new eyes, hearts and minds on today’s hardest challenge – global sustainability. I believe we all should focus more on leaving the world better than we found it.”

 
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THE EXPERIENCE

Name: Thor-Martin Sandtorv

Age: 29

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EARLY LIFE AND CAREER:

Thor 29,  is a Marine-Engineer on-board the Norwegian Tall ship the “Statsraad Lehmkuhl” currently circumnavigating the world's oceans. His life experience on the seas will be crucial in navigating the ever changing and unpredictable Atlantic conditions.

 

INSPIRATION FOR ROWING THE ATLANTIC:

At the Atlantic race periode his Sailship will also cross the Atlantic Ocean, but Thor will not ask the wind for help crossing this ocean. Instead Thor will row 4800 km with the Enginoars because the challenge is too good to miss out on.

One of Thor's biggest appreciations at sea is the teamwork in the struggle towards the common goal. When he was asked to row the Atlantic Ocean, he realised that this must be the ultimate challenge in teamwork, a challenge where every crew member is dependent on each other. He knows this - because he spent his best time at sea, and his worst time at sea. But in hindsight, they all somehow become positive memories to cherish for a lifetime.


One of the things that makes the strongest impression out on the big ocean is marine wildlife. It can go days without seeing anything else than the waste ocean, but the moment you spot and big whale so near you catch eye contact - you really get an overwhelming feeling of how special and unique the ocean is, and how important it is to protect it. 

 
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EARLY LIFE AND CAREER:

Sindre 25, is a Computer Engineer working as an IT Consultant at Alv, Oslo, Norway. Equipped with energy to spare, this high functioning “lifaholic” will be crucial in leading the team in mental endurance!

 

INSPIRATION FOR ROWING THE ATLANTIC:

Sindre first got hooked on the idea after the team asked him to help them with fundraising. The more he got involved and the more he thought about it, the more he wanted to row himself. He’s previously challenged himself with marathons and triathlons, but nothing has been even remotely as challenging as the task of rowing the Atlantic. What excites him the most is the mental challenge of living on a small boat for over a month and performing under extreme conditions.

THE WORKHORSE

Name: Sindre Toft-Nordal

Age: 25

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FUNDRAISING TEAM

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Name: Timothy Pratt

Age: 26

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With his life-long built resilience, passion for adventure, and problem-solving mindset, Tim is keen to use his experience, to promote and encourage young engineers to choose and build their future.